The next few weeks are a really big deal for our family — our oldest child is getting ready to start school! We are all so excited, and I know there are so many other parents going through the same emotions right now, too! This will be a huge change for all of us, so I’m making some back-to-school journal spreads to get us organized and ready!
These back to school journal spreads are really just lists to keep a busy mom sane (or at least an organized version of almost-sane). You can put them in your planner, bullet journal, diary, calendar, or just set up a whole different notebook for these lists. I’ll be putting mine in my collections journal. (If you’re not familiar with that, you can check out my current journal setup here.) Then you can have all the school information you need at a glance without having to track down random pieces of paper that get lost or spend time googling everything.
Back to School Journal Spreads
I have this one right after my future planning and birthdays list. Instead of re-writing all the info, I just glued in the copy the school gave us. Now I will always have all the school holidays, report card dates, etc. with me!
If your child is starting school for the first time, see if your school has a readiness checklist. Check things off as your child can do them, and then you’ll feel really prepared for the first day! This will also give you an idea of what you need to work on before the big day.
Notebooks, folders, pencils – check check check! Again, not a list I would want to lose!
I am so excited about this one! The day before school I’m going to sit down with my son and ask him some questions: favorite color, favorite animal, favorite food, what he wants to be when he grows up, and more. I’ll write down his answers on the left page, and leave the right page blank. On the last day of kindergarten I’ll ask him the same questions, record his answers (on that page that I left blank), and see if they’ve changed any. What questions would you ask?
School Year Milestones
There are going to be so many firsts this year! First field trip, first report card, the first time he comes home and tells me he has a girlfriend (*GASP!!!*), and I just don’t want to forget them!
New Daily Routine
If you’re like us, starting school means a new routine. Save yourself some headaches and sketch out your new morning routine. Try it in pencil first so that you can adjust as necessary if something isn’t working. You might want to include wake up time, a checklist for what needs to be done before leaving the house (breakfast, potty, brush teeth, grab homework…). I’ll also be including my son’s bus number, bus driver’s name, and pick up/drop off times.
School and Class Information
This sounds like an obvious one, right? But in case there’s an emergency, this is information you won’t want to waste time looking up. I will definitely have the school’s name, address, phone number, and administrator’s names and contact info. And we can’t forget the teacher’s name and contact information. It’s also a good idea to know how many other students are in the class (how many boys, how many girls), and if there are any known allergies. If you already have all of that info, preparing for class parties will be so much easier!
Since we’re new to the whole school thing, I’m really hoping these seven school journal spreads will keep me organized. As we go through the year, I’m sure I will add even more, but this will get us off to a great start!