Back to School Guide Fall 2023

In just a few short weeks our kids will be packing up their backpacks and heading back to school again. There are a lot of emotions and a lot of work that goes into preparing for the new school year. We have compiled some of our best resources to help you prepare for the year ahead and send your kids off to school with confidence.

Cedar Rapids Area District Calendars:

Cedar Rapids Community School District

College Community School District

Linn Mar Community School District

Marion Independent School District

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Morning Chart

Because of the nature of my job, I have a great template I want to share with you.  It’s super broad and customizable; plus you can do this as a family so kids have a say in routine as it makes sense to them….

School Binders

Back to School Binders Free Printable

A few years ago, I started using a new system to corral all my kids’ paperwork.  I have to say, it’s been life-changing!  Today, I’m sharing my magic system with you….

Back to School Photos

How To Take The Best Back To School Photos Using Your Phone

I take all of my photos using an iPhone and I know with the morning rush of the first day of school, most parents end up using their phone, too.  I’ve put together some quick tips to help you take better phone pictures….

First Day of School Traditions

I’ve been sending kids off to school for twelve(!) years now, and though some parts don’t get easier, we have definitely found some fun traditions that make that first day back special. I’ll share mine along with some other fun ideas I’ve bookmarked over the years…..

Help Your Anxious Child

This change can already be hard for a lot of kiddos, but if you have a child with anxiety or ADHD, this change can be even more difficult. My 2nd grader has both of these, and we have learned from experience that it is best to try to give him as many heads up on upcoming changes as possible…..

Back to School Anxiety

Back to School Anxiety

Oftentimes, all of those unknowns lead to a great deal of anxiety. As much as we want to comfort our children and tell them it will be okay, for the anxiety-ridden kiddo, words don’t always resonate. So, we have to make sure that our actions mirror what we want their actions to be: confident, calm and comfortable……

Moving up to Middle

DON’T assume their experience will be anything like yours. Whether you were a band nerd or the queen of the halls, it’s a sure bet your child’s experience will be very different, if nothing else because things have changed since your middle school days…..

School Safety from the SRO

While parents everywhere are making sure all the necessities of the school year are in place for their students, it’s always a good idea to refresh your kids and yourself on some basics of school safety…..

10 Easy School Hair Styles

That’s why our team has put together a list of our tried-and-true hair products and 10 quick and easy hairstyles to help make your daughter’s back to school hairstyle the easiest thing on your to-do list….

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