Planning for August
We’re looking ahead to the end of the summer holidays. Only a couple more weeks until school and the new term starts again here in Scotland. I’m updating all my monthly planning posts that I created last year, to help you get more organised. I’m sharing our monthly list of things to do, plan, remember and celebrate, and for anyone who wants to be extra organised there’s a free downloadable printable at the end of this post. For 2023 I’ve added a B&W printer friendly version too! The downloads include two sheets each, one with and one without a space for notes on foraging.
Final back to school prep
We’re doing quite well with our back to school prep. We’ve got the shoes sorted, and we’ve done a uniform check. Still need to get a few bits and pieces though, including new water bottles. And it’s time to start thinking about packed lunch supplies when doing the monthly big shop.
Book boiler service
Winter will be here before you know it, so now is the time to book in your annual boiler service. Don’t wait until winter, because that’s the worst time for a boiler to break down (and it’s usually much harder to get appointments in winter, when everyone else is struggling with their boiler too).
Book flu jab
Speaking of winter, I’ve just had my annual email reminder that flu jabs are available to book, so I got straight on to it. I know you don’t want to be thinking about flu season in the summer holidays, but it’s another one of those things that are usually fully booked up if you leave it until nearer the time.
Spring cleaning isn’t the only time to get rid of stuff. I like to have a little end-of-summer decluttering to start the new school year, and the Autumn season, with a clean slate.
Time to Forage For
We’ve really gotten in to foraging over the past couple of years, so in my forward planning I’m going to include a reminder of what plants to forage for each month. This will of course vary hugely depending on which part of the world you live in. For us, it’s what’s ready to forage here in central Scotland. I’ve included two versions of the monthly download – one with, and one without a section for foraging (they’re both in the same document).
In July we’ll be foraging for…
- Wild strawberries
Dates for Our Diary
There are so many dates from different cultures and religions to consider, I’ll just be listing the ones that we ourselves celebrate or commemorate (you can create your own personal list using the download at the end of this post). Having said that, the only big date for our diary in August is ‘back to school’, with Scottish schools starting the new school year in the middle of the month.
Here’s a few ideas to help you celebrate:
- Our favourite books for starting school
- Back to School Bunting
- Mini Treat Cones for starting school
- DIY Mini Abacus back to school gift
- 12 Tips for Getting Your Child Ready to Start School
And here are some posts about the traditions around starting school in Germany, which is a major milestone event that’s celebrated almost like a birthday.
- Einschulung: Starting School in Germany
- How to make a German ‘Schultüte’
- How to make a shark themed ‘Schultüte’
- What to pack in a ‘Schultüte’ (Vol.1)
- What to pack in a ‘Schultüte’ (Vol.2)
Coming Up Next Month
One thing I’ve found with monthly planning, is that the things that happen at the beginning of the month can often take you by surprise (like World Book Day, every single year!) So that’s why at the beginning of each month I’ll also be reminding myself what’s coming up the following month…
- My birthday!
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