Back to School

Going from the laid back attitude of summer back to a structured fall schedule isn’t easy for anyone, but with a few tricks you and your crew can go back to class organized.

“This is a great time of year for us because not only is everyone shopping for back to school, but we get to help the community and all different kinds of people get ready for whatever they need,” said Store Team Leader at Target, Doug Zumdahl.

When shopping for those school supplies, local mom and organizer, Ann Marie Gunther recommends organizing your child’s supplies by color.

“You just want things easy peasy getting things done. Green notebook green folder, label it ‘Science’ and after awhile they will know green is for science and make sure everything that needs to get home gets home. There is nothing worse than having the wrong paper in the wrong folder,” said Gunther.

Many stores help with supply shopping by providing lists for local school districts.

“We try to print them for all the local schools and in addition we are stocked with all the supplies for them too,” said Zumdahl.

Once the supplies are bought and class is in session it’s only a matter of time until homework is assigned.

But be careful not to bombard your student when they get home.

“It is very important for kids to have time to unwind so I give them about 15 minutes to relax, have a snack and do whatever they want, then it’s time for homework. They need a homework station; the best is to have a table or desk. I use my dining room table, so I have school supplies there, trays and that’s where they can go,” said Gunther.

One last tip – have your student pick out their outfit for the next school day the night before, that way your morning runs smoothly.

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