It’s hard to believe Summer 2020 has already come and gone. Students are back in classrooms (well, or bedrooms) and diving headfirst into this year’s workload. Wherever you live, whether back to school in-person or at-home, chances are school looks quite a bit different this year.

Given the endless obstacles 2020 has thrown our way, we’re determined to help you create a school and work-friendly home for yourself and your family. If you’re curious about the latest back-to-school trends and must-haves, we’ve got you covered. Although back-to-school clothes might have taken a back seat this year, there are plenty of other ways to prepare your kids for this unusual school year, starting at home. It’s time to prepare for back-to-school at-home this year!

Here’s how you can prepare your home for this school year:

1. Create a Work Space

Similar to creating an at-home office space for you (and/or your spouse), it’s essential to create a designated work space for kids, too. Subconsciously, a designated work place helps us compartmentalize the day. As you enter your work space in the morning,  your brain recognizes it’s time to work. At the end of the day, as you leave your workspace, your brain is signaled that work is done and it’s time to play.


2. Develop a Routine

As you may well know, kids thrive with routine. As quickly as you can, develop a daily routine for school work, activities, meals, play, house chores, etc. By setting and managing expectations, you can expect a smoother, more seamless day.


3. Back-to-School Shopping

Whether online or in-person, involve your kiddos with back-to-school shopping. As with every previous year, back-to-school shopping sparks excitement in children. By choosing pencils, notebooks, and other supplies, their involvement will encourage them to look forward to the coming school year. You’ll be glad they did!


4. Grow Community

There’s no denying the challenges we’re all facing this year. One of the best things you can do to encourage yourself and your kids is to dive into community. Connect with other families who are embarking on the same (or similar) schooling journey as yours. Bounce ideas off one another and lift each other up. Because, after all, we’re all in this together!


Although school might look different this year, we can still prepare our families and children well. As you implement these back-to-school at home tips, be sure to share on the socials and tag us (@morningstarbuilders)!