The new school year is just around the corner – only some days left until it starts for your children. Whether it is their first time ever going to school or they are just going back, our tips on how to prepare for the forthcoming months will make the start into the school year a success.
Get a family calendar and mark all the important school days in advance. Writing down all dates such as holidays and school trips as soon as you know them makes planning easier. If there’s more than one kid in your family, make each one pick a colour and label the events that they’ll be involved in. This way, everyone can see what’s coming up with a glance at the calendar.
Buy on sale to save
Buy the back to school essentials your child will need on sale! Most shops do special offers for this time of the year. 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. Find some special offers in our online shop, too!
Homework is fun – with the right surroundings
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 child’s needs. Whether it is 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 a productive atmosphere.
Plan routines in advance
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 some time 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 it. Designate a spot in your home where all school things go and entrust your kid with the responsibility of keeping everything in its place.
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Help your child to a good start trusting them with tasks that they can do independently. Practice things like tying shoes or packing the school bags together. Your children will feel more confident if they have accomplished these things before school even starts. By giving them responsibility, you help your children develop into an independent person.
Make a play out of it! It helps tremendously to make a practise run before the school year starts. If it is your child’s first school year, they will find it exciting to pretend going to school. Make the whole family get up at the time you will when school actually starts and practise everything from having breakfast to packing lunch and taking the bus or walking to school. This will also help your child overcome fears that he or she might have.
Need more inspiration for back to school? Have a look at our Pinterest board for loads of back to school activities, lunch box ideas and more!