A green and healthy Back to School season is easier (and in many cases cheaper) than you might think. Here’s an essential roundup of our favorite healthy back to school tips and resources for this upcoming school year:
For many parents, a new school year signifies the passing of time far more powerfully than changing the calendar on January 1st.
Whether it’s our baby starting kindergarten or our teen heading to high school, we tend to prepare ourselves for the big ones. But those smaller leaps can hit us unexpectedly.
Realizing your 3rd grader is halfway through elementary school is enough to send the calmest parent into a panic that time is passing far too quickly.
Add in the tasks of getting back into a routine, meal planning, organizing things that were neglected over the summer, plus nerves about the transition… and you might find the whole family on an emotional rollercoaster.
Every family is different, but what works for us is giving ourselves plenty of grace. So while you’ll find plenty of green back to school tips and advice in this roundup, I hope you’ll also spend some time enjoying the articles on family activities and ways to put simple routines in place for your mornings, packing lunches, and planning dinners.
Most of all, let this list be a guide you come back to when you have time and space. Don’t be overwhelmed. And if you have resources that have made your back to school journey simpler, please share them in the comments!
Back to School Tips for Planning and Routines
The best way to feel in control of a situation is to have a plan in place. These articles offer helpful advice on getting the new school season off to a great start AND maintaining a routine that keeps things running smoothly throughout the year.
Getting Back into the School Groove: Routine Success Tips – Kelly Bartlett
10 Tips to Help Your Child Adjust to School – AhaParenting
9 Tips for Homeschooling & Working Full Time – Amity Hook-Sopko
Rhythms, Routines, & Rituals – Amanda Witman
5 Steps to a Simple School Year – Sandy Kreps
Guided Relaxation Scripts to Help Your Child Sleep – ShambalaKids
Meal Planning 101 – Kim Corrigan-Oliver
Learning & Growing
Education should be about the whole child. Encouraging their lifelong love of learning, keeping those curiosity fires burning, and raising caring young people who grow up to make a difference – that’s what these articles focus on.
How to Boost Your Child’s Memory & Attention Span – Michele Smarty
Raising a Motivated Student – AhaParenting
Is Standardized Testing Worth the Stress? – ScaryMommy
10 Tips to Help Your Child Guard Against Bullying – AhaParenting
Rethinking Our Approach to the Notion of “Fitting In” – Dr. Shefali Tsabary
Healthy Lunch Inspiration
Those lunches don’t pack themselves! But once you get a system going, healthy lunches are so easy you can make them even on the busiest of mornings.
Find our Pinterest board filled with healthy lunch ideas & recipes: Lunchbox Inspiration
Environmental Issues & Green Fundraising
No matter which type of school your child attends, they’ll be fundraising at some point. Our most impactful advice is – just donate money and forego the candles, wrapping paper, or other clutter you probably don’t need. But if you’re motivated to get involved, here are some ways you can encourage a less wasteful perspective when it comes to fundraisers. You’ll also find ways to encourage your child’s school to go green and serve healthier lunches.
Bringing Environmental Issues into the Classroom – Tanyette Colon
Creating a Cleaner & Greener Classroom – Elise Jones
Food Revolution: School Lunch Style – Kia Robertson
Homeschool / Unschool Resources
Is Homeschooling Right for Your Family? – Anne Michelsen
The Beginner’s Guide to Unschooling – ZenHabits
How to Set Up A Homeschool Classroom – Wellness Mama
10 Things Every New Homeschooler Should Know – SimpleHomeschool
Learning at Home – Kerry McDonald
Find hundreds of homeschool ideas, themes, and projects: Homeschool Resources