This is a sponsored post for Officeworks
You know how it goes: the Christmas products have barely left the shelves, and the hot cross buns are in their place. It seems we barely get through one set of holidays before the next is upon us.
Now whilst most are up in arms about the early presence of spiced buns, or wondering just how many ‘I Love Australia’ T-Shirts you can own, I’m sitting here gleefully rejoicing about another type of event.
The Back To School Sale.
I seriously love doing this kind of shopping. Even when it means I’m parting with hundreds of dollars on shoes and uniforms, it fills me with joy. The January back to school sales take me back to when I was a little girl, super excited about school going back (yes I was that child), and begging mum to take me stationary shopping.
Stationary shopping: seriously, how good is it?
Even now, I love it, although I have no real reason to do it. I may need to enrol in some kind of course just so I can justify the purchase of notebooks and highlighters. 😉
But I digress.
With the return of school just around the corner, the lovely guys at Office Works have asked me to share my top tips at getting the kids all ready for the return. And lucky for them, I’m excited about it, and more than willing to help. 🙂
Tip Number One: Early nights are still good. Even in the holidays.
I had a friend a few years ago who always found her kids struggled with school going back because of all the delayed bed times in the holidays. Whilst the odd night here or there for sleepovers, or camping or even family movie nights is great, and creates all kinds of childhood memories, I’m a big believer in keeping bed times as similar to the term as you can. Holiday time is a great time to refresh, and over-tired kids don’t tend to do that very well. Plus the six-week break is more than enough time to train body clocks to sleep later, and that can be hard to break come term time.
Tip Number Two: Don’t go overboard with holiday learning.
It’s especially tempting with little ones, who you worry will lose all their reading skills over the break, but try not to do it. Yes they may have forgotten somethings, but they pick it up again super quick, and the break does them good. Besides kids are natural learners. My little mate has only read about three actual books over the last four weeks, but he’s always reading signs and notices and writing stories. That’s still education, just not as formalised.
And speaking of non formalised, fun education, check out the Growing Minds App from Officeworks. Mathematics Dodgeball is a favourite here. 🙂
Tip Number Three: If you can’t resist doing something educational, buy a notepad.
Seriously my kids get so much joy from having a notepad of their very own. It leads to stories being written and pictures being drawn, and new games rules being scribbled down. Plus it gives them something to go back to when in that first week of school the all important “what did you do in the holidays?” question is asked.
Tip Number Four: Have a bake up.
I’m notorious for deciding every term that I will bake an abundance of homemade treats for school lunch boxes, and then give up at about week three. I still say that anything home-made is better, so you might as well start right. Get the kids involved and when they see the homemade deliciousness, it helps build excitement about going back to school. If only to get that homemade muffin they’ve been begging for.
Tip Number Five: Have a pre-school shopping day.
Dedicate a day or a morning to buying school supplies. Whether it’s new uniforms or shoes or the fun stuff like pencils and pencil cases. In my experience kids love it when you buy stuff for them, so this tends to encourage even the most school resistant to at least have their interest piqued. We may have bought an entire range of Frozen products just the other day to help one little girl get excited about Kindy.
And if you’re the kind who for some strange reason doesn’t want to do that shopping yourself, you can always take advantage of Officeworks’ School List Service, where they will literally do it for you, and you just get presents at the end. (For you or the kids 😉 )
Unfortunately for some, the reality of back to school shopping is not a possibility, due to a lack of funds. Children from disadvantaged families are less likely to finish their high school certificate, than those who for whom buying stationery is a matter of ‘which one shall I choose?’ The Smith Family’s Back to School appeal, together with Officeworks, is seeking to make basic school supplies available to all children in order to assist them with better educational possibilities.
“Last year, The Officeworks Back to School Appeal, in conjunction with the Glebe community, helped raise $80,000 worth of school supplies for The Smith Family – a number we hope to exceed this year. It’s empowering to know we can all contribute to help children in need achieve success in their studies.”
Donations are able to be made in store and online to help those struggling this year.
Let’s face it: everyone deserves access to new stationary.
So tell me? Are you a stationary nerd like me?
Are you excited about back to school?