Preparing for the new school year EARLY!

The new school year can be a stressful time for both children and parents alike. However, if you prepare, there’s no reason why 2018 shouldn’t run to plan. Follow these tips:

Routine

It will come as no surprise that structure and routine are paramount to success. Unfortunately, the Summer holidays are one of the easiest ways to break routine. As such, ensure that your child gets back to a healthy sleep schedule in the lead up to the start of a new school year.

 Try and get your kids involved in planning the year ahead. Create a calendar the family has access to and record any classes, practice days or performances they may have. The routine should include a set time for homework and study. A proper schedule will allow them to stay organised and accountable.

 You may also want to take this opportunity to set goals with your child. Identify which academic areas they need to improve on, if they’re older, you should ask them directly. Once you set tangible goals, check their progress throughout the school term.

 Organise

Start the new school year with a clean slate. Aim to have a designated area for homework and study. If there is a desk in your child’s room or a home office, make sure it is clutter free in time for the start of term. The less mess your child has to deal with, the more they can focus.

 Budget

No plan will run smoothly without proper budgeting. If your child is going to participate in any extracurricular activities, you should have a clear idea how much this will cost you. Write down the schedule of fees, what uniform or equipment will be needed and of course, the cost of textbooks and stationery.

 Get the kids involved

Of course, you will most likely have to shop for school supplies. Take the opportunity to teach them how to spend responsibly and know the value of money. If your child is old enough, let them pay for their supplies and learn the importance of budgeting and compromise.

 Don’t buy new

There are a number of ways you can save when it comes time to shopping for school. Where possible, buy second-hand textbooks and if you can, recycle school uniforms from previous years or see if you can buy second-hand school uniforms.

 Meal prep

This is a great way to plan school lunches for the week ahead as you can do most of the work on the weekend.

 There are a number of meals you can prepare ahead of time such as snack packs with dried fruit and nuts. These treats won’t break the bank, especially if you buy the ingredients in bulk online.

 The same applies to meat. If you keep your eye out for specials at your local supermarket you may be able to buy a few kilos of chicken breast or thigh meat and freeze it. Cooked chicken is versatile and can be used in a variety of sandwiches or wraps throughout the week. Tuna and pasta are other inexpensive and nutritious meals you can prepare in no time.

So there you have it. The beginning of the school term doesn’t have to be the stressful, expensive task you expect to be if you are willing to plan ahead and budget accordingly. 

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