Well are you ready? As mentioned previously, school goes back soon and time can creep up on you. I have created a very general Back to School Checklist for you to download and print off. This is one to use Before the School Year Starts. Once the kidlets start school there is another one that you will need to do to make sure all is organised. As I had one in Kindy when I previously posted this, I have left it in. Kindy will only follow some of the checklist. Let’s get started and be on top of it before the chaos begins.
This is a repost from again with some changes to keep it updated. Now that I have most of the things the kidlets need for school, the idea of how best to label them has been playing on my mind, again. There are a variety of ways you can label these days. A few might be:
- The good old permanent texta
- Sewing labels onto clothes
- Iron on labels for clothing
- Commercially bought, commercially designed labels
- Your own designs made up and printed out on the home computer
I am going with the commercially self designed and ordered kind. I sat down with each of the kidlets and they chose their design. It was great to see their eyes light up when choosing the design and colour. This year we went with a company called Tiny Me. They had a great special. Gabby chose the Woodland Creatures and Rogan went with Transport.
Below are a couple of other links to help you get started.
Have fun choosing some exciting designs.
This is a repost from a couple of years ago as I have been so busy with the move that my plans for posts have been thrown into chaos. The rules for choosing the right school bag hasn’t changed as the comfort and long term benefits are still so important. Some of the names and school dates have changed to try and keep it current.
It is a very exciting time for our little family as we prepare for Rogey Bear to begin ‘big’school – Pre-Primary and Gabbylocks heads into Year 2. As I have also been in Education for more than 20 years, I have been made well aware of the need for the correct school bag for students. 3/4 of young students complain of back pain before they are in high school, which is mainly due to bag size and weight. Now that we are looking for a bag for our baby boy we have been doing some research, again, as we did 2 years ago. I have listed some of the main points to consider when choosing the right bag.
- The backpack must be firm and adjustable
- Straps should cover both shoulders
- A waist strap should be included
- Choose the right size backpack carefully
- Always be aware of how much weight is put into the backpack
The care of our childrens’ backs is paramount.
It has been a busy week with Gabbylocks starting Year 1 and Rogey Bear starting Kindy and also returning to some Day Care. I am also back at work 3 days a week as Learning Support Coordinator at a high school. All our students returned this week as well. Often when things are so hectic we forget to remember the little things. I came across a great idea a while ago, which will help with this. I cannot for the life of me remember the source but I have revamped it a little. It is a little questionaire for the kids to remember their First Day of the new school year. There will be one for the last day as well. I have completed it with Gabby and plan to put it up along with her First Day picture, when I find the time. Later it will be kept in her school memory collection. I wasn’t going to do one for Rogey Bear but might think of a simpler one for Kindy.
Just click on the picture below to download the PDF for free.
One week to go before Gabbylocks starts Year 1 and Rogey Bear starts kindy. As usual I was on top of everything 2 weeks ago but now that I am back at work as well, I seem to be stumbling. While I am getting back on track and finalising things, I am thinking about lunch box ideas. I was so excited to finally be doing this last year. Like most, I was over it by half way through term 1. The amount Gabby eats goes up and down and I can never keep up. First on my list was to buy a lunch box. There are so many options out there. Last year, due to my excitement, I got quite an expensive one on-line and we never used it properly most of the year. For Kindy, Rogan is not allowed an insulated lunch box which made my decision a little easier. Below are range of cheap and not so cheap lunch box options.
Nude Food Movers can be found at supermarkets and department chains. I used one for Gabbylocks when she was at Kindy and it was perfect.
Check out more about them at http://about.pricegrabber.com/search.php?form_keyword=Laptop+Lunches&mode=about_kidscooking&
Insulated lunch box with water bottle carrier attached – found at most supermarkets and department chains.
Vertical insulated lunch box – – found at most supermarkets and department chains.
Fridge-to-go. I am considering giving this a go this year as it has been recommended to me. We live in a fairly hot climate and the Year 1s will not have fridges like they did in Prep. Apparently they keep food cool for up to 8 hours.
Next ……….. What to put in the lunch boxes.
Today I was going to put together an awesome post about labeling. Yes I said awesome. You weren’t reading things. lol. As I was getting organised, I came across Kat’s post at The Organised Housewife. Kat is so organised that she always is one step of me being organised. Once again Kat, you inspire me. Everything about labeling is in her latest post so I am not going to re-invent the wheel. Click on the link below to read about the next step in organising and being ready for school.
Bright Star Kids gets a huge mention and they are great for labels. There are some other options out there and I have listed them below. My husband and I did decide that we would not use sticker labels for pencils (every pencil has to be labelled, according to our booklist). Instead we are going to go with the method we had at school. DH has said he would do it and I am giving that to him to start tonight. We are going to scrape part of the pencil away at the top and write Gabby’s name on it. I feel there will be more chance of it staying there. Once completed I will post the results.
Well are you ready? As mentioned previously, school goes back soon and time can creep up on you. I have created a very general Back to School Checklist for you to download and print off. This is one to use Before the School Year Starts. Once the kidlets start school there is another one that you will need to do to make sure all is organised. As I have one in school and one going to Kindy, I have included both in the title. Kindy will only follow some of the checklist. Let’s get started and be on top of it before the chaos begins.