AN ULTIMATE BACK TO SCHOOL ESSENCIALS LIST

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Back to School season is here…it approaches so fast in our calendars. I feel like ready and at the same time realize that I have so many unfinished things left. Besides, we all go in a family trip during the first week of School, so I need to be totally ready prior to our departure.

Getting Back to School ready, I feel like I have all in my head, but at the same time realize how easy I can skip some important things. A LIST! That’s why I need a List of main things with locations where did I decide to purchase them.

Our daughter joins a Senior Kindergarten this year, so it is our second year at school. Therefore, I discovered a lot, made my mistakes last year and this year ready to make things better.

Here is the MY ULTIMATE BACK TO SCHOOL LIST that perfectly works for elementary school students:

  1. Cloth

  • Don’t buy too much stuff. Make sure that you have enough of seasonal cloth for two shool weeks. That will make you safe in case some cloth will be destroyed. It is better to review in the middle of the school year what add-ons are required instead of overstocking at the beginning of it.
  • Don’t go with an expensive stuff. Be ready for hols on the knees, unwashable paint and food stains all over the place and even scissors cuts. I’ve learned my lesson in JK and now am more into buying a comfort, cute, fancy, but reasonably priced clothes.
  • Buy comfortable cloth. Kids mainly sit on the floor in a JK-SK, so all tight skirts or jeans bought by me were totally useless.  You need leggings, well stretching pants, dresses and shorts. George, Gap, Children’s Place and Zara work just well.
  • Buy cloth that your child is capable to zip-unzip, button-unbutton and put on-off himself.
  • Velcro shoes are the best school option. One pair is always kept at school.
  • Prepare seasonal spare cloth bag that will always be in your child’s class
  • Label everything
  1. Lunch Gear

Super important part. Part, where tons of questions arise. Having passed a JK stage I made my mistakes, I’ve learned my lessons in this field as well and I am telling you, there is no better lunch box that the one that has ALL IN ONE PLACE! So, I raise my both hands for Bento Boxes.

  • Lunch Box = Bento box. Because kids easily get distracted. They talk, check each other’s food, make fun during the lunch and have limited time allocated for actual eating. Having 4-5 different boxes half will remain unopened or barely touched, I promise. I was choosing my lunchbox between Planet Box and Yum box. And Yum Box is what I bought! Leak proof (meaning I can pour a veggie dip from now on), colorful (meaning kids totally love it), all in one place in 6 available sections, compact like “one stop shop.”
  • Thermos and Water Bottle. Thermos, you need daily for a warm lunch. Last year we went with the Thermos brand and are totally happy with it! Still in a perfect shape and with zero leaks. This year I added a spare one from the Pottery Barn. Our daughter loves it a lot! And it has the same pattern as her new backpack. For water bottle you need a sturdy one, because they fall on the floor a lot and often. Probably, plastic bottle is not the best solution. We also went with Thermos brand. Through the year had to renew a bottle due to a bitten straw, but thermos itself and lid were still in a good functional shape.
  • Spoons and Forks. Any style you prefer works.
  • Lunch décor and embellishments. I race my both hands for it! To me is like sending a little surprise along with the lunch box. It is like hugging my child while I am not nearby and letting her know again and again how much do I love her. Lunchbox notes are as well great companions in that.
  • Lunch Bag or lunch sleeve if you own a Yum Box
  • Snack Bag. I’ve learned that it is a way better to pack snacks into a separate snack bag. They have separate snack time during the day, so it will assure that my child, first of all has enough snack for that break and second of all did not eat a sweet snack instead of nutritious lunch packed (it can happen when lunch and snack are packed in the same place).

Have a look at Lunch Box Ideas for 5 School Days Article and detailed list of daily items.

  1. Backpack

If you are looking for a long lasting backpack for your Back to School project I, personally don’t recommend a Disney brand. The top layer with image cracked somewhere in May and I had to hot glue it in order to barely make it till the end of the year. It resulted a good research this year and I ended up with a Pottery Barn Backpack.

  • Two Pockets backpack is the best option. One for a lunch box and second one for a nighty folder (teacher-parent communication) and other stuff.
  • Choose sturdy instead of pretty if you want it to last longer. Kids drop their backpacks, spill liquids in/on it…
  • Label you child’s backpack and add home address on it as well
  1. Workbooks

There will be no homework in JK and SK, but workbooks are indeed necessary to help your child progress in math and reading/writing skills. Costco, Dollarama, Indigo Books Store and Walmart can offer a great selection of those.

There is a lot of free printables available online to stock up for another Back To School season.

In conclusion, would like to wish you all a happy and as much as possible stress free school year.

If there are any Back to School tips and tricks that perfectly work for your family, I will be happy to read them in the comments bellow. Feel free to share, as those can help other Moms to survive…lol

Hugs,

Nina

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