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How to Get Ready for Back to School

Back to school might feel a little different when September rolls around. Whether students are learning in class or at home, you can still prepare for the new season. Even if you’re not hitting the books come September, back to school season is the perfect time for a post Labour Day routine refresh. From helping your kids stock up on school supplies to revamping your home office space, here’s how to plan for back to school.

Plan Litterless Lunches

Go zero waste whether you’re packing school lunches or having physical distance park picnics. Ditch single-use plastic baggies in favour of reusable Stasher bags. These silicone bags have a convenient snap top and come in an array of sizes and colours. Look for silicone or glass containers that double as dishes (such as the stylish W&P collection) and bento boxes to keep the components of delicious lunches separate. Stash all your lunchtime goodies in a stylish or patterned lunch bag, lunchbox, or tote—and don’t forget to bring along a stainless steel or insulated water bottle to stay hydrated.

Pick out a Backpack

Few things say back to school quite like a brand-new backpack. For kids, look to brands like eco-friendly Parkland (its bags are made with plastic water bottles), colourful Crocodile Creek, or Skip Hop for those in pre-K. Teens and adults can carry their books, laptops, and more in style with the timeless, yet on trend Fjallraven Kanken backpack, as well as an assortment of campus cool and office chic options, such as Jansport backpacks, a Herschel Supply Co. bag, and Matt and Nat’s vegan leather products.

Stock up on School Supplies

Even though shopping for school supplies signaled the end of summer, it was always so much fun to pick out new and shiny classroom tools. Amp up those September vibes by helping your kids fill their pencil cases and backpacks with back to school supplies as unique as they are—we’re talking next-level notebooks, pencils stamped with fun phrases, glitter pens, and so much more. You can also use this opportunity to stock up your home office and bring that back to school feeling into your workspace.

Update their Book List

If your little ones are attending school virtually, pick up some workbooks, including French immersion resources, to help keep them on track. Add some new titles to their bookshelves as you raise a reader. Whether they’re reading for pleasure or for class, find teacher-approved kid’s books for students of all ages, from pre-K to high school. And for those starting fresh this September, pick up children’s books with a back to school theme to help get them ready for their first day.

Refresh Your Routine

Use the back to school season as an opportunity to check-in with yourself and recalibrate for a fresh start to fall. As you continue to stay close to home, thing about what you want to accomplish before the end of the year. Consider staying on schedule with a 2020 agenda or calendar, organizing your desk or entire home (if you’re feeling ambitious), owning your finances, or learning more about an important issue through books that inspire change. Education is a lifelong journey, so make the most of the back to school season at home.