See if the backpack fairy pays a visit.
Throughout the first few weeks of school, tell younger children that the backpack fairy will come whenever their homework is done and their backpacks are packed and ready to go for the next morning. The fairy will leave little notes or treats in the backpacks of the kids who are ready every night. This makes for a fun tradition the kids can look forward to, but it also serves as a way to help them hold themselves accountable. Win-win!