5 Great Tips for Back to School because it is never too early to get back to school ready. I was ready the day after school ended in June to be honest! From making lunch easier to school supplies to tech these 5 Great Tips for Back to School have a little something for everyone…
Disclosure: I have partnered with YMC and Staples and have received compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.
5 Great Tips for Back to School
1. Tips for the whole family: When you get labels — write the family name on them. That way they can be used for items the whole family uses (lunch and snack containers for example). Ours say “Famille Fernandez” — so it’s easy to identify yet no one calls “hey that’s mine” when I’m packing lunch.
Also, when buying school supplies…go for the one-stop-shop! Because no one has the time (or the will – to be honest) to do ten stores for school supplies. Especially when you have multiple children. That is why I go directly to Staples Canada. I can buy everything I need for my elementary school child, my high school-er and my (gulp) university bound student. And I can shop in-store or online at Staples.ca.
2. Tips for elementary school: Think about size when buying elementary school supplies. Is the backpack big enough or too big? Over the years my kids have had backpacks, rolling backpacks, and sling bags. My advice: have your kids try on the backpack to ensure it is a good fit for them. No one likes to see a kindergarten-er tip over because of a top-heavy backpack 😉
3. Tips for lunch: choose reusable containers! Reusable containers reduce waste and are budget friendly. Practice opening and closing the containers with your kids to ensure they can do so independently. Also, think about how your child eats lunch. My youngest HATES sandwiches (as I’ve shared here before) so bento boxes with separated foods is best for him.
4. Tips for middle school: Make organization and colour coding happen. Think: notebooks for each of your subjects and a functional agenda to keep track of test dates. Middle school is the time to get the organization skills in action. This includes locker accessories to keep all your school life organized.
4. Tips for high school & post-secondary: these are the days when your school supply needs go beyond a semester. So in terms of computers (and printer, ink, paper, mouse) – what do you need in a computer now and what will you need in two years? Do you need a computer desk – standing or sitting? Chair? Mini-fridge to enable snacking at aforementioned computer desk?
BTW: at Staples Canada you can choose to pick-up at your local store or store closest to your post-secondary institution to make moving into your residence that much easier.
I took my daughters to Staples Canada last week and it was an agenda-notebook-new pens-palooza. It’s funny…I can’t get my two teens to agree to go to many places with me…but they were both all-in for a trip to Staples Canada. And I even bought a thing or two for my office!