Next week my eldest starts school for the first time <Insert welling tears>.
Here in Australia, the school year follows a calendar year. So, after a long summer holiday celebrating Christmas and New Year, we have to prepare to return to a new school year.
I am trying to bury my growing nervousness with organising ourselves for this new adventure. Oh. So. Much. Organising!
So far the most challenging for me has been lunchbox/lunch logistics.
In the past I have been less than organised in this department and I plan to rectify that this year. Here is the game plan…….
I have created myself a Lunch Box Planner. The idea will be to sit down and organise what Master O will take for the week when I create the household meal plan. Hopefully my munchkin will help out with that bit!
I have printed and laminated the planner so I can write on it with whiteboard markers and wipe it clean. I have secured it inside the door of the lunchbox cupboard using velcro dots so I will be able to remove and replace it each week.
With lunchbox planning sorted, I turned to organising what the lunch would be taken to school in.
I researched heaps of different lunch boxes/cooler bags and settled on a Fridge to Go. They guarantee that they stay fridge cold for 8 hours. Important in our very hot climate.
I want to make Master O’s lunchbox as rubbish free as possible, so I purchased some Keep Leaf snack and Sandwich baggies.
Some Sinchies for yoghurt.
And some Nude Food Movers for other bits and pieces.
For Kindy last year I bought Master O a Contigo drink bottle. Despite the punishment my 4-year-old gave it, including almost daily dropping on concrete, it is still going strong. This year we thought we would try another Contigo.
The final preparations for Master O’s lunchbox continues later this week as I bake a few snack items to freeze. I have been fishing for some new healthy recipes to try. I will share what I end up making later in the week.
If you are planning for a return to school, good luck! For the rest of you, have a great day!