We’ve been homeschooling for a couple of weeks now. The first few weeks of school always seem to be the toughest as adjusting to a new schedule is never easy. As a Walmart Mom, I was encouraged to share our Back to School Routine. I’ve started doing a couple of extra things here and there to help make our daily routine go a little bit more smoothly.
One of the things that has helped us get a jump start on our day is by making breakfast ahead of time and freezing it. I’ve never been a morning person. But we love to eat breakfast for dinner. Usually I make a lot more waffles than we need so that I can freeze them and the kids have them for breakfast throughout the week. Or I’ll make a special batch of “muffin waffles” using Great Value Complete Blueberry Pancake and Waffle Mix ($1.62) on the weekend and freeze them in containers like these Rubbermaid Square Take-Along Containers that I found at my local Walmart in a pack of 8 for just $3.97. My son’s favorite school breakfast is “muffin waffles” so I like that I can make them ahead of time and freeze them so that when he wants some for breakfast all I have to do is pull them out of the freezer and heat them up in the microwave. Breakfast during the week made easy and it only takes a little extra prep on the weekend.
So what do we do about lunch? Since we do homeschool, I have to plan out our lunches as well. Some days lunch is as easy as heating up some leftovers from the night before other times we might be going out on a field trip and need to take our lunch on the go. Along with making breakfast preparations on the weekends I’ve also started making sandwiches ahead of time for the boys to grab for a quick lunch. Again I used the same containers from Rubbermaid that I found at Walmart to make several classic peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that are ready for the kidlets to grab for an easy lunch.
After a long day of homeschool, the boys are usually ready for a snack. The kid’s have a designated cabinet in our kitchen that has things in it like cups for them to use, cereal they can pick from as a breakfast choice, and a snack basket. To make a snack basket I simply picked up a few of my kid’s favorite snacks from Walmart like Jet Puff Marshmallows ($1.66) and some Iced Oatmeal Cookies ($1.38). I divided these snacks up into several portions using Great Value Sandwich bags ($1.58). I store all of the snack choices in a basket in the kid’s cabinet. So when it’s time to grab a snack they are quick and easy to grab.
I’ve found it is easiest if I do all of my preparation for breakfast, lunch, and snacks on the weekend for the week ahead. When it comes to cooking dinner for my family, I’m trying to stick to my digital meal plan. Having our meals planned out in advance, helps us stay focused on completing what is on our school routine during the week.