Only some weeks left until school starts – again or for the first time. Get prepared with our tips to make the start into the school year a success!
Organization is key
Make a family calendar and mark all the important school days in advance. Writing down all dates as soon as you know them – holidays, school trips, back-to-school night etc – makes planning easier. If there’s more than one kid in your family, make each one pick a color and label the events with these. This way, everyone can see what’s coming up with a glance at the calendar.
Buy supplies on sale
Back to school essentials: buy them on sale! There are some items that your kid will definitely need, such as a backpack, a pencil case with pens and pencils, scissors, a glue stick and a notebook or notepad. You could also buy a nice lunchbox and plan some meals ahead to avoid stress.
Make homework fun
Make a “homework station” – give your child a desk or if it already owns one, sit down together and give it a makeover! Redecorate a part of the room to adapt it to your kid’s needs. Whether it be craft supplies, a new storage system or a magnetic whiteboard, it will make your little one start doing homework right away! Ban devices like TV and radio from that area to make it a quiet place with the right atmosphere.
Try to establish a routine before school starts – or at least talk about it. It could involve having breakfast with the whole family or the kids helping to prepare their lunchbox. The first week of school will be much easier if you get into a school day rhythm a week or two before school officially starts. Have your child go to bed and get up at the same time every morning to make the whole family get used to the new routine in advance. Designate a spot in your home where all school things go and entrust your kid with the responsibility of keeping everything in its place.
If you’re wondering where to keep the kids school bags so that they don’t forget them and need a place where you can put other things, too, the Tidy Books ForgetMeNot is perfect for you. It is an organiser and notice board for the whole family to make your mornings simpler. The ForgetMeNot has a lipped shelf to store your keys, hooks to hang up your children’s school bags and jackets and a magnetic whiteboard to hold letters and invitations and scribble down notes. It will make managing the family a whole lot easier!
Help your kid to a good start by giving them self confidence to do things independently. Practice tasks like tying shoes or packing the bag together. Your little one will feel way more confident if he or she has accomplished things before school even starts. By giving your child responsibility, you help them develop into an independent little person. Talk about how much fun school will be and everything your kid will learn.
Make a play out of it! It helps tremendously to make a practice run before school starts. If it’s your kid’s first school year, they will find it exciting to pretend going to school. Get up at the time you will when school actually starts and practice everything from having breakfast to packing lunch and taking the bus or walking to school. This will also help your little one overcome fears that he or she might have. I