It's that time of year again - back to school for all your kiddos. Or maybe it's their very first year, how exciting! Shifting from Summer to Fall and back-to-school is exciting but can sometimes create a little chaos. Here are a few tips we have found have helped over the years to have a smooth transition into the school year. Tip #1: Calming Back-to-School Jitters \tNo matter what their age, starting at a new school can be scary. Help calm those jitters by visiting the school ahead of time. This way they will be familiar with their surroundings and feel more at ease. Also, knowing what to expect is half the battle. \tOn their first day and any special day that follows, send a hand written lunch note with them in their lunch bag. It lets them know you care, and they'll appreciate the special treat. Make your own or use one of these Free Printable Lunch Notes shown below. These bright and friendly little note cards come with encouraging messages that may help ease some back to school jitters. All you have to do is print and cut each card out as you need them. There are six different adorable note cards in total, each one with a different message that you can finish filling out. Pop them in with their lunch or attach them to specific items. They are surely going to be the highlight of their day. Here is your Download file: >>Download the Free Printable Lunch Notes here Tip #2: Create a New Schedule and Limit Extra Curricular Activities (if possible) \tPrint a schedule for September and post it in a central location. Block out all important dates and extra curricular activities for the month. If someone can't remember a time or date, all they have to do is check the schedule. \tFor the first few weeks in September, if possible, try to limit the extra curricular activities and appointments you and the kids take on. Once you've adjusted to the new school schedule, you'll have a better feel for what you can all handle. Tip #3: Get Ready the Night Before \tAnything you can get done the night before will help you once that alarm clock sounds in the morning. Lay out clothes ahead of time so the kids aren't scrambling looking for a specific shirt they want to wear. \tMake breakfast ahead of time. There are endless easy breakfast recipes out there that you can make ahead of time to have on hand for the week. Keep recipes in mind that can be grabbed on the go and don't require too many extras like cutlery, sauces or sides. A great on the go breakfast to pack ahead for the kids is a bottle of milk with a container of their favorite cereal. Add fresh berries and get in some extra tasty nutrition. They can literally grab it and go and eat it almost anywhere. Tip #4: Emphasize the Positives \tMake a list of all the positive things about going back to school with your kids. Remind them of things like making new friends, hanging out with old friends, sharing fun activities from Summer holidays, buying cool new school supplies and new clothes, starting new activities etc. Once they are reminded of all the positives, the things that were worrying them won't seem so daunting. Tip #5: Make it Fun \tMake it a fun experience for them to remember by taking first day of school photos. Check out these Free Printable First Day of School Signs, they include every grade from Kindergarten to grade 12. Get them excited by doing their hair and putting on their best new outfits. Think of all the fun memories you will have looking back at all the years you keep up with this tradition! \tPlan a few fun activities during the week like bike rides or movie nights (after homework of course), to ease the transition from Summer to back-to-school. We hope that these ideas help you with your back-to-school transition!