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Click here to view all other posts in our Back to School Series Choosing a lunch box can be confusing with so many different varieties and styles to choose from, considering all things from the size, finding an insulated bag to fit the lunch box and accessories.  Whilst keeping in mind the lunch box should be made […]

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  • Sally

    I have a teenage boy who does not like sandwiches or anything cold other than fruit as long as it’s not messy or in a container, ie an apple. Looking for lunch ideas for him to eat some thing healthy but do that he is still ‘cool’.ReplyCancel

    • Belinda

      What about savoury muffins? They can be healthy & are less boring than sandwiches & can be cooked ahead & frozen.

      I must get a few batches of these done before school returns, I use them as a back up when I’m out of bread or my daughter & husband are getting bored with their lunches.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Great idea Belinda, I do the same, have savoury muffins in the freezer or rice cakes in the pantry for end of week lunch ideas when I have run out of bread.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sally I’ll share some ideas in the coming weeks during the series for you :)ReplyCancel

  • Vonni

    I am in love with the Tupperware Sandwich Keeper Plus lunchboxes (My boys are 7 & 9 and there is still plenty of room for the amount they eat). My only issue was that I couldn’t fit certain brands of yoghurt in them as the single tubs were too tall. Then I discovered that the Sistema small size snack containers (with the clips on the sides) will fit in the main compartment. I just cut the sandwich in half and put it in the biggest of the snack compartments to make it all fit. It’s cheaper to buy the kilo tubs of yoghurt and to portion them yourself. Problem solved.

    I didn’t like using the Sistema and Nude Food lunchboxes with all those little compartments and lids. Too much of a hassle to clean.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love that tip Vonni, yes I found quite a few tub didn’t fit, if you use the sectioned section at the back they fit a little better than the front. But yes I sometimes too cut the sandwich in half and put to the side.

      You may also like me My Lil Pouches for your yoghurts, portion them out all ready to go for school lunches.ReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    Thank you – great reviews of lunch boxes. We used the Nudie ones last year. Great idea and style but never again! I think my 3 children went through 3 each during the year (yes, you would think I’d learn, but towards the middle if the year and beyond, it was very difficult to find any other alternatives!) They break so easily and are impossible to clean.

    Trying to work out which ones to try this year.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      All these are available online and pretty certain all through out the year too :)ReplyCancel

    • Maryanne

      We had these break on us too! We are trying sistma Klip It – Large split. It is 2 litre size one side is big enough for two sandwiches cut in half if just a spread or 1.5 sandwiches of salad etc. The second side fits fruit, snack and biscuits. Hoping for a better outcome this year.
      Good luck on which ever box you decide on!ReplyCancel

    • Shane

      we had the nude food movers break on us too – I contacted them & they replaced them – along with a bonus of the insulated covers. Unfortunately the new ones broke too & I’ll never buy them again.ReplyCancel

    • Jo

      Yes! I used Nude Food Movers this year and what a pain. Difficult to wash and both broke during the first term. Never again.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    Cool reviews on all these lunchboxes. I also use the Tupperware sandwich keeper plus containers and have since my kids were at kindy (now 5 & 7). I don’t like that they don’t fit a banana in easily (unless I get small ones, but even then they don’t fit most of the time). My son doesn’t like his banana getting squashed and bruised. Otherwise I love them! Katrina, just wondering what lunchboxes you are going to use now that you need bigger ones?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Kirsty, I am tossing up between the lunchbots, there is a range of different sizes, I liked they are smalled and sectioned so I can put in a muffin and fruit and then sandwich, fruit and snack. Or the fliplid, still haven’t made up my mind, but I should do it soon.ReplyCancel

      • Mel

        What about the go green it’s big enough for a whole banana and it’s a decent size and quality.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i should add I do have some of the easyLunchboxes here too and they are great, I can’t wait till Little Bento World gets them in the bright colours too.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    As a relief teacher, I have to keep my lunch with me so here is what I use. I bought a FridgeToGo from Howard’s Storage World. This fits my NFM lunchbox in it perfectly. When I need to clean the lunchbox, I take the lids off the little compartments and wash. Then they simply click back in. I have tried other types and ways of taking my lunch, and this has been the way I have done it for 2014, and I will definitely be using it again in 2015.ReplyCancel

  • J

    What’s your take on the planetboxes? Is there anywhere in Australia you can buy them?ReplyCancel

    • Mel W

      These guys sell Planetbox in Aus:

    • Eva

      There is now a stockist in Australia but they are $80 for a set…..I am very keen to find out what they are like as I have been coveting these boxes for my children for ages!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      J, i think they are more suited for little kids rather than primary school aged children. Only because they don’t seem to hold enough food for bigger school aged children.ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    I need a lunch box that is easy for my four year old to open at pre school. Any recommendations?ReplyCancel

    • Amanda Dick

      Hi. I have both the Yumbox and Fuel Bento and my 4 year old had no problem opening either.. I just had to dhow him a couple of times. I got mine from Munchbox Mini online :)ReplyCancel

      • Micky

        Hi Amanda, I’m thinking the Yumbox will be great for us but I feel a little silly…I want the food to stay cold so what did I you put yours in? I can’t seem to find an insulated bag or box that it would fit in.

  • Elizabeth

    Help! I have two teenage boys that won’t eat at school?ReplyCancel

  • Deb

    I travel a lot for work so it was important for me to buy something that kept my food cold for hours. I bought a Fit&Fresh Lunch to Go Kit from Store&Order and it’s the best lunchbox ever. It has 2 levels, 3 compartments and an ice pack in the middle. It would be great for kids too. I also bought the Skip Hop Butterfly bottle & lunch bag from them too for my little girl. She loves it and it makes her so much more excited to go to school.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sounds great Deb!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Hilary

    Easy to open is another important component for me. As a kindergarten teacher it is really helpful if your child is able to open their lunchbox and food containers on their own. Some lunchboxes are so tough there is no way little fingers can get into them and by the time the teacher gets around to all the children who need help a lot of eating time can be wasted. It’s a good idea to practice in the holidays before school starts.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Really good tips, Hilary. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    I have asked and i am sorry but i cant find the original post,

    I saw you had cut up water melon in one of your posts about tupper fridge mates (with the broccoli etc)

    How long would Watermelon stay good to eat in the tupper containers

    (note to self, click notify me of follow up unlike last time)ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    That’s fine Lauren. It should last 5-7 days, but being precut and so easy to access we usually eat it much quicker than that.ReplyCancel

    • Lauren

      Ok great!
      After reading this I purchased 2 flipLid lunch boxes. Can’t wait to try.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie

    Which lunchbox should I get for 8 and 10 year old? It would be nice to have lunchbox, ice brick and water bottle somehow fit together so it’s all there each night. Also, my 8 and 10 yo usually have 2 sandwiches, fruit and a snack. Which size would I need?ReplyCancel

  • Eva Lavelle

    Hi Katrina – don’t suppose you checked out the Planetbox lunchboxes? I know they are now selling from a stockist in Australia but at $80 a pop I am not too sure whether I want to spend so much without first knowing what they are like?

    Quite like the look of the greenlunch box though – researched these as well as the planetbox.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Eva, Yes i have heard of the Planetbox. I personally don’t think they are bigger enough. Maybe for a small child but i don’t think they would grow with the child. Much prefer the Greenlunch box.:)ReplyCancel

      • Eva Lavelle

        Cheers for that comment Katrina – do you know the cup capacity of each? Only asking because they look very similar in size to me (Go Green seems a bit deeper but Planetbox bigger). I couldn’t find any indication of capacity for either. Also – are there any other places that sell the Go Green because Trendy Little Treats seem to have sold out (eta 23rd Jan which is just before school goes back and I am not sure I want to risk it not arriving in time).ReplyCancel

  • Julia

    Don’t you have issues with condensation when using an ice brick or frozen popper?

    My local ‘King of Knives’ store had a ‘PackIt Freezable Lunch Bag’ where you actually put the whole lunch bag in the freezer and the cooling technology is built into the walls. Zip closure locks cold, dry air inside lunch bag and the exterior stays moisture free

    Wondering if anyone has used one and what they thought.ReplyCancel

    • I live in central Qld and tried these before last summer …. on a covered patio in the middle of the day was warm in a couple of hours. Our kids don’t have a fridge in their class rooms – no way I was going to trust this one during summer months. Maybe winter or southern states?ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Thanks for the great post! I’ve been struggling to find a good all-in-one lunchbox option as my son always has trouble rearranging his array of containers back into his lunchbag! Does anyone know if the My Lil Pouches fit into a Tupperware Sandwich Keeper Plus??ReplyCancel

  • S j

    I’m amazed at the cost of the systema products. I live in the uk and they would only be about £15-£20 (at a push) not sure how much that is in $ but a little less. Granted they are not personalised though.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Kirby

    I have 4 kids and have been sending lunches with kids for 17 years,
    I have struggled with various lunch boxes over the years.Food gets caught in the seams and they get smelly in our hot summers
    By far and away the best has been the Neoprene(wet suit material)
    It has rounded edges and easily machine washed and they last for years.
    I use the Built brand.It is important that the Zip is strong and won’t rust with washing
    My kids have been using theirs for 5 years now.
    I always put an ice pack in and use plastic containers inside eg sandwich containers I get containers with attached lids so lids don’t get lost.
    My kids like to walk around during lunch (at high school you can)so I put certain
    snacks in Ziplock bagsReplyCancel

  • Suzie

    Our DS1 is in year 1 this year. After a lot of consideration prior to kindy we ended up getting the Decor Duo 3 lunchbox. It was a cost effective investment at approx $6 & fits in other brand cooler bags such as smash, sistema etc. We would be using this box again this year, only DS1 has asked for a bigger box (hollow legs I swear ????) so have upgraded to the Duo 2. Also as a side note DH & I had a great time reminiscing about using these lunch boxes all through our school years (I had the Duo 3 K-12 & DH had Duo 2 K-10). Great to know that there are still products like this out there!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love the good ole favourites!ReplyCancel

  • Sonia

    From what I’ve read, the Tupperware range is not BPA-free.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Hi Katrina, just wondering if you used any containers in the sandwich keeper plus? My son loves fruit like melon and I wouldn’t want the juice leaking into his sandwich. Do the Tupperware snack cups fit? Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • KatrinaD

    A lovely selection of lunchboxes and some great advice.

    I’ve noticed that Aldi has some lunch bags and boxes in the back to school season. They look OK and some have freezer packs – perhaps a good option for anyone with a budget in the Nudie Food price range.

    I like using my lunch box and bag as a mini picnic set. Especially useful when travelling by carReplyCancel

  • Nancy

    Would the go green lunch box fit in the insulated sleeve? Great article!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    Hi Nancy I believe they do come with an insulated sleeve already, contact Mel from Trendy Lil Treats and she will be happy to help you :)ReplyCancel

  • Julia

    I like the sandwich keeper plus, just not sure how do you keep the ice brick with the sandwich box? Do you need an extra carry bag for this-which brand? The Sandwich keeper plus itself is quiet long 30cm.
    On the Tupperware website there is Fashionista set which includes the carry bag and the lunch box, just looks to big to fit it all in a school bag. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Thanks for the great article. I have a lunchbox with lots of seperate small containers and lids and my kindy daughter has already lost 2 lids. She loves a mountain bread wrap for lunch and I wonder if they will work in the bento style box. we wrap in glad wrap so it doesn’t fall apart – will it work.

  • Amanda


    Great round up! Thanks!

    We have the yumbox original but I’m thinking of moving onto the panino, given it is sandwich friendly.

    Do you know which insulated lunch bags fit the yum box? I know So Young does, but it’s a little too young for my son. Any other ideas?


  • Penny

    Hi – just an FYI – I bought a Skip Hop zoo kids lunch box at the start of the year to go with our lady bug bag. It didn’t last beyond first term. The lid cracked and the fastener on each side snapped off. Very cute to look at but the quality is not good.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      thank you for the feedback Penny :)ReplyCancel

  • Nadine

    Katrina, can you comment on the durability of the Yumboxes? I recently purchased two Tupperware Sandwich Keeper Plus lunchboxes for my son and within a month the lids were cracking and the seals starting to tear. (Tupperware’s replacement warranty won’t cover impact-related damage so there goes $80 down the drain!)

    I’m looking at buying a Yumbox but want to get an idea of the durability in terms of how drop-resistant they are and whether the clasps are sturdy. Any feedback you can share would be appreciated!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Hi Nadine, my girls have been using the Yumbox for a while now. They are a very strong hard plastic with a durable clasp easy for little fingers. Though like anything i guess if it was dropped hard enough it may crack. We haven’t experienced this though.ReplyCancel

Preparing for the back to school period can become overwhelming and stressful. Buying uniforms, shoes, book packs, cover books, iron on labels, etc there are so many things to do. Hopefully I can help ease your frustrations of back to school mayhem with this Back to School Checklist FREE for you to download.

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  • Rachel

    Loving the back to school schedule – have downloaded the organiser but would have loved a app like thing that I can keep on my phone and check off as i go – just a thought. Amazed at your organisationReplyCancel

During the month of January I slowly prep the kids and home in preparation for back to school.  I will be sharing a month long series of posts filled with loads of tips and ideas so you are ready for Day 1 of school, including freezable lunchbox ideas, storage solutions, printable charts to help you create routines and […]

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  • Rebecca

    I’d like to hear about other Mum’s lunch ideas for fussy eaters.

    How often to other Mum’s bake and freeze lunch box snacks ie once a week, once a month etc?


    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Rebecca, I like to do all my baking on the weekend and freeze it all, ready for the week ahead.ReplyCancel

  • Felicity

    Hi, I’ll be a new mum to school this year as my oldest is starting prep. I would love to hear any tips for the first year of school.

    • Kiki

      Be prepared for them to be super tired at the end of the day, especially the end of the week. I had portions of premade dinners frozen as well as simple easy dinners like precooked sausages. This way if all she could manage would to eat some food, have a quick shower and fall into bed, she wasn’t waiting around for dinner to cook. I’d also keep some of our dinner from the night before in the fridge so it wasn’t always reheated frozen dinners. Being prepared for their exhaustion is the biggest thing I think.

      I’d also let my girls have breakfast in the car if they had trouble getting up in the morning. I found breakfast to be the thing that took the longest to get done and leaving it until last worked for us. My girls are happy to have toast or dried cereal on our way to school.ReplyCancel

    • Jess

      Few tips
      1. Velcro shoes
      2. Label everything
      3. Make sure they can recognise first and last name
      4. Have lunchtime practice, you’ll know how much they can eat in the time allowed and whether they can open everything you pack
      5. Always send a spare uniform
      6. Take a fun day to pick bags, go shoe shopping, lunchboxes etc. to get them excited.ReplyCancel

  • Liliam Sheridan

    Do yoy recommend any type/brand/style of lunch boxes? Easy to clean, easy to storage, dishwasher safe etc? Is it better with divisions?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Definitely Tupperware. The lifetime guarantee means never having to replace broken lunch boxes. Let’s face it kids school bags get trampled on, thrown in the car and on the ground. It’s bound to happen. I prefer to use individual containers now they are at school rather than the one segmented box. The reason for this is at our school the kids have 3 eating sessions. They start with brain food whilst working, then lunch and then snack. With the rules on allergies etc there are eating zones at scho and if they don’t finish during the scheduled time they go outside and containers go in a tub outside the classroom. If that container has food left in it, it is not suitable to eat later. (Sitting out in the heat).ReplyCancel

      • Sandra

        My boys use fridgetogo lunch bags. They keep really cold for 8 hours so packing early in the morning is fine and there no question how lunch will taste hours later.. Different sizes available for little and big kids.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Liliam, Perfect timing! If you come back to the blog tomorrow you can read all about choosing the perfect lunchbox!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    I would like to see what schedules/routines people do for their kids to manage homework, sports and chores! What chores do you think are suitable for primary aged kids and should they receive pocket money and how much?ReplyCancel

    • Susie

      Really good questions, Katrina – I am really interested in this too. Also Casey’s ‘desk organisation’. Thanks!ReplyCancel

      • Lisa Ryder

        My three kids (ages 9, 7.5 & 6) do swimming plus one sport each. As I will be working 4 days per week and hubby is a shift worker, it pays to be organised – especially meals and homework!

        The days there is little on after school, the kids spend a bit longer on homework/reading to allow for a lapse on another occasion. For example at swimming I have them do their reading with me whilst a sibling is in the pool. If we are lucky to have Dad home, then those not at training stay home. We were fortunate last year that both hockey and soccer training was on the same day!

        As the kids contribute to the mess, I expect them to contribute to the clean up. They are a part of the family and as Team Ryder, we work as a team to get more fun time together. They might earn extra “Tech Time”, but it’s not without limitations. They don’t receive pocket money for these: beds made, clothes away, sweeping/vacuuming/mopping floors, dishwasher stacked/unpacked, tidy room, feed beasties, rubbish runs etc. These don’t have to be perfectly done, but they have to try earnestly.

        During the holidays and weekends I have them help in additional ways: wiping windowsills/skirting boards, filing bills, washing clothes, baking for school or dinner. I found a great breakdown of chores on this site :)

        They receive pocket money for the additional tasks as it’s going above and beyond expectations. This is banked into their school banking account.

        Please understand this is a work in progress – my 6yo girl is doing her best to buck the system! I would love to hear others’ successes with a reluctant participant :)ReplyCancel

        • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

          WOW Lisa i love your system! And good on you for making it work so well.:) Sounds to me like you are doing an amazing job! ~ KateReplyCancel

        • pris

          I love the motto team Ryder! Great ideas. I am about to embark in this system and as you say it is a work in progress. Cheers PrisReplyCancel

  • Casey

    I would love info on organising desks my eldest is going
    into high school and my youngest into grade 3. Eldest desk
    Has 2 slim drawers at top and youngest has 3 (not quite a4
    Size drawers in a row).
    Any organisation tips would be great also what you have in
    Or on their desks
    Thanks CaseyReplyCancel

  • Alicia

    Hi, I would like help with some printables (perhaps visual or simple ones for seven year olds) for chores and jobs before and after school. I have read many of your tips before and love them thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Elita

    morning routine for little ones my boy is in prep so what routine do mums Hav in placeReplyCancel

    • I had a little routine chart on my notice board. My youngest was still using it in Year 3, and it’s still there, though no one looks at it all these years later.

      Our morning routine consisted of:

      Get up and dressed
      Make your bed
      Have breakfast
      Brush hair and teeth
      Pack your bag

      I tried to make sure the routine made sense in terms of both the order and combining tasks that were un the same room (eg bedroom, bathroom). I typed this up and put a picture in for each task, just using Microsoft Clipart.

      I did (and still do) make my kids’ lunches, (even at 14, 17 and 18) because I do it before they get up while the house is peaceful. I just can’t stand the nonsense and squabbling with three of them trying to use the kitchen. I make their sandwiches and pop them in tupperware sandwich boxes. They have to get fruit and snack for themselves.

      Some thirteen years after this routine was instigated by me it still works perfectly, because it covers everything that must be done before we leave the house.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Fantastic Tracy! I love that your routine is still working for you. Good on you.:) ~ KateReplyCancel

  • I’m really interested in the lunches. My first I starting school this year and the whole lunchbox thing completely daunts me as previously he was a fussy eater – still is but at least now he eats a bit more and my youngest is changing to a new preschool where I need to bring meals – old kindy provided meals so I’m was a little spoilt. I’m used to making things fresh so the whole food storage thing scares me eg cruskits going soft/sogy eg if not consumed straight away etc.ReplyCancel

  • Jillian

    I would like to learn what and how to freeze healthy lunch options for my fussy eatersReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Another who would love freezable lunches for fussy kids.
    Tips on getting more veggies into the lunch box.
    How to organise after school routines.
    Screen time in general but particularly during the week. If you’ve cut back on screen time how did you go about it?ReplyCancel

  • Meg

    I would love some tips on kids transitioning to high school. My little one going into prep is fine but my older one going to high school is extremely nervous-lots of changes that are overwhelming. Being on the autism spectrum she doesn’t cope with change very well & is also a very fussy eater.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Meg, Really good idea. I totally understand. Lots of talking helps.:)ReplyCancel

  • Hayley

    I would love to know how to cut back on screen time. Another is I have difficulty with ideas for afternoon snacks. We fell into a routine of milk and cookies last year. Need a healthy change.ReplyCancel

    • Sandra

      Screen time was a big issue in our house last year. Started a system that works well. (2 boys 7 & 10). They have to earn time for doing regular jobs and can also earn for extra jobs. I use pirate coins, each coin is worth 5 minutes and they keep them in a jar. When they have enough for what they want they pay me in coins. They soon learnt that 5 mins of screen time isn’t much and were much keener to earn more and save up coins. A win/win. More interested in helping out and no asking can I watch this, play this etc.ReplyCancel

      • Kelly

        What a great idea, we will defiantly be trying this out with out 5yo this yearReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    Reflections on my experience with my now year 4 son’s school life.
    1. Don’t overfill the lunch box
    2. Include one item you know the child will most days half the food comes home no matter how long you have spent researching and preparing. Play is far more enticing than any balanced, researched super food we Mums have spent our time on.
    3. Buy the cook book by Jerry Seinfeld’s wife on how to hide veggies for those fussy kids we all love .lol
    4. Make sure the lunch box is easy for the child to operate
    5. Start the years rules and organising lists now and carry on through out the year.
    6. Give your child ALOT of input into how their work space desk is arranged … more so for older kids. Experience learning through doing. We all do too much for our little people.
    7. Point 6 applies to all facets of kids daily life…the more we do for them the more we are disenabling them. Thinking of a friend who was still putting her year 2 son’s socks and shoes on for him !
    8. Keep it simple and enjoy every day of your kids school life .. As we all know it goes by wsy too fast.ReplyCancel

  • Jess

    Three things I would suggest as a teacher: 1. Velcro shoes for littlest 2. Label everything (even undies if swimming) you would be surprised how many kids don’t know their own undies. 3. Practice opening all lunch containers, wraps before school. It is okay to open one for your child, but try 20-30 in the 10 minute eating time.
    As a mum I colour code all subjects for my grade two daughter who is responsible for belongings in class ( no time wasted finding books etc.)
    For my soon to be Prep boy I have just really focussed on him recognising his full name on each of his belongings and letting him pick and new bag and lunch box so he can pick his from the crowd. He is also a bit nervous ( young preppie) so we are having a back to school day where we will make bag tags, decorate/cover books, practice putting our uniform on and have a picnic with our school lunch .boxesReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I would like to know how other parents handle homework. My eldest started school last year & getting him to do homework was a nightmare. I tried spreding it over the whole week, doing it all in 1 day, no play until it was finished, a reward system but no matter what we always ended up arguing. My youngest starts this year & the thought of 2 lots of homework terrifies me.ReplyCancel

    • Kiki

      My eldest is going into Year 6 this year. I stopped arguing with her about homework when she was in Kindy. It was so stressful and counter productive as she didn’t learn anything and it was a total waste of everyone’s time. She knows that it is her responsibility to do her homework, that I will not write any notes to the teacher excusing her for not having done her homework. She would have to take on whatever consequences the teacher deemed fit if she didn’t do it.

      Now she is a bit older she does the homework she can independently and then after dinner when the youngest is in bed and things are quieter we work on the parts she needs help with.

      Part of the problem is that she had undiagnosed dyslexia as well as processing issues with her eyes not working together to read which made it hard for her to concentrate. If you continue to have issues with homework and if he avoids reading, it might be worth looking into things other than homework being the issue. I wish it had been found earlier in her schooling, would have saved all the catching up we’ve been doing this last twelve months and ongoing.ReplyCancel

      • Kirsty Godschalx

        Definitely agree. Don’t fight about it, it is not worth it to make home life stressful. Reading is the most important thing, and if they don’t like to read to you then you read to them.ReplyCancel

        • Maggie

          I used to have a terrible time trying to get my youngest to do his homework when in Yr 2, it would take an hour sometimes of nagging to get him to do what only took 5mins, sigh! Then at the end of the year I found out that he was the only child in his class that had completed all the tasks set, in fact the nearest child had only done half. Yes, it was good that he’d achieved everything but at what cost? I was so cross with myself that I’d gone through all those arguments with him thinking that the homework had to be done when in reality he was the only one doing it all! I now lay off big time, I recognize that some days he is just way too tired after a day full of learning to do any more work and by pushing him to do it I’m creating a monster (me!). I share this in the hope that others can learn form my mistakes!!ReplyCancel

    • Robin

      As a teacher I have to say that the only homework that is truly essential in the early years is reading, and if your child doesn’t want to read to you DON’T fight with them over it. Read to them instead. But please, read real books, not only the little reading books the kids bring home from school. Have a stash of either your own picture books or those you borrow from a public library and aim for 20 minutes a day, either while resting after school, or at bedtime, or even to settle in the mornings before school. Be willing to re-read your child’s favourite books many, many times and sit where you can both see the pictures and the text. Run your finger under the text while you read. Take time to explore the illustrations together. Many literacy skills are developed by watching and listening.
      Three other points.
      Make sure your child can manage their own clothes to use the toilet (overalls can create real problems).
      Make sure your child can manage to get their own shoes on and off without help.
      Make sure your child can manage to open and close their own lunchbox, that they know which food is their snack, and their lunch. Practise eating your lunch at home from the lunchbox several times before school starts.ReplyCancel

    • Nadine

      Hi Lisa,
      My eldest started prep last year and brought homework home in 4th term. My attitude to homework (and this comes from my experience as a lower primary teacher pre kids) is that homework in prep should not be necessary – it is a school based decision. If your preppy is tired and has used up all their ‘goodness’ at school I would read them the book and maybe turn about a page. It should take no more than 10mins. Year 1 and 2 homework should be no more than 15mins. I always set reading, spelling and sight words and the kids had optional number facts which the majority wanted.
      Our homework routine this year will be arvo tea, homework and then play. If he is too tired we will do the book as part of bedtime story.
      Basically it is important to remember that homework is practice – books should be easy. And if things are a real struggle talk to the teacher too – they may say to focus on something on one particular thing.ReplyCancel

  • Diane

    Ideas for post school activities. Mine is so tired after nursery she vegitatea in front of the TV but I want to try to get her doing things but have no idea what or whether being so tired is normal ??ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Diane, Yes i remember when mine were younger and all they wanted to do after Kindy and even the first few years of school was to come home and sit in front of the TV. I think they are so physically tired from playing and being active all day that they just want to sit and do nothing. ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Goldie

    It seems that everyone one is using printed charts – I think I have to take the plunge and buy a family printer. Any recommendations people?

    • Tracey

      One that the refilled cartridges don’t cost a fortune, def check out the cost of the refills before buying, some refills are worth more than a new printer.ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    I would love some ideas on homework routines and healthy lunches that can be prepared in advance (that can be frozen).ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey

    Would love some ideas for afternoon tea, especially things that the kids can get for themselves and ways of organising the snacks. My youngest is 8mths so often needs a nap straight after school pick up which makes it hard getting the other 3 some afternoon tea before getting the little one down for a nap.ReplyCancel

  • Aims

    I love your routines/ lunches/ chores etc, last year they really helped me to get my head around starting school. However, this year is our first year of School, kindy and a toddler at home… tips on managing the paper flow, the bag station, all the STUFF (making, paintings etc) that come home from both kindy and school, all the drop offs, pick ups and food, food food! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Jackie

    I’d like ideas for organising school papers.

    Also, what ideas can I get for making lunches without contributing to landfill waste? My DD likes wakame (Seaweed salad), yoghurt, but is not so keen on sandwiches now. Ideas would be awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    Ideas for nutritious quick breaky as my son will start kindy this year and will travel on the bus 45mins so have an early start.ReplyCancel

  • nicole true

    Would like to see some tips on how to reduce screen time

    When do your children complete their homework? Is it before or after school?ReplyCancel

    • Heidi

      My son is 7 and we during term we have a no TV in the mornings rule unless he is ready for school – dressed, brekkie done, teeth done, bag packed and ready. We do homework the minute we walk in the door after school and have a small snack so it’s over and done with quickly. It seems to work quite well :).ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    My daughter is 13 and I’d love some advice and tips for high school aged kids.ReplyCancel

  • tam

    My kids are 18 17 14 and 12 and have been hanging clothes on the line for years
    Plus i dont fold there clothes either plus at 16 they start washing their own
    they take it in turn to empty the dishwasher,they have pets and also do the garbage and recycling
    my 18yr has moved out and my 27 tr does nothing
    for school my boys are in yr 7 and 9 the make their own lunch and i do up zip lock bags with treat in them and they grab one and s pc of fruitReplyCancel

  • Penny

    Get them to practice using their lunchbox and snackboxes at home before the first day of school so that you can see any problems and find solutions. Your child will be more confident and the teacher will love you :-)ReplyCancel

  • Penny

    My kids ages are 10, 8 and 5. After school routine is always the same, empty bags, snack then homework for older two while I listen to youngest reading. Youngest then hand washes lunchboxes while I listen to middles reading. Younger two then have free time until 5pm when we do baths and evening chores. Eldest is academically capable but often struggles with focus and attention to homework and I’ve found it’s usually best to walk away after 4pm. Evening chores include cleaning rooms, packing away dishes, setting table, feeding animals, taking out rubbish, and putting away clean clothes. Each child has a set list which rarely changes and takes between 5-10 minutes if they don’t fool around. We don’t have sport or activities yet as all three have various special needs and have needed various therapy with homework.ReplyCancel

  • Marie

    I would like to get organised and start freezing things for the kids. What’s containers would you recommend for the freezerReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Marie i use Vac Seal from Howards Storage World for the fresh fruit and in the freezer i use Tupperware and Snapware. Anything airtight is perfect.ReplyCancel

  • I would love to have some nice ideas for keeping my kids routine productive and keep them busy and interested!ReplyCancel

It was Teacher Appreciation Day recently.  My youngest daughters teacher has been absolutely amazing this year and whilst I admit I forgot it was teacher appreciation Day until the night before I wanted to take the time with Miss 9 to put something together for her teacher.  A little thank you from us for always […]

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  • Caroline

    I love these!My children are all grown up now but they would make good gifts for neighbours I’ll be making some for mine this year.ReplyCancel

School holidays for me are about relaxing, spending time with the kids and getting the house back into order.  Sometimes life just gets busy and cupboards get messy and piles start appearing.  Here is some inspiration for you if you are tackling any organising tasks these school holidays. How to organise the food in the […]

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  • Jaq

    Ooh wow, I simply love the space you have created for your kids bags. We keep them in their rooms and I must say I always find them on the floor, behind a door or the contents spattered in the lounge room. This is such a great use of space, we have an area very similar.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      So pleased this has inspired you Jaq, please send me a picture if you are able to create an organised space for your bags!!ReplyCancel

  • jackie arnel

    I recently ordered from your website the end of may some things from you and I am still waiting for delivery. It has been 6 weeks?? The purchase order amount has been taken out of my visa account (either 26 or 28th of May if I can recall). I am very disappointed with this service. JackieReplyCancel

    • Michelle Rayner

      Jackie, the stuff is usually an instant download, not something that gets posted out. Have you checked your emails?ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Thank you for helping MIchelle, I really appreciate it xReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Jackie, I’m so sorry I”m only seeing this now, I’ve taken 2 weeks away from the computer to spend time with my kiddies over the school holidays. All my products are instant downloads, you should of been able to instantly download them after purchase, via the accounts page or via the email sent to you. Please email me via the contact form on the blog if you have troubles accessing.ReplyCancel

  • Wow!

    That is organised!ReplyCancel

  • Jaime

    I have wanted to do something similar for my kids’ school bags, i have the perfect wall spot, but for the moment at least I think they’ll have to stay on the floor – I worry about my 2yo trying to pull it off the wall!ReplyCancel

    • Cathy

      We filled in the end of a hallway with a built in cupboard with separate cubby holes for each of us – 4 kids, husband and myself. Didn’t cost too much as hubby is a carpenter but you could try IKEA. Got my idea from the childcare centre as each child had their own “cubbyhole”.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Originally I used some wooden letter hooks with 3M tape on the back, these were pulled off the wall. I then replaced the letters with this long and heavy wooden rack making sure it will forever stay on the wall. Hope you can find something suitable for your space xReplyCancel

  • Natalie Adams


    We are a large family of 7 and looking to purchase a new fridge. In terms of organisation etc, what fridge/s do you like and why? Any tips for containers to use etc?ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Hi Katrina,

    How am I able to create family command centre when I am in a rental ?, I love the idea of the school bags being in one place and keeping it tidy. Also the fact that there is a calendar so that everybody can see what is going on.ReplyCancel

Today is the last day of school before the school holidays start here in Queensland. I’ve been working really hard the past few weeks to take some time away from the blog to spend with the kids, I’ll pop on in the evenings once the kids are in bed to check everything is running smoothly, […]

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  • Nat Mardon

    Love it! Can I ask where the little heart magnets are from? They’re adorable!ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Walt Disney Studios Easter school holidays are upon us for most of the kiddies in Australia  which is usually a great time to do some activities/crafts, bake up a storm and/or snuggle on the couch to watch some movies, a perfect way to spend time with the kids. I’m always […]

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  • Mellie

    So cute, and perfect timing… I am planning a Disney Planes birthday party for my son next Friday! Thank you!ReplyCancel

I’m so excited today I am visiting the 1st winner of the Kia ‘Win The Organised Housewife for a Day’ competition.  So that means I have to be very organised and well planned these school holidays, it’s a very busy week as I am flying down to Sydney to visit the winner and again a […]

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Some drink bottles come with very small opening making it hard to get a sponge or a brush in there for a good clean.  Over time if a drink bottle is not cleaned properly or left for a period of time in the car or bag it can become quite slimy. A simple trick to […]

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  • Redrose

    Hi there, thats a great idea. but how do you get rid of the mold that gets built up around the the small opening?ReplyCancel

    • PookiMa

      That’s guck is so annoying and it keeps reappearing! I’ve invested in a big pack of pipe cleaners. Just bend the tip into a U shape. They’re really good for getting into the straws as well.ReplyCancel

    • Kim

      To get rid of mould on lids I soak them in Milton(used to sterilize baby bottles). You could soak the whole bottle.ReplyCancel

  • Norlin Mustapha

    Great tip!!! Never thought of that!ReplyCancel

  • Louise De Luca

    Would you be able to soak them in bleach then rinse in running water to cleanReplyCancel

    • I wouldn’t Louise, I would keep bleach well away from surfaces and products that are used for eating or drinking.ReplyCancel

      • Vanessa

        but it’s ok to put denture’s back in your mouth?ReplyCancel

  • off duty dentist

    That build up is a biofilm, like plaque on false teeth. Best way to disrupt a biofilm is to scrub it off with hot soapy water and some kind of brush. A toothbrush gets in most places. You can bend the handles if you heat the plastic to make it easier to get inside rims. Then run em through the dishwasher.ReplyCancel

  • […] Theorganisedhousewife – How to Clean Bottles […]ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I clean plastice bottles with hot soapy water, about a tablespoon of rice, and a whole lot of shaking. It helps to get the gunk on the bottom of the bottle that is hard to reach with brushes.ReplyCancel

  • Monica

    I clean my water bottles with a bottle brush (from the baby aisle).ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Monica, i have also used the baby bottle brushes too, they work well i agree . I like to also use the denture tablets for those hard tricky places i can’t get to with a brush.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Katrina, do you know if the denture tablets can be used in steel drink bottles or just plastic? (I recently replaced all of the plastic drink bottles with steel!!!)ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Hi Amanda, Yes they can be used in both.:)ReplyCancel

  • […] Give the drink bottles a good scrub inside and out […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Give the drink bottles a good scrub inside and out […]ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Stuff Masters I love sharing new and exciting products with you and I am thrilled to share this rather unique unit created by a great Aussie business called Stuff Masters.  The story behind this fab unit is beautiful… Stephen and his wife have 4 kids, Mrs Stuff was searching for […]

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  • Isobel

    What a brilliant idea! Although I don’t know if I’d have them in the hallway-as they aren’t very attractive- maybe in the garage? Extremely practical though-and a lovely story of how they came about though.ReplyCancel

    • I agree Isobel, such a sweet story and he listened to exact what his wife wanted. The garage would be the perfect place, or even in the kids bedrooms to store books and hand school uniforms from too.ReplyCancel

  • meandmyreadymadefamily

    That is such a great idea. I love how you’ve added the charts so it is like a command centre for the kids!ReplyCancel

    • It’s a great little centre, you could also remove the charts and put hooks on the side to hang their school uniforms. So many different possibilities!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly law

    Love this! wish I could get them for in the UK!ReplyCancel

    • They are very unique Kelly, I have not seen them anywhere myself either before StuffMasters contacted me and made me aware of them.ReplyCancel

  • Megan Jamieson

    These would be perfect for my two little boys, shame you can’t get them in NZ.ReplyCancel

    • Such a pity Megan, have you contacted StuffMasters, see if they can help out at all??ReplyCancel

  • Susan Potts

    These are very clever – wish I’d had these when my kids were all little. I would have them in their bedrooms next to their study desks – that way they have access to the books they have to lug to and from school.ReplyCancel

    • Susan, that’s a great idea, we were trying to decide between the front entry or next to the kids beds, we decided front entry to tidily store all the shoes and there was enough space needed.ReplyCancel

  • Cherie

    How perfect! This is exactly what we need.
    p.s. I love your girls school bags, where did you get them? :)ReplyCancel

    • Cherie, I asked them same thing when I was setting up and the reader mentioned she purchased them a few years ago from Dreamworld.ReplyCancel

  • mone

    i want one with a spot for my work bag etc as well as for the kids heheheheReplyCancel

    • that’s a great idea mone, they could be used for so many different things. If I had more room in my garage I would like them for the kids sports gear!ReplyCancel

  • Christy

    I wish my partner would let me get one of these, the front door is a jumbled mess but he doesn’t see the point. Maybe it’s because it would be used to clean his mess more than the kids lolReplyCancel

  • Celeste Thomson

    Great idea – an extra would be a small side cupboard for bats, hockey sticks etc. Gorgeous design love it.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie @ Handmade Kids

    Wow, love this idea- what a great Australian product :)ReplyCancel

  • This post is fantastic Katrina. I just love the launch pad. I am forever tripping over school bags when I walk through the door.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It is such a great unit, keeping everything beautifully tidy!ReplyCancel

  • […] more school bag nook ideas here:  25 School Bag nook ideas  |  24 reader school bag nooks  |  Storage unit for school bags  |  more nook […]ReplyCancel

This giveaway is brought to you by ABC Reading Eggs Would you like your child to succeed at school? ABC Reading Eggs is the perfect program to provide your child with the literacy skills needed for success at school and in life. Providing a comprehensive range of online reading lessons and e-books, ABC Reading Eggs is successful because […]

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  • carmen

    My son will still be 4 for some time when he starts prep next year. I would live to give him a boost with learning his letters and sounds by using a system such as reading eggs.ReplyCancel

  • Kylei Denniss

    Entertaining her as she learns phonics… she is behind 2 years due to a school failing her. Back on track now with a diagnosis, reading eggs could make a big difference for her.

  • Anita fearnley

    It will assist my child to learn his sounds, improve his speech articulation and understand how to read and learn mathematical concepts in a smaller learning environment that is tailored to his needs. ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Jansson

    My 3.5 year old would love to be able to read his books. Although I do quite enjoy his entertaining, oulandish stories while he’s pretending to read them to me :)ReplyCancel

  • Soraya Sarcos

    My daughter is 5 and reads perfectly. She has always loved book, I guess because I read to her since she was a newborn. She likes to practice her spelling and reading new stories. She just can’t get enough of reading and learning. Reading opens doors for her and shows her different points of view which makes her more sensitive to other people and cultures.
    My twins are still to little, they are just learning to talk, but how the love books too!!!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi West

    I have been reading to my 4yo since I was pregnant (never too early to start). Early last year she was diagnosed with a severe phonological delay which means speech therapy until she is talking using the correct sounds. I never knew ABC Reading Eggs existed until I saw the free trial on your web page the other day. We have used the free trial and tis amazing. We sit there together and are going through all the sounds which helps as the more she hears things correctly the better. I don’t need her to read (that would be a bonus), just hearing and being encouraged to use correct sounds is sooooooo beneficial to her and us. The other bonus is that she doesn’t even realise it is helping her as its fun, unlike the homework from the speech therapist which she knows is work no matter how fun we try to make it.ReplyCancel

  • Pernilla Hokanson

    My daughter is 4 y/o and so ready for Prep. She’s enjoying the 4 week trial at the moment. Would be lovely to see her blossom even further as the cost of Reading Eggs is out of our league.ReplyCancel

  • cassie

    My foster child has come into our care two years behind the developmental age of her peers. We are trying to improve her literacy and this trial could help us know if she would enjoy the program and we could continue the subscription. ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Day

    My daughter is infatuated with books and tries to read to herself…. Reading is just part of our daily routine, so a subscription to reading eggs would be icing on the cake for my daughter’s little sponge of a brain!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cassie86

    My daughter is 3 and is really enjoying learning her letters! We decided not to send her to kindergarten this year for social reasons but we still want to encourage her first steps towards education at home. I believe reading eggs is a wonderful and engaging way to help her take these first steps with phonics and letter recognition.ReplyCancel

  • Renata

    I would love to incorporate reading eggs in my homeschool. :)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    This little chook,
    She loves her books,
    And her learning is ready to hatch.
    Reading eggs, I am sure,
    Would be the perfect match.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Byrnes

    Reading Eggs is awesome. I have purchased the program at different stages for my 4 older children. But now money is tight. I have had to put options like this into the Luxury category, and at the moment there is nothing to spend on luxuries. But I would love to be able to give my 3 nearly 4 year old the opportunity to give it a go. Being the 5th child she has developed much quicker than the other children and gets frustrated that she can’t read already. I know this would be an awesome help for her.ReplyCancel

  • Sharyn

    I have been a teacher for 40 years and have used reading Eggs very successfully. My grandson was born with a cleft lip and has been slow to talk. Reading Eggs would give him a huge lift in self confidence and just the boost he needs before he starts school.ReplyCancel

  • Tara

    I believe it will help foster a love for learning in our homeschool environment for my two children. It will also help teach them valuable computer skills.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win a great prize like this one. (And finally, one that is for Aussies only. lol) :)ReplyCancel

  • Janet

    R eading
    E ggs will
    A ssist my
    D arling by making reading
    I nteresting and give them the encouragement they
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    G oing.
    E xcellent, I think it will be an excellent tool to help my child develop
    G reat reading skills and will be
    G ood for me to have something else to use when helping to teach – will help keep my
    S anity!ReplyCancel

  • Venita

    I would love to give my son this opportunity. He has been sick from birth with chronic kidney/liver disease and chronic lung disease and requires to travel to see Specialists at least every 4 weeks – he has just started school and having a program like this would be amazing – we could continue using it when he is unable to attend school and is in hospital etc. The one thing we want to keep on top of is reading – the school don’t care how much school he misses just so long as we can work on reading outside of school. After all, if you can’t read – it will affect everything else. This would be such a blessing for him.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy

    my son (5) has only just begun to overcome significant hearing issues following surgery late last year which has affected his attention span, speech and learning via audio. these eggs I’m sure would be just the thing to help him catch up with the other kids in his year by engaging his attention and making learning fun.ReplyCancel

  • Leeanne P

    My daughter would really benefit from reading eggs-she missed the school cut off age by 2 days this year so she is very keen to learn letters and words yet she is in Kindy for another year.ReplyCancel

  • rachel

    My daughter has just started kindy but has had to have speech therapy since she was 1yr old! The therapist has said she has caught up mostly but she still struggles a little with saying her letter sounds. I know this is going to make it harder for her to sound out letters and words and learn to read. Reading eggs will provide her with extra support in a fun and engaging manner to ensure she doesn’t fall behind due to her struggles- and all the while she will think she is playing games! :)ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    Reading eggs has helped my 2 older children to read and now my baby is 5 it is his turn!ReplyCancel

  • Carly Carroll

    My little boy cannot read
    This prize may well just plant the seed
    Reward, encourage and be fun
    It’ll help him become number one ReplyCancel

  • Caroline

    Our little one has just started the Reading Eggs trial and is loving it. I think reading is an important part of childhood & I’m hoping my little ones will have the same love of reading that I do. Fingers crossed Reading Eggs will help kick start that love :)ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    As one of the youngest in his kinder class, reading eggs will give my son an extra boost to keep up with his peers and keep up his self-confidence and love of learning!ReplyCancel

  • Christine

    We’d love to win a subscription to reading eggs. Why will it help my child read? He is a visual learner and reading eggs is set out so beautifully. Boys are often reluctant readers so I think reading eggs will give him confidence and help to instill a love of reading.ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Reading Eggs could help my daughter as she has a great imagination, books and reading would just make that magic grow!ReplyCancel

  • Erin

    I would love to win this for a Grade 6 student I teach. He is a refugee and has no English, so it would be a great way for him to listen to reading and build his vocabulary.ReplyCancel

  • Katie Bull

    My son Archie has just started Prep and I believe reading eggs would be the perfect program to help him recognise letters and build strategies which will ultimately lead him to learn how to read.ReplyCancel

  • Vyktoria

    We would love to win this subscription for our Miss 3.5 as she is an avid reader and storyteller and sadly we don’t have as much time to read to her as much as we did before her new baby brother was born. This would especially help me while I’m breastfeeding to keep big sis occupied 😀ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Kent

    ‘Reading Eggs’ for little miss 4
    For reading, maths, spelling and more
    Get her ready for school to come
    Start at home with help from mum!ReplyCancel

  • feline1981

    I have 3 small girls who would love this. My 6 year old loves the iPad and loves to read- great combo! She has taught our 3 year old to read a bit and is now wanting to teach the 2 year old to read! What a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie d'Arbon

    My middle boy has just started kindy. He’s obsessed with computers and we are struggling to get him to take an interest in anything besides Minecraft. His screen time has been severely limited to encourage him to do other stuff. We take him outside and show him the world. He gets to go camping and boating. He gets to ride horses. He has a small sister and a big brother to play with. I offer him paint and paper and colourful, messy things to do. All to no avail. He just flops around the house, moaning piteously, wailing and gnashing his teeth. Apparently he has nothing to do inside (despite a room full of Lego, craft stuff, Star Wars action figures and other cool things – sigh). Reading Eggs would show him that you can use the computer for learning AND it can be fun. It will (hopefully) get his mind out of the Minecraft world and into the literary world. He can read about adventurous children that go outside and don’t melt in the sunlight. He needs Reading Eggs. I need Reading Eggs! For pity’s sake, give us Reading Eggs!!!! Save us from floppy, sulky kindy boys…argh!ReplyCancel

  • Kristie Crawford-Ferguson

    It’s quite difficult to find an Australian phonics program and app. my miss 4 loves story time this would her help learn the basics.ReplyCancel

  • Emma Ribbans

    Computers, phones and tablets
    Have made ours an electronic age.
    (Though if you ask me,
    nothing beats turning a real page).

    Harnessing the kids interest
    In the gadgets at hand,
    I can secretly teach them
    To become readers so grand.

    Encouraging a love of reading
    Using fun stories, games and song
    With our Reading Eggs program
    We just can’t go wrong!ReplyCancel

  • April P

    My son is in Prep, he enjoys school and is making friends, l want to help him as much as l can, l know the ABC reading program would help him, it is a very good teaching program, l would love to see my son confident in reading.ReplyCancel

  • TajKai

    Mr 5 has just begun Kindy. He can read most letters, but is not yet making the connection between letters and words.

    He’s hungry to learn!

    I’m also hungry for him to learn … there are only so many times I can read him his favourite bedtime story ‘Do pirates have wobbly teeth?’ without falling asleep myself.

    Reading Eggs with their fun learning methods, graded learning and rewards for achievements have everything my son needs to maintain his interest and motivation in becoming a proficient reader.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Gray

    To fill in the gap between what is learnt at school and what I know to teach at home, Reading Eggs would be a fantastic tool to ensure my daughter gets the best possible start and hopefully not struggle at all.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Corbett

    My 6 year old son who has ADHD and sensory processing disorder would really benefit from a program like this. He is keen to learn but is often distracted in the class room, so something he can do at home (like this) would really help his reading skills.ReplyCancel

  • Iftikhar

At the beginning of this Back to School Series I asked what topics you would like me to write about, there were quite a few readers asking for tips on how to help high school kids, organise study time and their desks.  As I don’t have teenagers myself I put the call out for somebody […]

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