Parents everywhere are sending their children through the gauntlet of final school preparations. Haircuts, doctor appointments, physicals and medical forms, new outfits procured, backpacks, sneakers, and every other check mark off the to do list that can possibly be accomplished. And of course, along with all of the other back to school tasks comes the dreaded school supply list. It can all be maddening, especially if you have more than one child and they attend different schools. The good news is that you can organize this chaos and custom labels are here to help you do it!
Even though the dog days of summer are currently upon us – that means back to school time is not far behind. It’s a bittersweet time of year; joy at getting some free time back as the kids are occupied all day, sadness that summer is ending and another year has passed, babies growing up. Getting organized for the upcoming school year can be a fun activity that you do together with your kids. Here’s how to use our custom labels in the process:
You follow the school supply list to the letter yet everything is still a jumble when you bring it all home. You’re trying to fit it all in the backpacks but there’s overflow and now each child has to bring in additional bag of supplies. You can simplify this process and make the first day of school a breeze for everyone. Make a label for each child with their name, grade, and teacher and put it on each item. Drop the supplies off a day or two before school starts and your child will arrive with them already at their desk. The first day of school should be about photos and friends, not “Did you pack your paper towel rolls and anti-bacterial wipes?”
Schoolbooks and notebooks
Keep a sheet of labels on hand for the first week of school as your children bring home books and workbooks. Attach a label to everything possible so that your child’s books won’t get lost.
Meal prepping for the week is on trend and definitely a healthy way to go. Many people would rather spend a few hours on Sunday cooking for the week instead of scrambling to pack the same sandwiches every morning. Kick your school lunch meal prep up a notch with labels for your cool bento containers. Color-coded labels for each child and the day of the week will make the boxes easy to grab in the morning and help your children to get themselves ready for school.
Most kids come home from school and immediately start scrounging for snacks. If you’re anything like Martha Stewart you have a tray of freshly baked cookies and milk ready to go. If you’re like the rest of us you’ve completely forgotten to go grocery shopping and there’s a half bag of beef jerky and some saltines in the pantry. Kids will start digging around and making unhealthy choices. You can simplify after-school snacks with custom labels. Keep a mason jar on the counter or in the refrigerator labeled with their name and “Snacks.” When you prepare their lunch for the day, put their snack allotment in the jar. Once they’ve finished their allowed snacks, they can only eat healthy fruits or vegetables afterwards.
School requires extra clothing and all are supposed to be labeled. Daycares and younger grades ask for an emergency extra set of clothes. Higher grades need spare gym clothes. Sports require uniforms. Put down that sharpie which will damage the clothing and use printed labels instead. Sharpies can bleed and show through but labels can be easily removed for washing.
The supply list doesn’t end with the classroom. Extra-curricular activities have their own supplies and the kids tend to pile all their stuff together at meetings or practice. Scouts have uniforms, shirts, and hats. Band and chorus have music books, instruments, and uniforms. Sports have endless gear: cleats, balls, racquets, gloves, sticks, uniforms, helmets, and more. Student council, national honor society, and other after school groups have folders and notebooks. Labels make it easy for the activity lead to locate the right owner of the items.
While you’re organizing all the back to school stuff, you’ll want to organize the back to school schedule to get your family back into a routine as smoothly as possible. Most parents are using their phone calendar or an online calendar to sync the events, but if your children are too young for phones they may feel like they are not in control of their own schedule. They will go through the week being dragged from one activity to another without knowing in advance what to expect. You can help your kids prepare for their week with a visual aid. A large printed calendar will help them track their days and labels will let them know what they are doing. If Mondays are dance class for one child and Tuesdays are soccer practice, they will get used to getting their gear together after a quick calendar check.
You can tame the chaos of back to school and make the process smooth and organized. With custom labels, your family will go to the head of the class!