The Friday Five: Making Back-to-School a Little Simpler


Would you believe the kids and I are  already back-to-school?  We set our own calendar as homeschoolers, but actually many local schools are currently in session, too.  I would wager that some of you are reading this after sending your own kids off to school this morning. I raise my coffee mug to you, mamas and papas.

After a wonderful, whirlwind summer it seems a little mind-boggling that it is time once again for backpacks and books.

My own kids are taking classes and are participating in more clubs and activities outside of our home this year and it has been a little shocking how quickly our calendar switched from block parties, play dates at the park, and mornings at the creek to meetings, classes, and practices.

In many ways, this return to steadier routines is actually kind of nice, and we do limit the number of activities the kids participate in, but I can see how things could get overwhelming in a hurry this school year.

So, for this week’s Friday Five I’m sharing five resources to making going back-to-school a little simpler, and know that I’m sharing this list for myself just as much as for all of you.

Back-to-School Simplified

5 Resources to make going back to school a little simpler

1. Back to School: 6 Things Your Child’s Teacher Wants You to Know from the Simple Kids archives, written by teacher Emily Carter.

2. Six Tips for Starting Kindergarten – another goodie from the Simple Kids archives, from mom of three Robin Zipporah.

3. Lunchboxes – Pinterest board where I’m collecting helpful tips and ideas for packed lunches (a whole new world to me, wow!)

4. 31 Back to School Freezer Meals from Once a Month Mom such a good idea to prep now for the busy season ahead!

5. The Confident Mom Back 2 School Survival Guide is full of ideas to help your family make a smooth transition from Summer to school.

As for me and my family, we are three weeks into our homeschool year and the kids Autumn clubs and activities have already begun.  I suppose that means I should probably get my back-to-school shopping done, eh? (Or else this will be known as the year of the stubby pencils and broken crayons, ha ha!)

Here’s to a fantastic school year!

Do you have a great tip or resource to share to help simplify back to school? Share in the comments.

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at

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