Last updated on January 31st, 2017 at 03:06 pm
When back to school time comes around, there is a lot to organise, buy and prepare. Routines need to be changed, uniforms and school supplies must be bought. This can be a lot to do in such a short space of time, so here are some tips to help you get everything done before the first day of school comes back around.
Going Back To School: Planning & Preparations
Most schools start the new term in late August or early September, although, it is always best to check the exact start date with the school. When it comes to shopping, back to school shopping in store can vary from a few weeks before the back to school date to over a month before. The back to school sale time frame should give you enough time to find supplies you may need for school. Any sales or offers may be a little shorter than the length of time you’ll see the back to school promotional stands in stores, so make sure to keep an eye out, look at different websites and visit the shops if you’re after some back to school bargains.
If you’re shopping on a budget, the most important thing is organisation. Make sure you know what you need, write it down and then do your research. Find out where you can get those things for the cheapest price, look for places that have a back to school sale and if the things you need are included in the sale. Also, check for hand me downs from older children, if you can find a few, it can save you quite a bit of money.
When it comes to routines, the first day and night you children are back in class should not form the adjustment period for sleep schedules and getting ready routines. Easing into the new routine should take a few weeks. Start going to bed earlier and waking late sleepers earlier every day until they are waking up at the time they should be for school. Sleep isn’t the only thing that needs be altered, meal times may need to be altered too, so when little ones go back to school they are already in a good routine. Start eating lunch at school lunch break time, eating breakfast early and eating the last meal after school will have finished.
When doing this, get into the habit of getting things done the night before, so the morning runs calmly and smoothly, rather than having to pack several lunches, find that homework and those school shoes in ten minutes. Lay the uniform out, so getting ready is quick and efficient, make sure all books and homework are packed, as well as lunch. If you prefer to pack lunch in the mornings, make sure everything is easy to get to. If the morning runs smoothly, it will help the rest of your day to stay on track.
Back To School Supplies
When going shopping for back to school supplies the best places to go are to supermarkets and stationery shops. When doing your back to school shop, there are a list of staple supplies that your children will need and these items will change depending on the age of your children. Some of the basic things are simple stationery, a pencil case, a notebook and maybe a file. This also depends on what the school already provides your child.
At Shoe Zone, we do offer a variety of different school shoes and school bags which are both necessary for school life. Clothing is also something that needs to be checked to make sure it still fits and is appropriate for the school’s dress code. If you need new uniforms or casual clothes for school, most supermarkets will sell suitable clothing.
Back To School Shoes
Choosing the school shoes for the year can be one of the hardest things. Finding a pair that fit and suit your child can be a tough nut to crack. If you’re struggling or need some tips on choosing school shoes, keep an eye on our blog for the full school shoe guide, coming soon!
In short, the first thing to look at when trying to find school shoes is the school dress code. The dress code usually varies between schools so be sure to check the specifics. Then, look at a style that is most suitable for your child and what they do. For example, if your child likes to run around during their breaks, like most children do, you will want to find a pair of shoes that have a more athletic style that are more natural to walk in. If your child needs more support in the sole area, find more of a chunkier supportive shoe. Generally, boy’s school shoes need to be more durable than girl’s school shoes. Make sure your little ones find shoes that are comfortable and well fitting.
Most schools have guidelines in their dress code which specify that black shoes should be worn. Although, this can alter so be sure to check. Choosing the right shoes can be a difficult task but taking these tips on board can help you along the way.
Back To School Clothes: Uniform Shopping
When it comes to uniforms, most schools tend to be rather strict on what is and is not allowed. This can come down to several reasons but it is important that pupils do follow their dress code.
There are many places on the high street that will provide smart clothing that is suitable for most school’s dress code. Although, make sure to check the dress code before buying the clothing because there might be some specific requirements that you may not be aware of. If you are on a budget, do make sure to look around at different high street stores and supermarkets as some places will provide the staple clothing for cheaper price, do make sure the items you do buy are decent quality though or you might find you’re replacing them more regularly than you’d like.
You should buy enough clothing to last your child throughout the week, this will prevent panic washing on a Tuesday night when your child comes home with yoghurt down their shirt, or grass stains on their knees! You’ll then have to take more time out to iron the uniform the night before on every evening. Therefore, it is best to buy at least a few different shirts and trousers to last a few days. Make sure to get the suitable clothing for physical educations as the dress code for this can be rather strict too. Although, it usually is just a basic t-shirt and some shorts, so do make sure you have this clothing for your child too.
Although there is a lot to take in and a lot of things to keep track of, if you are organised and know what you need to do, the ‘back to school’ adjustment can go smoothly. Just make sure to take one task at a time and don’t overload yourself with things to do before school comes back around.