*This post is brought to you by Officeworks
There’s about two weeks before the new school year starts and while I have been enjoying some “down time” (it really isn’t much of a downtime when you’re at home with them is it?), with the kids, I can’t say I’m not looking forward to having some form of routine and normalcy back into my life.
Miss almost 13 will be in Year 8 this year and having started her holidays a week earlier than her siblings, I can say it’ll be a lot harder for her to get out of her “holiday mode” and right into the regular school routine once again. This is why it’s crucial for both of our sanities, to have her back into the regular routine BEFORE the new school year begins.
Having done this a few times, I’m sure you’ve got that word “routine” drummed into you enough to know that kids thrive on routine. It gives them some form of structure to adhere to and therefore get used to – much like us adults really.
With the holidays in full force, the kids’ bedtime routine – from reading before they sleep, to the actual bedtime and waking up times – have gone out the window completely. They go to bed later, which leads them to waking up later AND changing the times they have their meals too. It’s fun during the holidays to just chill out, but as we near the new school year, I say it’s time to whip everything back into shape, to help prepare their growing minds for the inevitable.
The games include Dodgeball where you have to quickly solve some mathematical problems to win the game, Science and Locked Out; for solving some pattern puzzles. The games are designed for students from prep to year 12 and intuitively increases difficulty based on their performance. P.S: They’re free!
With so many competitive prices out there, Officeworks have introduced their “Parents’ Price Promise” where they would beat 20% off an identical stocked item on a quoted school list (terms apply). How cool is that?
Although, having looked at the supplier’s list and the items from Officeworks, I’d have to say, the prices at Officeworks are already cheaper. So you know where I’ve bought a few things from. The best thing is, I could do it from the comfort of my own home, through their “Click and Collect” service. Unlike the school supplier service, I don’t even have to pay any extra fees to have them pack the items! Amongst the numerous items I’ve bought is the SanDisk 8GB USB Flash Drive for only $4.77 and the Studymate A4 Visual Art Diary for $3.88.
In January and February, Officeworks are raising funds for The Smith Family, supporting disadvantaged Australian children for a chance to participate fully in education, to help give them the best chance at breaking the cycle of poverty. You can help by purchasing a stationery shaped donation cards, which come in $2, $5, $10 and $20, write your name on the tag and sticking it on the front window of the store.
Remember how we said Christmas is for caring and sharing? Why not encourage your kids to donate too? It doesn’t have to stop just at Christmas.
With some of these back-to-school tips, what tips have you got to get things rolling back into the new school year?