4 Essentials to Your Child’s Back-to-School Kit

A back-to-school kit is quintessential to your child’s rebound back into school life.

As young kids face the blues of making the transition from laid back vacations to routine academics, they need to be equipped with all the help they can get. Parents, on the other hand, have a separate challenge. This involves preparing their ward’s mindset alongside adapting to the change in their routine.

This is when having a prepped back to school kit comes in handy. A back to school kit is essentially a staple set of materials and mindsets that will be put to use immediately as the student gets out of the break and into school. Suggestions to hit the bull’s eye with the back to school kit are as following:

Essentials to the back-to-school Kit

1. Stock up on school supplies

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The visual of freshly purchased notebooks, tightly wrapped in a brown sheet and labeled still spells out ‘Back-to-School’ to me!

Supplies entail all the stationery and knick-knacks that a student will require at school. These ensure that the student has no logistical hindrances in the beginning days. A way to up the excitement to get back to the routine could also be to accessorize supplies by themes, like the solar system, or seek out such design inspirations.

2. Revisit the Vacation

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It is always a good idea to have a roundup of how your kid spent their time in the break.

Assessing the activities’ they took part in, the hobbies that held a major chunk of their time, and the changes in their interests will help you, as a parent, approach the academic year better. You will know which extracurricular activity to sign them up for (which could also ease the vacation-lag). It will also help in identifying the areas of concern with the child’s lifestyle and attitude towards learning.

3. Stress on curiosity

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The most important weapon in any young learner’s arsenal, is the inquisitive attitude towards anything they learn.

As Walt Disney, famously said, “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

The initial days of an academic term are synonymous with lesser workload. This could be the right time to tap into your child’s will to learn and explore, thus setting stage for all the lessons that the curriculum will being them.

The TACtivities provided at ThinkTac are an ideal way of ensuring the same. They introduce new and engaging concepts in a manner that doesn’t compromise on the fun aspect of learning. It also employs the tactile and experiential learning experiences for your kid.

4. Play-time and down hours

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There was definitely one hard obstacle that I faced getting back to school every term. This was losing all my idle time to play and do the things that restored my energy. Be it- reading, watching television or socializing with friends.

Recreation is an indelible part of growing up. And, in the transformative time of getting back to school, kids tend to find a need for it more than ever. They feel the temptation to extend their designated play hours and engage in un-academic interests.

As parents, it is important to be mindful of the fact that the transition is always hard. This is an apt time to cut some slack for the children and allow them to dwell in their mirth till the demands of academic life pick up.

No back to school kit will ever be complete without some implied considerations- A healthy breakfast, a positive outlook, and a good night’s sleep. Ensure that your kids leave their anxiety and fears at home and march on to conquer another year of school.

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Homeschooling Vs.Traditional schooling: Considered homeschooling your kids?

Homeschooling

Author – Shriya Agarwal

Being a less-known and an even less-practiced concept, I would love to share an experience with you about homeschooling; a road less traveled by!

“There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.”

Gandhi

In the middle of the room was a bed where my younger friend was sitting and reading a book which was as heavy as him. I couldn’t help but wonder how much he was understanding from what he was reading. That was the first time I realized that:

One of my mother’s friend has two kids, a son, and a daughter. The first time I visited their house was at their son’s birthday party many years ago. The next time I went there my aunt showed me a room full of books. It was no less than a one-room library.

Learning has less to do with a person’s age and more to do with the person himself.

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The series of visits kept happening over the years. Every time I visited them I found myself picking up books from their one-room library and skimming through them. And everytime they would visit us, they’d get books for me and my siblings.

They would also often take me along to the museums and libraries they visited. During such one-day trips, we would share our hobbies, experiences, and thoughts and would get to terms with the way we were learning the same things in different settings and manners. My aunt would often appreciate my parents for raising us with diverse interests and skills that were being nourished by both my parents’ efforts and school activities.

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A few years later, I remember giving my board exams when my younger friend was appearing for some college-entrance exams, in which he excelled. The second realization happened that day. I  discerned that:

What we do in life does not need to be a part of a system that works in ways that are pre-defined; there is always some scope to customize.

In my first year of college I happened to visit one of the IITs as part of the music society; the same college where my younger friend had already completed three years of graduation. Seeing the outcome of homeschooling I definitely agreed that if done right, homeschooling can do wonders for a child’s mind.

On one hand, I saw him indulging mostly in academic activities and excelling at them. While on the other hand saw myself performing decently at both academics and hobbies. This got me wondering if my friend was constantly performing under pressure to prove himself and making the most of being homeschooled.

His younger sister’s learning process was similar to mine. Except that she would only go to the school she was enrolled in to give exams. How amazing was that?

Homeschooling children comes with great responsibility. If you’re planning to homeschool your child you might want to take a look at the points below.

  1. Homeschooling requires personal attention and monitoring by at least one of the parents. Proper planning and execution would be important to remain on track.
  2. At some point, you would need to hire home-tutors and would have to choose them wisely depending on their knowledge, teaching skills, and ability to connect.
  3. Getting your kid/kids to socialize with kids of their age would be as necessary for their development as keeping yourself updated with what their peers are learning.
  4. In the process of homeschooling, you will have to find ways to teach them to live away from you and think independently.
  5. To ensure their life doesn’t get boring, learning outside of the four walls would be essential. You might want to find ways to provide the needed exposure.
  6. Counseling may be an integral part to enable them to feel confident about your choice of homeschooling and not feel like they’re missing out on something
  7. Lastly, prepare your child for the world by educating him/her about cultural differences, society, and the realities of the world.

And yes, while you are at homeschooling your child, you can use the wide product range offered by ThinkTac. They enable experiential learning of science concepts to simplify and make science fun for your kid!

“We can get too easily bogged down in the academic part of homeschooling, a relatively minor part of the whole, which is to raise competent, caring, literate, happy people.” ―

Diane Flynn Keith
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