Tips from local moms on how to prepare:
"I have the kids' new workspace ready and that's helped them get excited about the new school year. I don't need to do much more—they'll be thrilled to get back to school to see their friends. I'll make very special lunches for the first couple of days.
I have white [dry erase] boards for daily schedules and chore lists, and the kids move their magnets to the 'done' column when an item is completed. I think organization is essential, it's important for the children to know what's expected of them every day. We sometimes forget that children have a more fluid concept of time, and some kind of visual reference helps them navigate through their days."
-Michelle M., Fishers, mother of an 8 & 6 year old
"I get mailer, newspaper and online coupons for JoAnn Fabrics, Hobby Lobby and Hancock Fabrics. They usually have cuter and more unusual school supplies.
My teenager wears a uniform four days a week so we look throughout the year for polos and khakis. It's a lot harder to buy a short-sleeve polo after September so we buy early! I send her moneyless to the mall to pre-shop with her friends and take her back later after she's had time to think about what she wants.
We also buy things on super sale, and then put them in the box for needy kids. Places like Coburn Place, Dayspring and The Julian Center need supplies the whole year."
-Mindi B., Noblesville, mother of a 15 & 3 year old