Category Archives: Been There Done That

Back-To-School: 2015 Edition

The KP Been There Done That Squad is a group of parents sharing their thoughts and experiences on a few topics related to raising their children in Kamloops.

Read more about the BTDT Squad, here. 


Today’s question is:

What are your tips for a smooth transition to a back-to-school routine?

Naomi, mother of four boys, age 11, 5, 2, and 10 months:

My eldest son has high functioning ASD, so a smooth transition back into the school year is essential in order to avoid meltdowns. Although we homeschool, it is basically the same as what we will be doing for the five year old, who is starting kindergarten in public school this year.  I really try to maintain similar rhythm and routine through the summer months. It helps children to stay somewhat on schedule. We don’t give them extra TV or computer time for example, and we try to include crafts and learning opportunities so they don’t get out of practice.

We are very gradual in our build up back to a full day. I start off with a week of “warning”. We talk about how things are going to be changing to get back into the swing of things. We post a schedule. The next week we start with the school year routine (early rising, getting dressed on time, etc). The starting week of school we amp up slowly. Day one is an intro with a special breakfast and a cool activity. Day two includes one subject. Day three we add something else. We continue in this manner until we are fully back into routine.

We also love to include lots of visual schedules all over the house to reduce panic over the “unknown”, and help us transition easier. They aren’t fancy, but they are simple reminders, especially for the children who can’t read. These include morning routines, and a daily school schedule.

It’s hard to believe the summer is almost over, but to be honest, getting back into a routine is comforting for me!


Christina, Mom of 4 girls born in 5 years:

ChristinaBTDT1) I made an area to keep track of everything at the main door where we leave the house. There are pockets for each kid to sort notices and homework. It also has a white board for shopping lists and emergency information. A large calendar to record all of our upcoming events (sports, trips, special school days) hangs in the middle low enough for the kids who can read to see, but high enough to keep it from being used as a doodle pad.

2) I’ve decided that I will not be bringing out fall wardrobes until after school starts. In the past few years I have and it’s still warm enough that they want to wear their summer clothes. The extra clothes just add more confusion in picking out outfits and extra laundry chaos.

3) I’ve been baking for easier lunches and breakfasts (loaves and muffins) with in season fruits and veggies from the garden.


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Jodi – Mom of 5 & 6 year old:

Of course, our week-long summer holiday fell within the last two weeks before school starts, so we slowly began preparing by mid-summer.

First, I myself started getting up earlier. During the 2014-2015 school year, I found that on days that I got up earlier than the kids were more productive and less stressful.

We also began serving the kids more breakfast and within a half hour of waking. No more grabbing a banana or cookie and playing for a couple of hours before wandering back into the kitchen for breakfast! Same for lunch…this summer, we got into the habit of eating snacks and missing lunch entirely, until 3 o’clock rolled around. So we began preparing lunch around noon.

***Disclaimer: The above all went out the window once we left on a trip, travelling east through several different time zones! But, we tried.

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As always, you and your ideas are wonderfully welcomed. If you are interested in getting involved with KamloopsParents.com simply email jodi@kamloopsparents.com and we can chat!

Been There Done That Squad Helps You Get Organized!

The KP Been There Done That Squad is a group of parents sharing their thoughts and experiences on a few topics related to raising their children in Kamloops.

Read more about the BTDT Squad, here. 


Library books from the school library due one day while the library books from one of the two libraries of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Library System in Kamloops are due another.

Swimming lessons for Kid 1 held weekly but those for Kid 2 are TWICE a week on a different day (thanks to getting up late the morning aquatic registration opened!)

How does a family keep it together and show up for lessons on the right day? Avoid overdue fees? How does a family attempt to keep it all organized?

Today’s question is:

How do you deal with organizing and keeping on top of school and activities? 


SuvBTDTSuvannah – Mom of two girls ages 6 and 3:

Here is my homeschooling perspective.
My tips for staying on top of school and activities is to invest in:
1. A great day planner that you keep with you at all times
2. A giant fridge calendar that you can glance at throughout the day
3. For our family I find it easiest if we only have 1 extra curricular activity happening at one time.
I work part time out side the home. Our 6 year old attends a classroom school day one day a week, we also usually have anywhere between 1-4 field trips going on in a month with out school group, plus we have to do our daily homeschooling activities, so one “outside” activity at a time works really well for us. I also try to sign both kids up for the same activity on the same day and time slot as one another, that way I am not constantly running around like a crazy person (well I am but I feel like its less that it would be if they had multiple and different activities to attend ahha)

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Jodi is originally from Montréal, Quebec and spent a few years in Northern New Brunswick. She moved to Kamloops in the Spring of 2010 with her family and works as an educational assistant. Her 6 and 8 year old keep her really busy as they love exploring the area and enjoying what Kamloops has to offer!

The Chore Chat Continues: Been There Done That

This month, our Been There Done That Squad answers the following question: 

Do your children help out around the house? If so, how do you delegate the chores in your family?

Leah

Yes, they do help out. I simply ask them to do it…although the teenagers know the rule in our house which is homework and a chore before doing anything else. If they don’t do their chore then there is a consequence…usually grounded off the TV or computer.

Naomi (mom to three boys aged 9, 3 and 1)

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Jodi is originally from Montréal, Quebec and spent a few years in Northern New Brunswick. She moved to Kamloops in the Spring of 2010 with her family and works as an educational assistant. Her 6 and 8 year old keep her really busy as they love exploring the area and enjoying what Kamloops has to offer!

Beat the Winter Blues: KP Been There Done That Squad

The KP Been There Done That Squad is a group of parents sharing their thoughts and experiences on a few topics related to raising their children in Kamloops.

Read more about the BTDT Squad, here. 

Today’s question is:

How do you deal with “winter boredom” in your family? What are some activities that you take part in to help with what seems like neverending cold and darkness?

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Jennifer H

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Jodi is originally from Montréal, Quebec and spent a few years in Northern New Brunswick. She moved to Kamloops in the Spring of 2010 with her family and works as an educational assistant. Her 6 and 8 year old keep her really busy as they love exploring the area and enjoying what Kamloops has to offer!

Been There Done That Squad Solves Your Laundry Woes!

Is your family drowning in a sea of laundry? Clean or otherwise? Do you typically clothe yourselves directly out of the clean laundry baskets? I know there are some weeks when we do!

Bet you’ve never had to re-wash a load that sat too long in a washer…TWICE! Well I have!

This month, our Been There Done That squad provides tips on how to solve the ever insurmountable laundry problem and how to streamline the process so that it becomes more efficient and problem-free in the long run:

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Sarah K.

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Jodi is originally from Montréal, Quebec and spent a few years in Northern New Brunswick. She moved to Kamloops in the Spring of 2010 with her family and works as an educational assistant. Her 6 and 8 year old keep her really busy as they love exploring the area and enjoying what Kamloops has to offer!