Back to school season doesn’t have to be boring! It’s a perfect opportunity for little ones to express themselves and have a fresh start.
However, that doesn’t mean that you don’t need to be prepared for everything. Read on to learn about some cute outfits to wear, how to make the first day easier, traveling to and from school, and what you need to make your child’s year a success!
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Packing for the First Day
First day jitters is a real thing — we know all about it. We want to make sure your little one is ready for all that awaits them this semester, which is why we’ve put together this packing list for that first day of school.
Backpacks are a big part of a student’s educational process. They’ll use it for years and it becomes their “partner in crime” throughout the hallways. When picking a backpack, make sure you’re picking one with plenty of pockets, one that fits them well and comfortably and one that they like the design of. They’ll be wearing it all throughout the year, so make sure it’s something that they are proud of!
School supplies vary for each grade level and each school. You can usually find good school supply items either at the department store, online or at your school’s open house, but in general, here are a few good things to always be sure your little one is stocked up on:
- Black or blue pen
- Red pen
- Textbook covers
- Pencil sharpener or extra lead (for mechanical pencils)
Picking your outfits
Picking outfits for back to school season can seem like a more daunting task than it actually is. Some parents think that the new season requires an entirely new wardrobe, but that isn’t the case. All you really need to do is pick out a few new outfits that will have your kids excited for the upcoming school year.
Once you’ve purchased some new outfits, let your child pick out what they would like to wear for the first week or so. This will make them happier with their outfits and will help them to conceptualize the different days that they’ll be in school. It’s a small thing, but it can go a long way towards the confidence and enthusiasm of a child who is entering the school setting.
Don’t forget about lunch! Learning all day can work up an appetite, so make sure that you have prepared some solid lunches for your little ones. A main course item like a sandwich or a Lunchable is always a hit. Once that’s decided, then you’ll want to throw in a fruit or vegetable (or both!) so that they are getting their nutrients. Top it off with a drink (water, juice, milk, etc.) and something sweet for dessert and they’ll be good to go!
Traveling to and from school
When people are thinking of back to school tips, it can be easy for them to forget about what they’ll be doing before and after the bell rings. Here are a few things worth keeping in mind!
It’s no secret that the must-have toys for children these days often come in the form of an electronic device. Whether it’s a phone, gaming system or tablet, children are naturally drawn to these devices, which can be a problem in a school setting.
Look into your school and see what their policy is on devices. Some schools let students have devices on them so that they can use them before or after school, some schools make you keep the devices in a locker or cubby and some schools ban devices completely. Do your due diligence so you can see what your child is allowed to bring to school and then make sure they understand the rules as well.
After school care
Have you and your children discussed a plan of action for when the school day ends? This may be one of the most important things that you discuss with them, because those first few days can be overwhelming for a child. Once the bell rings, there’s a lot of commotion, and if your child doesn’t know what to do, it can be frightening for them.
Sit down with them days in advance and tell them what they’ll be doing once the bell rings. It’s even helpful to go to the school and do a practice run of what they should do at the end of the day. It’s also helpful to write down your phone number and give it to them so they can put it in their backpack in case of any emergency where they would need to contact you.
What to look for in Kids School Outfits
The first thing you’ll want to take into account when shopping for kids’ clothing is to find something comfortable. Children naturally struggle with sitting still, so getting them something comfortable will make things easier on them and their teacher. You also don’t want to purchase anything that may be too complicated for them to use, such as a belt or a plethora of accessories.
Secondly, you’ll want to be conscious of your budget. Unlike when you purchase clothes for yourself, there isn’t a lot of longevity in kids clothing. They’ll likely grow out of each outfit within a year or two, which is why you don’t necessarily want to break the bank trying to purchase an outfit for them. As they get older and grow less, this is when you want to pay more for clothing that will last on them and fit them for a few years.
Our Favorite Kids School Outfits
We’ve compiled a list of our favorite back to school outfits that are fun, comfortable and affordable — check them out!
If you’re looking for a cute outfit that screams “honor student”, then this is the one to go with. It features a sun-kissed top that’s decorated with an alphabet print fabric, along with denim shorts with fun peekaboo details. It’s made with ultra soft material for comfort and ease and the shorts even feature an adjustable waistline.
If it’s still quite hot out where you live, then you’ll love this outfit. It includes a top with short sleeves and a feminine chic neckline and includes a suede skort that features a tie waist and stretchy waistband. The outfit is made with breathable fabric that makes for cool and comfy wear, regardless of the season.
Back to school is a fun time, so let your child’s outfit match the fun! This outfit includes a short sleeve dress that adds feminine style to a casual closet, and it’s made with a soft and breathable fabric that provides comfort for all day wear. It’s also a great option for layering once the temperature starts to go down!
If your child isn’t ready to let go of summer yet, then help them out by incorporating some summer fun in their wardrobe with this outfit! This girls’ tank sleeve dress adds a summery vibe to any look.
Who doesn’t love a good dress ruffle? The ruffle on this tank sleeve dress adds a cute feminine style to the clothing, and the polka dot bodice and school print design makes for a can’t-miss look that is sure to look great for any first day of school.
With an outfit like this, dressing well for the school year is as easy as ABC! This dress features a fun alphabet print, a ruffle sleeve design and a clinch waist that adds a cute feminine flair to any look.
As a parent, you want your child entering the new school year with confidence. Confidence comes from two things: preparation and looking good. Use these back to school tips to make sure you’re prepared for the upcoming school year and check out Sparkle in Pink’s selection of back to school clothing to have your kids looking good at an affordable price!