Back to School Guide: School Prep Checklist

Use this printable cheat sheet to keep your back to school goals in sight.

The kids get their list of school supplies each fall. Why should they have all the fun?

Here's what you'll need in terms of supplies, information and systems to get your school year off right:

Supplies to buy:

  • 3-ring binder
  • Large plastic envelope
  • Pocket folders for each child
  • Clear protector sheets
  • Index sheets
  • Label maker
  • Paper calendar
  • Cubbies or drawers for activities
  • Pens
  • Printer paper
  • High lighters
  • Sharpies
  • Needles & Thread for last minute rips

Info to gather:

  • Medical forms (originals and 5 copies, original also scanned into computer)
  • Class list (hard copy & electronic)
  • Emergency contact info (make hard and electronic copies for your home, cell, caregiver and kids)
  • Activity dates and times plus carpool info (hard copy & electronic)
  • After school care and activities lined up
  • Vacation days highlighted in your home (paper) calendar and electronic calendar with a caregiver plan at least 3 months in advance

Technology to help:

  • Electronic calendar
  • Scanner
  • Printer
  • Downloadable apps such as ReQuall, The Agenda Widget, or See-Fi Calendar

Nightly Checklist

  • Homework checked
  • Tests signed
  • School forms reviewed
  • Calendar reviewed and updated
  • Email to confirm playdates, carpool, etc.
  • Lunches packed
  • Clothes laid out
  • Uniforms, instruments near back pack

Morning Checklist

  • Check the Family Binder
  • Check outbox for last-minute items
  • Run through the day with kids, caregiver, spouse
  • Breathe. Smile. You're doing great!
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