When my daughter was starting JK I was on the hunt for all of the best tools and resources I should have on hand. I knew what it was to be a teacher, and I knew what I wanted kids to come to school with. But, as a parent, this was a whole new world. After some thought and research, I collected what I now call my school survival list for parents.
I’m smitten over my recent waterproof labels find! If you have elementary-aged children and want to label their water bottles or containers you need these labels. I personally used the Emily Press Labels, which are super easy to apply and actually look great. They are BPA free, and dishwasher safe. I’ve washed mine multiple times already, and they still look brand new. It’s not too late to get your own labels, they’re eligible for prime on Amazon!
The Right Backpack
My daughter was only heading to JK this year, so I didn’t want to overwhelm her with a huge backpack. Alternatively, I didn’t want to get her a backpack that was so small, she would end up carrying some of her supplies in her hand. With that in mind, Pottery Barn literally has the perfect bags! They actually let you choose the size of the bag, ranging from pre-K to rolling. Not only do they have many designs to choose from, they are elegant while still appealing to kids. They offer personalization either by adding a name, monogram or character patch.
Containers They Can Open
Pretty obvious right? I actually went to the store and purchased a variety of different container styles. My daughter struggled to open some of them, until we found the perfect ones. We went with the Rubbermaid LunchBlox Leak Proof containers, they are available on amazon here. They were the easiest for her to snap open and to close. I love that they fit nicely into a standard lunch bag, are BPA free and also come in blue. I had received a lot of advice to get the Yumbox, but I found it to be overpriced, with smaller compartments then I had imagined. Overall, my advice to you is: have your kids try out different containers and choose the one they are most comfortable with…return the rest :).
Ok so, I know this is a bit paranoid of me… but, I would rather be safe 100 times over then sorry when it comes to lice. It’s no secret that schools and classrooms have lice breakouts from time to time. I want to make sure my daughter and her hair are on the preventative side of this issue. If you’re with me, check out this amazing conditioner called Mill Creek Tea Tree conditioner. After one use, my daughter’s hair was silkier and so much easier to brush through (there were literally no tangles). I’ve also paired that with Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel spray. It has such an invigorating and refreshing smell, which is the perfect pick-me-up in the morning. The best part is that these are both conditioners, so they work well for unruly hair.
A Command Center
This is so important for living a more organized school life. We have multiple command centers in our house, and all are a work in progress. But, whatever functionality they are serving right now, is so essential to our routines.
A calendar station:
An In/Out the Door station:
This is where we keep all of essential items that we need to either grab on our way out, or unload on our way in. This helps ensure everything has a spot in a convenient location. Choose something that works for your family. We have low hooks for our daughter to hang her jackets and sweaters, a bin for umbrellas and backpacks and a shoe bench to hold multiple pairs of shoes (depending on the weather). Soon we’ll be adding a dresser table to hold gloves, hats, scarves, etc.
There you have it: my school survival list for parents. What’s your most essential item for school success?