Going Back to School – The Ultimate Checklist

Get ready for the chaos of going back to school with UndertheChristmasTree’s back to school ultimate checklist!

Just as the sunny days arrive, it won’t be long until parents have to think about getting their child ready for back to school.

Even though you may have had some long days or even weeks you will be surprised just how quick the children going back to school can come upon you.

Below is our handy checklist for getting the kids and you ready for back to school:

It’s all about the clothes
The first thought on most minds is uniform!

Before heading to the shops, get your child to try on the clothes they haven’t worn, if they no longer fit then set them aside to donate to a charity shop or give to a friend whose child it may fit.

Hitting the shops with children in tow can be a little bit of a hassle, however, if you let them help pick out their outfit the day may go a little better.

With the sales being on, why not go now and spread the cost of buying their uniform or even try for offers such as 3 for 2.

George at Asda right now are offering kids school uniforms for both boys and girls from £2 and with a 100 day satisfaction guarantee (as long as you keep the receipt) this is one of the way you can save: Click Here & find out how you can save at Asda.

Below is a selection of clothes you might need:

  • Cardigans & Jumpers
  • Coats And Jackets – as winter sets in it will be chilly!
  • Pinafores & Gingham Dresses
  • Polo Shirts
  • Shirts and Blouses
  • Shoes
  • Skirts
  • Sportswear
  • Sweatshirts
  • Trousers & Shorts
  • Underwear & Socks

Getting the right accessories.
Paper, folders, netbooks, pen, pencils…the list is ongoing, but ensuring you have everything your child needs for classes is very important.

Getting your child to help with picking out fun and colourful supplies will help create some excitement for heading back to school.

You can now buy folders and a wide range of stationery which have some of their favourite TV characters on them.

If you are trying to keep the spending down, buying unbranded will help cut costs.

Here is a checklist of some of the school accessories you may need:

  • Paper
  • Folder
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Rubbers
  • Calculator
  • Pencil case
  • Rulers, Math sets

Tip: Make sure and buy more than one as pens and pencils always get lost and break, this will help you to be prepared when they do!

Get those lunches ready!
This will really benefit Mum and Dad more than the children, but getting a food list written up for each day’s lunch really will help when you go and do your big shop.

Not only can you plan out each days lunches and tick off what you have bought but you won’t end up buying those little extra thing that will mount up the price.

Preparing the lunches the night before can take the stress off an early start in the morning.

Keep your little one busy by getting them to help you by picking out what they would like on each day.

Below are a few lunch box ideas which are not only healthy and full of nutrition but will keep your little ones tummy full:

  • Sandwich fillers – Wafer thin meat using cooked Turkey/chicken breast and other meats with wholemeal, granary, white bread or even a roll. You can always add some filling such as lettuce and tomatoes. Vegetarian lunch boxes could swap the meat for grated cheese, cheese spread, cream cheese, Quorn slices and eggs.
  • Getting their five-a-day – Fruit pots or bags of dried fruit, whole fruits such as satsumas, apples and pears. Fruit jelly which is filled with fruit chunks and Salad pots.
  • Treats – Yogurt, Cold rice pudding or custard, small cubes of cheese, boiled eggs are a great snack.
  • Savory Snacks – A small packet of crips, mini sausage roll and biscuits.
  • Drink – try and keep away from high sugary juices so go for flavoured water, milk, milkshakes or even well diluted high-juice squash.

Get a calendar
Do you, like every parent,  forget things from time to time such as P.E day or a school event day?

Easily solve this problem by investing in a small calendar so when events and dedicated days arrive you can write these down for example: Thursday 9th August – John has P.E this will help you arrange what your child will need the night before.

Get ready at bedtime
Right before bedtime have a small checklist of what is needed for the next day and get it all ready that night!

Last but by no means least – Set the Alarm!!
As the kids have been off you may have been able to sleep in a little extra and the same with the kid,s so its time to get those alarms ready for an early start the next day – We don’t want to be getting lines from the teacher for being late!

We hope this back to school ultimate check list has helped you dot the i’s and cross the t’s, plus if you start now you can have all of this ready in no time.

Preparation is the key to making going back to school 2012 stress-free.

Have we missed anything off the ultimate checklist? If so you can comment below and let other parents know your ideas and how you prepare!

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