Back to school is coming – can you believe August 1st is next week? You’ve only got a few more weeks of summer left, which means your time to prepare for the busy school year is getting shorter and shorter. You may be able to just wake up the first day of school and hit the road (and kudos to you if you can), but we have Toyota of Orlando tips that will help make the transition off of the lazy days of summer a lot easier. Let’s get started!
Tip #1: Adjust your sleep schedule. School days call for earlier wake times and earlier bed times, so start getting your family in the habit now. It’s much easier to gradually adjust your sleep schedule than it is to just jump in feet first the first day of school. Edge bedtimes earlier and wake times earlier until school begins; this will help prepare everyone (especially the little ones) for the big day.
Tip #2: Get organized. Before you try to tackle back to school, get organized. Clean out your car and give it a good car detailing, pack up backpacks, meal plan/buy supplies for lunch and dinner, and get a calendar or an app to help keep all after-school activities and appointments organized. It’s easy to let things slip through the cracks when life gets hectic during the school year, so having a schedule each week can alleviate some of your stress (and also save you time and money). Don’t forget to get the carpool set up, too!
Tip #3: Plan your route. Do you know how you’re going to get to school drop-off and pickup? How does it play into your normal commute? Remember, with school back in session there will be more traffic and school zones will also be up and running. Be sure you know how to get where you’re going, an alternate route for your journey, and allow yourself plenty of time. Our Orlando Toyota dealership recommends giving yourself plenty of extra time on the day of, too – it’s nice to have a few minutes to get the kids acquainted with the classroom before you leave.
Tip #4: Shop for supplies. Buy school supplies NOW. Tax-free week is next week in Orange County, and that can shave major money off of your back to school costs. If you shop now, you’ll also get great sales and have plenty of supplies to choose from… the pickings tend to get slim after school is back in session, and prices go up.
Tip #5: Do a practice run. The day before school begins, consider doing a practice run, especially if it’s a first-timer heading off to class. This will help you get to know your route and prepare your new student for busy mornings.
Tip #6: Prepare paperwork. Remember, schools require documents for student entry (like immunization records). Be sure you’ve turned everything in or have it on hand for the first day of school so there’s no delay getting your kids into the classroom.
We hope your back to school is easy breezy – have a great year!