Thursday, August 29, 2013

Back to School Lunches!

It Back to School time!

Some regions school has already started, but for us School starts again after Labour Day. The week before school starts for us is all about getting everything organized for back to school. There is nothing worse then waking up on the first day of school and running around trying to get everything ready before it's time to leave.

Some of the things that we have started doing is organizing what we need for School Lunches. The school that my son goes to prefers if parents send lunches that do not produce any litter. His school is also nut free which has posed some issues when it came to deciding how and what we would use to make his lunch.

One of the things that we have done is purchase plastic (BPA Free) containers that he can easily open without the threat of the food spilling everywhere. We had originally looked at containers that were like bento boxes, but decided against them because they did not fit is his lunch bag as we would need to include 2 for his lunch. The school runs on a balanced day, which essentially means that they have 2 lunch/snack breaks with recess. This means that his lunch had to be separated into 2 containers. One for Snack 1 and another for Snack 2.

We decided to purchase these containers called Sistema. We found them at Homesense, and also have seen them at Bed Bath and Beyond. They are great because he can easily open them, 2 fit in his lunch bag with drinks and they are dishwasher safe! Win, Win, Win.

I still wanted to be  able to separate the food in his lunch containers, so I purchased some silicone muffin cups that can be used in his lunch to keep everything separate.

We also purchased Labels to add to the items from Mabel's Labels. You can purchase labels that are dishwasher safe! They are great. Just add them to your containers and they do not fade, they never fall off and you can choose patterns that fit to whatever your child loves. Our Son really loves Firetrucks so we chose that for our labels.

We labeled the lunches Snack 1 and Snack 2 so that he can easily see what it is in his lunches.

I love how sturdy these containers are and how much room they have, so that as he grows and needs a larger lunch, these containers can grow with him.

For Drinks we went with reusable plastic drink boxes. Labeled them as we did the containers.

One of the last things that we have started using since he started school is a School Lunch Meal Planner. When I am making my meal plan for the week, I also plan out his meals for school lunches. This is so much easier then starting to make his lunch and not know what to include. When making your grocery list this helps to ensure that you purchase everything that you need for school lunches and do not run into the situation where you are out of what you need for the school lunch.

I still have more organizing to do, including his closet. More on that another day.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Back To School Organizing - Printable Organizing Documents

Back to School time!  It is amazing that it is almost time for the kids to hit the books and parents to wonder how am I going to keep everything organized.

When it's time for Back to School it can bring a wave of emotions not just for the kids who are anxious to know who will be in their class and who will be their teacher but also for parents. This is the time when parents need to ensure that they have everything ready for that first day and also how are they going to ensure all of the homework is done, dates for activities are remembered and don't forget school lunches!

This doesn't have to seem like a daunting task if you keep yourself organized right from the start. Some of the things that you can do to keep yourself organized is to include a section in your family binder with all of the school related tasks and activities.

I have added a Back To School organizing pack to my Etsy Shop which includes a bunch of organizing documents to start of the school year stress free.

Full Year Calendar - this includes all 12 months of the year. The dates are left blank allowing you to use the same printable year after year. All you have to do is add the dates and you are ready to go.

Important Dates Calendar - this is a 2 page document that include 6 months per page. On here you can quickly write down the important dates that are coming up each month. It includes the month as a header and the a few lines to add the important info that is happening that month.

School and Child Contacts - These 2 contact pages help to organize all of your school contacts. The first one is for Child Contacts, where you can include the child's name, parents name, email address and phone numbers. The other is a school contact list where you can include the teachers information,
principals and any other assistants that you will need to contact throughout the year.

Lunch Box Organizer - This organizing documents allows you to plan ahead for the week what you child or children will have for lunch each day. It includes a line for each school day (Mon-Fri) and a spot for drink, lunch, snack. Planning ahead makes the task of making school lunches so much

Homework Organizer - The dreaded homework! It can be difficult to ensure that your child or children have completed all of their homework. This organizer will help organizing the subject, assignment and due date for your child's homework.

Back to school Shopping - This template allows you to write down everything you need to buy, and which store, how many you need and the price. Once you have purchased the items you just check it off.

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