Get The Lunch Boxes Ready, School Is Almost In Session!

The time has come where those three words all children dread fill up every shop window, back to school. It’s a time when children get their last summer hoorah’s in and pick out their new clothes for the beginning of yet another year of school. It’s also a time when the heat begins to die down and the crisp breeze of fall passes through where stale hot air once resided. Getting your child ready for their trip to the classroom means getting some essentials. Here are a few things that will help when switching out of your summer gears and into school mode:

  • Stationary–  Some schools offer paper and pencils, but to ensure that your child is prepared for whatever their class might need, a good old fashioned notebook with an array of writing tools will be sure to help jumpstart their learning experience. A binder to keep folders and loose leaf paper will help to keep them organized, and letting them pick out the color or design offers them the ability to create something of their own.
  • Backpacks- Book bags are a school staple and are essential in helping your child carry around their books and bagged lunches. Some newer models have wheels on the bottom so the heavy load of reading materials don’t weigh down your youngster.
  • School Clothes/School uniforms- Not all schools require that your student wears a uniform but if your child does attend a school where they need a uniform, be sure to buy these materials before school actually starts. Checking thrift stores and consignment shops may help you to find solid color polo shirts and dress pants or skirts for your child. When buying your child back to school clothes, keep your eye on the price. Most retail stores run good bargains in the summer for school clothes, and even better bargains for summer clothes. Remember that the beginning months of the school year can still be hot, so appropriate lengths and cuts are things to consider when shopping in the markdown bin for summer clothes that your child will still get wear out of.
  • Lunch boxes– Investing in a lunch box will help cut down the cost of brown bagging lunches and letting your child choose their lunch box lets them feel involved, and dare we say excited about the new school year! Using a brown bag is still not a bad option to take, and depending on the age of your child, jazzing these bags up with stickers or drawings can get the same effect.

Public and Private schools still have a few weeks left until they begin, so take these last few summer opportunities to do something with your children. Pretty soon their schedules will be filled with practices and homework, so try getting one last family fun activity in before the school year starts.

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