Back 2 School!

As Staples says “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”  Is it really though?  There is so much going on at this time, it’s easy to miss something.  With school registration, and extracurricular activities, back to school shopping and the worry of packed lunches we thought we would try and help with a few back to school tips.

School Supply Shopping List:

  • Glue Sticks 3-4 for the year
  • 4oz bottle of glue
  • Scissors
  • Water based markers and pencil crayons
  • Pens and No.2 Pencils
  • Sharpeners
  • Large pink eraser
  • Highlighters for 2nd grade or higher
  • Notebooks
  • 3 Ring binder
  • Pocket Folders – 2 Label one for “Keep at Home” and the other “Bring to School” so they can keep their papers organized.
  • Scotch tape
  • Stapler
  • Ruler with inches and centimeters
  • Backpack
  • Pencil Case
  • Lunchbox

For Older Students:

  • Calendar for scheduling assignments
  • Combination lock or two
  • Binder dividers
  • Red-ink pens
  • Index Cards and
  • A Scientific Calculator

Now that you’ve got the shopping done, let’s talk about lunches. Sometimes, it’s hard to stay on a budget while still offering something healthy and easy.  Well, packing a homemade lunch for your kids (and even yourself) will save you money and you will know exactly what they are getting.  Remember to keep it nut/peanut free!! Planning meals and using leftovers creatively can also help you save time.

Snack Ideas:

  • Fruit Salad
  • Nut Free Granola Bars
  • Yogurt
  • Homemade Trail Mix – With no nuts: Cheerios, Gold Fish Crackers, Raisins, Cranberries, Pumpkin Seeds and Wheat Puffs.
  • Cheese and Crackers
  • Hummus and Pita Flatbread
  • Veggies and dip or Salsa

Lunch Ideas:

  • Turkey, Brie and Apple Sandwiches
  • TunaSandwichon Whole Grain
  • Apple,Turkeyand Cheddar Grillers
  • Pasta or Bean Salads
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Chicken Finger Cesar Wraps
  • Quinoa or Couscous Salads

With all this healthy food, your kids will have lots of energy for learning and activities.

When it comes to activities we suggest not over scheduling your children.  Make sure they have time to relax and play. Doing this will also help you have some time to relax before Moms/Dads taxi needs to make another run.  Depending on how many children you have, try to keep it to two activities a season.

You may want to try mixing a sport and a creative activity such as:

  • Swimming and Cooking Class
  • Skating and Drama
  • Gymnastics and Art Class
  • Hockey and Chess Club
  • Karate and Book Club
  • Badminton and Dance

This will be sure to keep them physically and mentally fit!

Setting up a calendar using a different colour highlighter for each family member helps with organizing and planning.  Delegate a task or duty to each family member that is their responsibility alone. This will help relieve the stress on your self and teach the kids how their actions effect others. Remember that it is all about learning and having fun!