Organising all tasks that need to be completed before the kids return back to school can become overwhelming. Buying uniforms, shoes, bookpacks, cover books, iron on labels, etc there are so many things to do. Hopefully I can help ease your frustrations of back to school mayham with this Back to School Checklist free for you to download.
I have been receiving emails from readers asking for back to school advise, here are your answers ladies! Keep the emails coming, more than happy to help
When should I start organising for back to school?
I purchased the kids bookpacks two weeks before they finished school last year as I didn’t want to be running around during the school holidays with 3 kids on board. I also chose not to use the booklist supplier the school recommended as the pack is delivered just prior to school starting. As I have 3 kids books to cover and all supplies to label I wanted to allow myself some extra time. I would start organising now so you don’t have to rush just before school starts.
What Labels do you use?
I use labels from That’s Mine which I find are great quality.
I also have a Brother P-Touch label machine which I use on alot of the supplies like twistable crayons and text books.
I use a Black Nikko or Sharpie pen to write on items such as glue sticks and sharpeners.
I also keep on hand a silver paint pen to use on dark items such as black pencil cases.
Use a sharp knife to scratch an area out on the end of lead/colouring pencils, write name using a fine felt tip black pen.
My child always looses his school hat, what can you recommend?
I am presuming the hat is more than likely being taken by another child who may think the hat belongs to them. I use iron on labels so other children cannot remove them. I have also known parents to sew on patches which you can purchase from stores like spotlight. Use a white paint pen or liquid paper to write on dark colour hats on the inside rim. Or you could get their name embroidered onto the back, however this may not be a good idea as you don’t want a stranger learning your child’s name easily.
Do you replace your kids school bags each year?
No I don’t. I purchase Billabong bags from their local factory outlet, which I find are cheaper than in store. I find them great quality and they have lasted 2 years. I wash them at the end of the year, using a kitchen brush and some detergent, rinse, dry and looks good as new!
What are your back to school tips?