The key to surviving back to school chaos
ROUTINE and organisation are key to domestic tranquillity when it comes to getting the children back to school.
There are many things you can do to make life easier for everyone, and it only takes a bit of planning.
Although school's not back for a couple of weeks, Amali Baumann and her mum, Emily, are getting the books and stationery ready for Grade One at St Helen's State School, Maryborough.
To take the pressure off the last few days of the holidays, here are some things you can do:
1. Purchase school supplies and uniforms. Long before the first day back, you'll need to organise the uniforms, backpack, lunch box, books and stationery.
It is the responsibility of parents to purchase the required materials, and the responsibility of the child and/or parent to ensure they are taken to school ready for work each day.
2. Prepare uniforms and lunches ahead of time. Make sure uniforms are washed and ironed, if necessary, before the start of each school week.
If students are wearing a jumper, ensure it is the correct one.
Also, get lunch boxes washed and ready and fill water bottles.
Some food can be placed in the lunchbox the night before school.
Bag up fruit, biscuits and other snacks in preparation for a few days.
3. If your mornings are busy, put out the breakfast cereals and bowls at night.
Set out places at the table or bar, covering with a cloth to keep night critters from crawling over the cutlery and crockery.
4. Keep the car clean and tidy. Children often misplace hats or jackets in messy vehicles.
5. Set up a homework station. Set aside a space for children to do their homework.
If you keep pencils, paper, rulers, calculators and erasers there in a storage container it will ease the hassles that sometimes arise when children can't find what they need.
6. Create an honour wall, or use the fridge door, to hang art works and awards.
Children tend to try harder to do their best when they know their parents or carers are proud of their achievements.
7. Lastly, keep a calendar so that you know when school events are coming up. Also, include assessment item dates.