Summer is over and its time to get everyone organised for the school year ahead. Some children will be skipping to school but others require a little extra motivation to put a spring in their step. We’ve figured out just how to do that; let them choose for themselves and add a special treat to top off the basics.
Here's how we do it...
1. Start at home
The transition from a laid-back holiday vibe to a productive school mentality often takes more than just dropping the kids off at school. The shift has to start at home, so create study nooks to facilitate the growth of an eager young mind. Start with a minimalist desk and seater, a colourful desk lamp and a pencil holder. This combination will serve as the perfect basic backdrop for learning. If you want to expand their study nook, fill the desk with necessary stationery supplies and add an area rug, a seat cushion and prints to complete the space.
2. Add some fun
If there is one essential ingredient, it is fun! Consider your child’s interests when shopping for supplies. Lunchtime can go from boring to inspired with the right lunchbox and colourful bookmarks and staplers can bring some play into mundane tasks. Whether big or small, choose items that are rich in colour, interesting and most important, practical.
3. Get organised
Children are notorious for being disorganised and easily distracted. Help them to focus on one specific task by ensuring that their learning space is organised. To understand why this is important, consider how you feel when your home is a mess versus when it is tidy! A neatly organised area is much more conducive to learning. This goes for their accessories as well, so choose a backpack with sufficient partitions and space for books and nifty stationery.
4. Lighten the load
Comfort is crucial when you’re out and about for a long day, so when choosing backpacks make sure they are made well and won’t hurt small shoulders. Kids are not always great at keeping their belongings safe so to make it easier for them, ensure that everything is clearly marked with their names. They also carry items of great value so teach them to stow everything in their backpack after use. Leather iPad covers and stationary bags are perfect for avoiding scratches and damage.
5. Treat yourself
Once you have catered to the kids’ needs, why not treat yourself to an inspiring back-to-school package? You deserve a little motivational boost too! Brass-plated metal scissors and a stylish MacBook cover are both beautiful and practical. And if you’re constantly on the run get an inspirational water bottle or travel mug to keep you hydrated while on the go.