It’s that time of the year when both parents and children get swept up in a whirlwind of preparation for a new academic term.
All that planning and shopping for school essentials can be stressful, but we’ve got you covered.
Here are eight top tips for back-to-school season that will make getting ready for the new term both fun and educational for your child, and ensure you have everything you need.
1. Work with your child to make a list for the coming year
First, consult with your child’s school or teacher for recommended school supplies or classroom equipment. They can offer great advice on what your child might need in the new academic year.
Once you have these recommendations, sit down and go through the list with your child. Discussing this together will help them build organisational skills and instil a sense of responsibility for their own needs and belongings.
2. Distinguish between “wants” and “needs”
Don’t fall into the trap of trends. Talk with your child to find out which school supplies must be replenished—stationery, for example, can often be used from the previous year.
Another educational activity you can do together is set a budget and ask your child to prioritise what they need or want within the amount.
3. When possible, let your kids choose certain school essentials
Shopping for certain key items plays a big part in the fun of going back to school. New school backpacks and pencil cases, for example, are things that help kids cultivate their own identity and style.
Amazon offers a wide range of these to suit a variety of tastes that you can shop for with your children in the comfort of your home.
4. Create an inventory of school supplies and keep them organised
Bring out all the stationery supplies you have and organise them in drawers or clear plastic boxes, where you can easily see and take out what you need.
Keeping tabs on what you have and what you’ll need to buy can save money and help you plan your budget for the year ahead.
5. Make room for fun, even when it comes to the basics
But there’s room for fun and creativity even when it comes to basics. For example, you can get stationery sets or lunch boxes and water bottles featuring your child’s favourite characters that can serve as conversation starters for them at school.
6. Explore discounts on back-to-school supplies
Back-to-school season is a great time to look out for deals on school items. Check out our Back To School page now and save on select stationery supplies.
7. Use a calendar to keep track of upcoming school activities and exams
Marking important school dates and events on a common calendar at home in a family area, like the kitchen or living room, helps keep everyone on track with plans and informed about one another’s lives.
8. Build a habit of talking about school
Setting aside a specific time every day to chat about what happened in school and answer your kids’ questions about anything they may want to discuss is a good bonding opportunity, and shows them that you’re interested in what’s happening in their lives—which in turn boosts their mental wellbeing.
Talking about your child’s favourite subjects, activities or friends is also a great way for parents to learn more about their children.
Hopefully, these tips help give you a seamless back-to-school experience for you and your child.
Remember, Amazon is a one-stop destination to shop for school supplies that not only cater to your needs, but make the back-to-school experience fun and enjoyable.