Transition from Summer to Fall: How to Prioritize a School Year Routine

With the summer days winding down and the start of the school year fast approaching, my family is suddenly tasked with getting back into a routine.

And while it’s sad to see the lazy days of summer go, it can be nice to get back into an everyday rhythm.

Here are some steps to help make the transition to school days go smoothly.

5 Tips to Set Up a School Year Routine

1. Start a Routine Early

Don’t expect to get back into a schedule the day before school starts. You and your kids will need time to adapt to more structure.

I recommend starting at least a week early, setting a consistent schedule. This includes waking times and bedtimes, meals, etc. Being consistent with a schedule a few weeks in advance will make that first week back to school easier.

2. Reorganize

If you are anything like me, in the summer my house gets out of order. As we are constantly going from one activity to the next, small areas of the house become unorganized. Toys are placed in mismatched bins, laundry gets put away in the wrong drawers, the pantry looks like feral animals found their way into the house, and everyday items are misplaced.

I usually spend a good amount of time reorganizing things in my life, so that when the school year rolls around, I can feel as though the house is in order.

3. Restock the House

Have your day-to-day household items ready for when your schedule becomes stricter.

This is the time of the year where I like to get restocked on toiletry items and shelf-stable foods, such as noodles and cereals, snacks for the pantry, storage bags, etc.

I find that having the essentials on hand, readily available, makes my morning and nighttime routine go much smoother.

4. Plan Ahead

I always feel like summer is a time where I can be a little relaxed with my schedule. However, when the school year rolls around I know it’s time to get back on track.

Get out that old, dusty planner, if you like to go digital, reinstall your favorite planner app, and get organized.

During the school year, I like to know exactly when appointments will be taking place. This is the time when I become more diligent about writing things down and staying organized.

5. Prioritize a Sleep Schedule

I find that the number one thing that can get out of hand in the summer is a sleep routine.

Now that the school year is approaching, I like to prioritize sleep. I try to set more realistic expectations for our daytime routine, so that I can prioritize bedtime when the school year rolls around. This makes the transition to fall easier on all of us. 

Following these easy steps is sure to make your transition into a school year routine much easier.

What would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!
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Ashlee Cournia
Ashlee is a wife, mother, teacher, and infertility awareness advocate. Born and raised on a farm in south central North Dakota, Ashlee grew up learning about the true meaning of hard work, love of family, and the importance of faith. After graduating from high school, she moved to Moorhead where she would meet the love of her life and future husband, Jay. She attended MSUM where she earned her degree in English Education and began teaching in 2014. In 2018, Ashlee earned her Masters in Education from The University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. After struggling through infertility for five years, Ashlee and Jay welcomed miracle twins, Hannah and Leo, to their family in 2019. They currently reside in Horace, ND, building their dream home in 2021. Ashlee’s love of reading and writing is manifested in her work as a full-time language arts teacher at Kindred High School in Kindred, ND and as a part time online adjunct professor at the University of Mary. She also works part time as a receptionist at Scheels. Ashlee credits her ability to juggle the demands of full-time work with her part time jobs to her parents, who have always showed her the value of hard work. Ashlee is blessed to have a hands-on husband and in-laws always willing to lend a helping hand. Ashlee has a passion for sharing her infertility journey in the hopes of helping others who are experiencing it themselves. She shares about infertility and motherhood on her Instagram page. Ashlee’s personal hobbies include baking, decorating, and shopping. She and her family enjoy summer road trips, weekends at the lake, and traveling to her parent’s farm. Ashlee wishes to share with her readers the joys and challenges of life as a working mother and her experience battling infertility in the hopes of inspiring them in their own lives.


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