The First Day of School is 21 Days Away


Three weeks from today is the first day of school in my town! 

This realization hit me today as I surfed through my calendar, looking for an opening for a meeting with colleagues. On August 26, 21 days away, my baby girl starts kindergarten. My son starts first grade. I am officially done with the day care years. I can’t say it’s sad, though I am, as always, amazed at the passage of time. Too fast.


When my son started kindergarten last year, I wrote a series of Getting Ready for Kindergarten posts. They were helpful to prepare our family for the big transition to elementary school, and since the start of the school year is back upon us, I wanted to highlight them again for you. Here are a few of my favorites to get you in the back-to-school mood:


We have the backpacks and lunch boxes ready. We’re waiting for class assignments (any day now!), and I have to schedule first day haircuts and get shoe shopping done. So much to accomplish in just three weeks!


What’s your favorite back to school tip? I’d love to hear your advice in the comments below. 


  1. I’m so jealous! August 26! We have one more week than that.

  2. School starts on the 2nd of September here. I’ve been slowly picking off items from the supply list, and have bookmarked links for items I’ll buy online. The list for Kindergarten seems far worse than the Grade 1 list this year.

    Advice? The first month is hell for transition (at least it was for us), but it gets better! Get a routine down, and that makes it much easier in the end.