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Three ways to prepare for the first day of term

Here are some ideas to get you started for the first day of school

By Karina Sharma
13 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
  • Back to school routine.

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Make a launch pad

To limit the morning madness, organisation expert Cynthia Ewer advises a single place for all out-the-door essentials. Put lunch bags, books, keys etc in boxes colour-coded for each family member, for a smoother exit.

Turn off the TV

The week before school starts, the National Association of School Psychologists encourages replacing TV with quiet games, puzzles, and reading activities to prepare your child for that early-morning learning again.

On the wall

Picking one spot in the home for a calendar to keep track of all events and activities for the whole family will help to limit scheduling conflicts. Try whiteboard or chalkboard calendars so it’s easy to make changes.

By Karina Sharma

By Karina Sharma