Another school year been and gone. Is it us, or does each year seem to go by quicker than the last? Before you know it you'll be settling into your new class, new year and maybe even a new school. With a 6 week stretch of holidays to look forward to we don't want to be the summer holiday scrooge, but getting prepared for the new school year at the start of the holidays means that you can be stress free all the way up to the first school day back (well, we hope!)! To help get you prepared in plenty of time, here are 5 ways to get prepared for the new school year!

#1. Stock Up On Stationery

Every new school year warrants the opportunity to stock up on new stationery essentials and a super cute pencil case to keep everything in, regardless to whether last years stationery is still as good as new! Our Back To School category is perfect for finding all the bits for school in one place.  Whether you need to stock up on a few essentials or do everything in one bulk order we have something for everyone's needs. Our student starter packs are ideal for school, college and university and they're the perfect choice for those who need to watch the pennies, but still want excellent quality from their school stationery. We may or may not be doing a couple of free delivery weekends too.... So if that's not the perfect opportunity to get ready for going back to school, then we don't know what is!

#2. Keep Learning

Just because it's the summer holidays, it shouldn't be a totally education free zone. It's important to keep your brain ticking over during the holidays so it's not so much of a shock to the system when you head back. There are plenty of ways to incorporate some fun educational resources into the every day holidays with magazines , online resources, days out and even role playing games. Set them their own small tasks and homework during the holidays whether it's making some sort of crafts or learning the times tables on a fun game!

#3. Sleep Schedule

Towards the end of the summer holidays, bedtime routines have gone out the window and they're more than likely going to bed a lot later than usual and waking up later too. The holidays are meant to help relax and rejuvenate them, and a different sleep schedule is completely normal and healthy for them during the holidays. Start to try and get your child back into a good sleeping routine a week to 2 weeks before they go back so their body clock has had time to readjust in time for the start of the school year.

#4. Get Organised

If you've read any of our blogs before, you'll always see us saying that organisation is the key to success, but it really is. Get yourself organised before heading back to school and everything will start to fall into place and not seem so much when you're back. Get a diary, sort out a revision or homework schedule, colour code everything and work to it! Colour coding with highlighters or stickers associates organisation with something that's not boring or dull, and you'll be more likely to stick to good organisation habits throughout the year.

#5. Review The Expectations

Before heading back to school, it's always a good idea to check the outline or curriculum for the new year to see what is coming up and whether you can do any potential preparation for it. The first week back at school can be overpowering so sussing out what is coming up will help to ease the pressure and potential workload for the year.

We hope you all have a great summer holiday and our preparation tips will help get the new school year off to the best start! For future blogs, keep an eye on the Home2Work Facebook page, Twitter and Google+ pages.

Post By Nicole Sage