We have reached the final post in the four-part series, helping parents prepare their children for back to school. We have covered what parents need to know before beginning their back to school shopping, the stores with the best sales for back to school shopping, and 8 ways to save money while shopping: the back to school edition.
The must-have items for your back to school shopping list will be highlighted, in the finale of the series. No more guessing, no more wondering, this is the list of items that will not only make your transition back to school smooth but will help make this school year the best yet!
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I’m sure your children’s teachers have a list of required school supplies all of which contains the basics. Basics as pencils or pens, eraser, ruler, glue, folders, etc. All of those essentials are important for the classroom but have you thought about what supplies you’ll need for homework?
I highly recommend having enough supplies at home not only for the entire school year but enough for homework supplies. This is the time of year to stock up for the year. Otherwise, you’ll be purchasing supplies throughout the year at higher prices. Who wants to spend more money if you don’t have to? As a teacher, I recommend having extra folders, pencils, erasers and even a pair of scissors and glue at home. Kids go through supplies quicker than you may think so it never hurts to have a couple extras.
Having a quiet homework-only area can really help kids to remain focused on their homework. The less distracted the kids are the easier it will be for them to concentrate. Ultimately allowing them to finish their homework faster.
It also helps to contain homework assignments to one area of the house. Then you won’t find yourself and the kids running around the house looking for a lost homework assignment or project. It will help save you time and frustration later if you choose one specific area of the house for all school-related items and assignments.
Having all supplies in a central location is also helpful as to not lose any pencils, pens, etc. This homework caddy can help keep supplies organized and contained. Another helpful item is the seat sack which gives the kids a place to put their books they’re reading or workbooks they’re working on at home.
Healthy Kids=Happy Kids
A couple precautions taken at the beginning of the year will prevent problems later especially during flu season. The first few weeks of school can be a time for sharing new germs with other students. It’s not uncommon for a few colds to roam around so it’s wise to take precautions now.
I highly recommend using a hand sanitizer since it helps to cut back on spreading germs. Purell has a nice kit that will fit all your needs whether at home, on the road, at school or at the office. For the number of products that are included, it makes it very practical for a family.
Be sure to stock up on vitamins not only for the kids but for you too. Parents are going to have to keep their immune systems up also. After all, you are the ones running getting your kids up for school and running them back and forth to practices, friend’s houses and other extra curricular activities.
I highly recommend sticking a couple packages of kleenex in your kid’s backpacks. Kleenex supplies can run low in classrooms. Using paper towels is not a great substitute so to assure that your child always has something soft to use on their nose, be sure to add Kleenex to your back to school list.
There’s nothing quite like having your name on items. It not only makes you feel special but it can help to keep the supplies from mistakenly disappearing at school.
Etsy has a variety of different boxes and pouches for both boys and girls. A few of the pouches include pouches with initials, clear pouches with names, and solid colored with the name. All of them are personalized with the child’s name. You have a choice of font and color of the pouches. They range in price from $6.50-$8.00.
The boxes also include a variety of options some of which are colored boxes-glittered and non-glittered, colored boxes and colored font, a colored box with a choice of name, and my favorite one for all those baseball lovers is baseball box with personalization. It’s so cute!
Personalization doesn’t have to be limited to just pencil boxes and pouches. Again Etsy has some incredibly cute labels which can be placed on any object. If you don’t want to pay for a personalized pencil box, you can purchase the labels. The labels can help personalize anything you or your child want to personalize. A few of my favorites include waterproof name labels with a choice of color and font, personalized labels with a choice of color, and choice of color and style. The prices range from $5.00-$16.00+.
And So Much More…
There so many great products that can be personalized. The list goes on and on but I did want to highlight a couple more in case you’re interested. There are also rulers, folders, 3-piece lunch set and of course an adorable dinosaur backpack.
This is the time to purchase a new computer if you or your child need one. Not only are there great sales happening but if you’re in the market for an Apple computer there is a huge incentive to buying now. But it doesn’t stop there, Apple also has a great deal if you’re in the market for a tablet too!
Mac or iPad
Apple offers an Apple Education Pricing which is available to college students and their parents, as well as faculty, staff and homeschool teachers of all grade levels. If that wasn’t enough if you buy a select Mac or iPad you will receive a pair of FREE wireless Beats headphones.
I switched to a Mac (2 years ago) after being a long time PC owner. I will say that it was the best decision I made. It’s so much more reliable and efficient compared to the PCs. If you’re on the line about whether or not you should switch, I’d say go for it! I have not once regretted my decision to switch.
After School Delights
When the kiddos get home, one of the first things they need is a good snack. They come home from school hungry and hot. Before they can settle in and begin their homework they need a yummy snack to feed their brains.
There are often times that when they get home from school they are either rushing to get to sports practice or other programs so there isn’t necessarily time to make complex snacks before heading out the door again. Having a few go-to snacks for the kids will help hold them over until they can have dinner. Some great go-to snacks are frozen grapes, mandarin oranges, Larabars, smoothies, freeze-dried fruit and apple slices.
Timing Is Everything
Keeping track of everyone’s schedules can be a bit overwhelming so having one central calendar for everyone’s schedules is so important. I suggest having a main calendar in the kitchen that contains every child and adult’s schedule that includes extracurricular activities, doctor’s appointments, work dinners, sleepovers, family night, etc.
Every person’s schedule is written in a different colored ink. For example, all of the dad’s activities are written in green, all of the mom’s commitments are written in pink, all of Johnny’s is written in orange and all of Julie’s is written in purple. Color coordination is an easy way to keep track of what activities are connected to who. It’s a much easier way to keep track of where everyone needs to be and when.
Heading to school for the first time or heading back to school can be difficult. Reading a little note from mom or dad can make a child’s day. A simple post-it note included in their lunch, folder, or backpack can really make a child’s day. Just a note saying “I love you” can make a world of difference for your child. It provides comfort and reassurance that you’re thinking of them and loving them.
Prepped & Ready for School
Now that you have applied what is important to know before shopping the back to school sales, you have shopped at all best stores for back to school shopping, you have utilized the 8 easy tips to saving money and you have purchased the must have back to school items, now you are ready for back to school.
There is nothing like a brand new year, with brand new supplies, and brand new experiences. You have completed all the prep and now it’s time to head back to school.
Remember to encourage your children, it can be really hard heading back to school. Routines are important, create a routine and stick with it!
Enjoy the last couple weeks of summer break! Before you know it, it will be winter break!
What are some of your must-have items on your back to school list? Comment below, what are your must-have items are for the 2017 school year?