Many of our clients have young families and after five long weeks of sleeping in or doing things on their own time, the alarm bell announcing that first day of school will certainly be a rude awakening. Here are some of our top tips that we use in our households for easing back into the school term and staying organised while we are at it!
Back to School on a Budget
Buying back-to-school essentials is a financial headache for many families with a new survey reporting that 60 percent of primary school parents find it stressful. Not surprising when the average family apparently coughs up $600 on back to school stationery, shoes and equipment. Don't break the bank before the year has even really begun. Minimise the expense instead with these tips to save on back-to-school supplies.
- Look at home first
- Give yourself plenty of time
- Buy in bulk
- Use those freebies!
- Pretty up stationery
- Only buy what you need
- Buy quality
- Go online
Term and School Holiday Dates
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5 Ways to keep the kids organised at school
It's never too early (or too late) to teach kids how to get and stay organised for school. The skills they learn now will carry over into high school and ultimately their careers and home management as adults.
1. Establish a great homework routine
Determine the best time for daily school work and stick with it. For some kids, it will be right after school. Others may need some downtime to play, and then it's time to hit the books. The most important thing is to stick to the schedule so your child knows what's expected;
2. Set up the space
Have a designated study area, such as the kitchen table;
3. Make sure you know what's going on
Instruct children to unload their backpacks as soon as they come home. Have them hang up their bags in a designated area for easy access tomorrow and bring homework to the designated study area. Check in each day so you're aware of their workload and take special care when they seem overwhelmed;
4. Encourage the use of lists and planners
The older kids get, the more homework and activities they'll have. Teach them to manage their tasks with the use of simple lists or a planner or calendar of some sort. When they learn of upcoming assignments, tests, or events, they should write them down in their planners;
5. Encourage colour coding
Colour affects our mood and memory so let kids pick the colours of their folders and notebooks to correspond to different classes. If green reminds them of science, then they'll know instantly to grab the green notebook when looking for their science notes.
Make lunchtime fun with these easy school lunch recipes
Chicken & Corn Wraps
Ham, Pineapple & Cheese Pizza Scrolls
Oat & Choc-Chunk Cookies
Now that you have an insight into some of the tricks that we use to keep our kids focused, Contact Us to discuss how we can help ensure your finances are on track to spoil the family with a holiday at the end of the school term.