- Wardrobe Check
School clothes get a real grilling each year as a result of constant laundering, so it’s a good idea to audit your closet stocks for items that are completely unsalvageable and make sure you’ve got everything you need for September. Check that clothes and school shoes still fit each child well (and room for growth), mend any items that need repair and make a list of any new pieces you still need to pick up. Don’t forget socks!
- School Supplies List
Getting fresh school stationery each year can add up quickly. Pens, pencils, erasers, calculators, books, rulers… the list of school supplies for children is endless. Make sure you hold onto any stationery your child brings home at the end of the year and recycle it where possible. Check with your child’s teacher to find out what new items he/she might need (protractors/compasses/iPads?!) which wasn’t required in previous years so that you can be sure that you have all the stationery boxes ticked.
- Lunchboxes and Drink Vessels
Tupperware lids are elusive creatures, one minute they’re there, the next they’re gone. Who knows where they end up…(probably in the same place as the missing socks). Take stock of what you have in the lunchbox cupboard and discard/find new uses for any incomplete sets and deep clean the rest. Drinks bottles can get a little grubby so make sure they are all clean and in working order too.
- Label EVERYTHING
Labels are a parent’s best friend, so don’t be afraid to invest in a set of naming labels that will keep things coming home. Label bags, books, pencils, pens, rubbers, shoes, socks, bags, lunch boxes – in fact, just label absolutely everything. A well-labelled item will be easily found, recognised and returned to the school/owner meaning that you won’t have to fork out for costly replacements. Personalise sports kits, bags, shoes, calculators and books with our easy-to-use name labels to ensure your child doesn’t come home lamenting another lost item. Again.
Many adults and children have different schedules during the summer holidays than they do during the school year. Bedtimes and wakeup times creep later as a result of the late sunny evenings and sense of freedom. Two of the biggest keys to a student’s success, though, are getting enough sleep and sticking to a consistent routine so have a think about that when planning your summer adventures. This is especially true towards the end of the holidays when you’ll want to get back into some kind of school-influenced early night routine before going back to school in September.
With the school year just around the corner, these tips should help make things a little easier on everyone. The first day back is always a stress test, so please,
- Don’t speed around corners or in school zones
- Ensure the little ones understand how to safely get to and from school
- Get those forms back to school as soon as possible – they’re annoying to fill out, but providing updated emergency contact information is extremely important.
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