Checklist

Weston Favell has your Back to school essentials sorted. With great stores such as Tesco, Wilko and Poundland we are sure you can pack your school bag with us.

    Pencil Case

    Pens

    School Bag

    Lunch bag

    Purse/Wallet

    Notebook

    Planner

    Tissues

    Water bottle

    Highlighters

Get your School uniform

Still need to get the kids kitted out? Why not take a peak in Tesco and Shoe Zone to get the complete uniform!


Tesco has a great range of back to school clothes - Check them out HERE

Needing school shoes? Take a peek at Shoe Zone HERE

Lunch Box Ideas

Struggling with lunch box ideas? Why not try some of these?

Spiced Pear Crisps

These delicious spiced pear crisps are the perfect healthy snack recipe, and best of all they couldn't be easier to make. All you need is two ingredients and you can whip up this tasty snack for the whole family can enjoy.
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Ham Sushi

Fussy eaters will love this fun twist on a sandwich and these ham 'sushi' make perfect lunchbox snacks. Instead of ham and cucumber, why not try cheese and celery?
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Jaffa Traybake

With layers of soft sponge, zesty orange and grapefruit jelly and a dairy-free chocolate topping, this quick and easy baking recipe makes the perfect low-fat snack or sweet treat.
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Hints and tips for parents

Starting the new school year can be a time of great excitement… and anxiety. Help calm your child’s fears (and your own) with these teacher-approved tips.

Meet the new teacher.
For kids, one of the biggest back-to-school fears is “Will I like my new teacher?” Breaking the ice early on is one of the best ways to calm everyone’s fears. Take advantage of your school’s open house or back-to-school night. Some teachers welcome phone calls or e-mails — another great opportunity to get to know each other before the year begins.

If personal contact with the teacher isn’t possible, try locating the teacher’s picture on a school website or in a yearbook, so your child can put a name with a face. If your child’s teacher sends a welcome letter, be sure to read the letter together.

Tour the school.
If your school hosts an open house, be sure to go. Familiarizing your child with their environment will help them avoid a nervous stomach on the first day. Together you can meet their teacher, find their desk, or explore the playground.

With an older child, you might ask them to give you a tour of the school. This will help refresh their memory and yours.

Connect with friends.
A familiar friend can make all the difference when heading back to school. You might try calling parents from last year’s class and finding out which children are in your child’s class this year. Refresh these relationships before school starts by scheduling a play date or a school carpool.

Tool up.
Obtain the class supply list and take a special shopping trip with your child. Having the right tools will help them feel prepared. While keeping basic needs in mind, allow for a couple of splurges like a cool notebook or a favorite-colored pen. These simple pleasures make going back to school a lot more fun.

School supply lists also provide great insight into the schoolwork ahead. Get your child excited about upcoming projects by explaining how new supplies might be used. Let them practice using supplies that their not used before — such as colored pencils or a protractor — so they will be comfortable using them in class.

Avoid last-minute drilling.
When it’s almost time to stop playing, give a five-minute warning. Giving clear messages to your child is very important.

Chat about today’s events and tomorrow’s plans.
While it is important to support learning throughout the summer, don’t spend the last weeks of summer vacation reviewing last year’s curriculum. All kids need some down time before the rigors of school begin. For some kids, last-minute drills can heighten anxiety, reminding them of what they’ve forgotten instead of what they remember.

Ease into the routine.
Switching from a summer to a school schedule can be stressful to everyone in the household. Avoid first-day-of-school mayhem by practicing your routine a few days in advance. Set the alarm clock, go through your morning rituals, and get in the car or to the bus stop on time. Routines help children feel comfortable, and establishing a solid school routine will make the first day of school go much smoother.

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