School Year Preparation
Boy oh boy is this a big one.
Every year in those late July and early August weeks, families everywhere are preparing for the big transition from Summer to School Year. It's always a bit chaotic,and honestly I'm not entirely sure if that can completely be avoided-- however, with a little help from us here at The Britting Group, we can minimize the chaos and help our clients get a little more enjoyment out of those last few weeks of summer.
Over the last 2 weeks we've had the really special, unique experience of helping with the school year transition from both the family and the classroom perspective.
The first side of the school year transition? Families.
One of our clients, parents of 3 girls, were enjoying their last few weeks of summer together on vacation visiting family and spending quality time with each other. While our sweet family was away, we were hard at work. Every room in the house was gone through, decluttered, and up to school year standards. We focused largely on transitioning the playroom to a homework station; decluttering, sorting, and organizing all the toys and school supplies to create a functional space for the kiddos to start their school year off right.
So much of my own personal success has to do with staying organized, and having spaces that cultivate my ability to think clearly and focus on the task at hand. After my 5 years of nannying experience, I know kids need the same thing. You watch kids function on a much higher level when they have a designated space of their own to do their work.
And on the other side of the school year transition? Teachers.
One of our clients, also a mama of 3, was preparing to get back into her 3rd grade classroom for the year. She designated some hours of her package specifically for classroom help. MAN! Is that a project. This is a side of school year preparation a lot of us haven't experienced, unless we have a teacher in our lives. Our first step was getting all of the 27 desks for her new students organized into pods, after which we went straight into moving the additional furniture in to create functional stations. Our biggest project to tackle? Her transition from teaching every subject to only Science and Social Studies. Every nook and cranny of her classroom needed to reflect her new 2 subject focus, and that meant quite literally changing everything. The transformation from a completely blank canvas, to a colorful, educational, inspirational classroom is quite astounding.
Every fiber of my being is full of respect for our hard working teachers and families during this time of year. It was such a wonderful experience to see both sides of the same coin over the last couple weeks. The best thing of all? All the chaos and stress aside, at the core- parents and teachers alike are focused on giving their very best, to bring the very best out of these kids; and what an honor it is to be a part of that.