Back to School Tips & Tricks

Back to tool tips

Updated: August 6, 2019

Your kids may be sticking their heads in the sand about going back to school. Enjoying the summer sun and wishing it could last forever, but you know that getting children prepped to return to the classroom is a task best not left until the last minute.

Get your little book worms ready for the next grade with these creative ideas from Taylor Morrison. America’s Most Trusted® Home Builder has got the inside scoop on school time fun for you and yours.

Start the School Year off with a Smile

Get your kids pumped for hitting the books with a promise of something sweet in their lunch box. Then, print out these “Smart Cookie” gift tags and surprise kids with a new kind of cookie every day for the first week.

You’ll also find tasty treats for the teacher, too!

Inspire your child’s imagination with creative printables that turn Tic-Tacs into a variety of Magic Beans to get them through their day.

What’s Your Lunch Box Packing?

How to prepare a nutrient-loaded lunch that your kids will love (and eat!) is the ultimate back to school riddle. The secret lies in disguising healthy to look like a whole lotta fun.

From Angry Birds inspired sandwiches to lunches themed on all your kids’ favorite ocean friends, it’s easy to get children excited about opening their Tupperware when every day is a surprise waiting to happen.

A Texas-Sized Education in Leander

Austin real estate is one of the fastest growing markets in the country. With a thriving tech industry and a unique “keep it weird” culture, it’s no surprise that you and your family might be shopping for a new home in Austin, TX.

Buyers interested in an amenity-rich new home community are likely shopping the popular Crystal Falls and Travisso neighborhoods in Leander, Texas.

Check out all your educational options, including public, private and charter schools set in the natural beauty of the Austin hill country.

An Absolute Must for Busy Households

Your life is hectic enough as it is. Throw organizing your children’s school papers into the mix and you’ve got a recipe for a migraine.

Until now!

Build a School Days File Box and say goodbye to loose-leaf nightmares forever. It’s easy. Cheap. And can easily be adapted for any number of children.

Don’t Forget about the Real Hero

Dedicated teachers are the key to a child’s success in the classroom. Offer your gratitude with a gift that’s thoughtful and beautiful while taking some of the pressure off school supply expenditures.

It’s a classroom-inspired vase and your kid’s teacher is going to love it.

A Message of Thanks for Stephanie

You’ve probably noticed that most of our back to school concepts are the creation of Stephanie from Somewhat Simple. She’s one of our most valued partners in our blogging adventures and we simply can’t thank her enough for allowing us to track the progress of her home’s transformation as her family enjoys their new house built by Taylor Morrison Phoenix.

Follow along with these hashtags #SomewhatSimpleHome and #SSBuildsWithTM across social media:

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And keep reading for more of Stephanie’s incredible homemaking tips!

Inspire Your Little Reader with a DIY Book Bag

In today’s gadget crazed world, it can be difficult to get your kids to fall in love with reading. Get your children interested in expanding their imagination by breaking out the sewing machine and crafting a book bag to match their favorite genre of book!

It’s easy to do and since it’s DIY, you can take your child to the fabric store to pick out a print. If they’re older, they can get involved in the sewing process and learn a new skill along the way.

Taking Care of Your Family during the Back to School Season

Face it, as much as we love children, little noses, hands and fingertips can be breeding grounds for germs and bacteria. Sending your kids back into the classroom is “into the fire” so to speak – and it’s not at all uncommon to be battling a cold throughout the house within the first few days of a fresh school year.

Why not nip this household disaster in the bud by boosting your family’s immune systems and preparing kids to be germ free?

Stephanie suggests adding more protein to your diet along with a daily multivitamin and interferon supplement. You can also take probiotics, garlic and even alfalfa to boost your cold fighting capabilities!

Get Excited about the Big Day with a Back to School Dinner Party

Take a cue from the school cafeteria and set up your kitchen just like it’s the lunchroom. Kids love running through your at-home buffet line so don’t be surprised if they head back for seconds.

A Nationally Recognized School District

Dreaming of a new life on the west coast with a top-notch school district for your miniature scholars? You’re in luck. At Muse at Cadence Park in Irvine your kids won’t just have access to great schools, they’ll be able to walk or bike from home up until high school!

Get Settled before Classes Begin

Asking kids to change schools can be a challenge. It’s hard to say goodbye to old friends and the worry over making new ones can be a major cause of anxiety. Make the transition a whole lot easier for your children by completing your move before during school vacation. You’ll find quick move-in detached homes and townhomes in every Taylor Morrison market from coast to coast.

Happy House Hunting!

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