As soon as the calendar changes to August, parents and children’s minds turn to back to school. One of the best ways to set your child up for a great school year is to use the last few weeks before school begins to do some planning (and sometimes a little shopping). We have four tips to help you kick off the school year right:
Organize Your Space
Our number one tip is to create an organization station. You’ve probably read this advice on every single back to school list and for good reason. There are many papers, supplies, and books to manage once the school year starts. The way you and your child handle it can help lower or increase stress on school days. We recommend a spot for homework, another for forms, as well as a visible place to hang your child’s weekly and monthly schedules. Try to keep it in the same area as knapsacks and lunch bags are hung to make it a one-stop school station!
Avoid The Spill!
Use a water bottle with a sports lid, especially with elementary age students. It’s typical for kids to leave their water bottles on their desks while they work and if one without a lid falls, which happens too frequently, your child’s work and those around him may get ruined. There is nothing that is more frustrating for a child (and his peers) than needing to redo work because it got soaking wet.
Managing The Keepsakes
Soon your children’s work will be coming home for you to keep. What will you do with it all? How will you keep track of the milestones of the new school year? Planning in advance will help you stay on top of it as well as appreciate it. You may choose a file folder or to take photos or scan the work for a digital keepsake. Another neat way that doesn’t take up a lot of room is to use Mabel’s Labels new My School Years Book; it stores all the best memories from Kindergarten through Grade 12.
Unless your child’s school provides a list, don’t worry about shopping for many school supplies. The classroom teacher should let you know within the first week or so what, if anything, would be nice to have. A few pencils or pens, an eraser, a pencil sharpener, and perhaps some markers are likely all your child needs to start; add in a notebook for high school students. You may even have school supplies left over from last year. Check out our recommendations for eco-friendly school gear and how to clean your child’s knapsack.