Back to School Made Easy

August 14, 2013

As the nervous parent of a soon-to-be kindergartener, I know I’ve got a lot to put in Kona as my daughter embarks on her school career.  There is so much to do to get her ready for the start of the school year!  I want her to have success and we’ll need to rework our family routines now that she’ll be in a new location with new expectations.  And did I mention she wants to start gymnastics classes?  So I’ve done the research and created the Back to School template available in the Kona Space Gallery.  You can download the Back to School space, edit as needed, and then access all your to-do’s and notes in the Kona mobile app when you’re out shopping.

And once the school year gets going, I know I’ll need some new spaces in Kona.  For example, a space for my daughter’s classroom to help organize the volunteer schedule, computer time, library selections, PTO/PTA meetings, field trip chaperones, and school events.  I plan to invite all the class parents so everyone stays in the loop.  Another space can be used for sports teams and activity groups she may want to participate in.  I’ll have everything across her life and her baby brother’s in Kona.

Since I’m new to the Back to School process, I’ve interviewed the Kona Team to get their best tips.  I found that they each have a family space to keep all the family activities straight.  Back to school means lots of new events and tasks to add to the family space including after-school activities, school days off, and school events.  We need to make sure the pickups and drop-offs for all the kids are coordinated.  One parent recommended posting frequently used school links to a School folder on the Files tab of the family space.  She has links to the classroom websites, the lunch menu, and learning websites like BedtimeMath.org. Another parent recommended this article with tips on how to ease into back to school and the book Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten.

But don’t just take our word for it.  Read about students and teachers who used Kona last school year to simplify communication and maximize productivity.  Then tell us how you’ve used Kona for school.  What kinds of spaces did you create?  How did it help your student?

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