Already the Summer Holidays is coming to end for us here in Wiltshire. The end of the Summer Holidays normally means one thing as a parent and it is not reaching for the gin (this occasion) it is the task of buying the Back To School Supplies.
WH Smith kindly sent us a voucher for Josie-Ann to spend on their fantastic Back To School range, and for us to show you a haul of the items we purchased. At the time of writing this post there are some fantastic offers which you should check out, as every little saving helps.
I must admit this is my favourite part of shopping for Back To School supplies, way much more exciting than the normal shoes and clothes shopping. The excitement for purchasing stationery supplies stems from being a stationery addict and memories of doing the same school preparations.
I loved getting a new pencil case ready for the new school year and walking round WH Smith admiring all the stationery available. My favourite pencil case from WH Smith had to be the times table pencil case and the tablet eraser (my delight when I saw they still do the erasers). If you grew up in the 90’s you will totally know what I am on about.
Other than stationery my other love in life (other than the kids) is being super organised. I need to be organised with being a working mummy, running my side hustle and the normal adulting of running our home and bills etc. So instead of just a stationery haul, we challenged ourselves to take this further with adding organisation and showing different ways we are using Back To School supplies.
Starting with my most favourite part of the haul… stationery. We honestly had so much to choose from the large range available at WH Smith and we could have easily come away with most of the shop.
We started with the essentials, first being the pencil case. Now Josie is approaching Year 6 she is wanting more tween looking stationery rather than the unicorns she would have previously chose. The beauty of the range at WH Smith as there is something for all ages, I had my eye on a few items for myself.
Below is the items we brought for Josie’s new pencil case and her stationery supplies.
We have split up some of the items for Josie’s pencil case to go towards another project which you will see further down this post.
Previous school years Josie has opted for school dinners rather than taking a lunch box, but this term she has decided on alternating between the two. This obviously meant we needed a lunchbox, which to be honest I hadn’t even thought of purchasing this at WH Smith. I was pleasantly surprised at the range available.
Josie-Ann chose the most beautiful Henley mint colour lunch bag and matching water bottle. I think I am going to have to back for one for myself, especially as the lunch range is currently on offer (at the time of writing this) with ‘Buy one get one half price’.
Josie does not get her homework ethic from myself, I loved homework. Even now I am doing online courses as I am like a sponge for learning. Josie needs a little bit of a push to get going, which is where my idea of making a homework station has come from using an existing storage container.
Normally Josie will do homework on one of the days I am not working, mainly as we are home earlier. I try to get her going on this while I am cooking dinner, this way I can keep an eye on the kids at the table and help if needed. This also makes nice family time as we will chat about the day. The caddy is portable for if Josie wishes to go in the home office or in her room.
Below is the items we purchased for our homework caddy.
As mentioned before we have split some items of stationery to go between Josie’s pencil case and the new homework station.
I am planning on going back to WH Smith and grabbing some more bits for this little project. We forgot some items as got carried away looking round the large range.
Additional items I want to add are scissors, notebook, glue stick and post it-notes. A great excuse for another trip out.
Back To School Organisation
Josie is one of the youngest in her year and we are trying to help her with being more organised this year, in the hope the following year starting Secondary School will not be as daunting.
Josie tends to be quite forgetful of tasks so I am trying to spread my organisation vibes over to her, mainly to help for her own personal growth and independence. Also helping to maintain the school day routine and again getting her ready for Secondary School next year.
For the mission of Josie-Ann being organised I have brought Document Wallets. I absolutely love the spotty design and am totally using the other one as these came in a double pack. I use them all the time and they are super useful. These are in the hope of eliminating the messy school bag. Josie tends to shove any documents that come home in the bottom of her bag and not mention about them. This way I am hoping Josie will look after documents wether school letters or homework going back and forth.
Next was a White Board for in Josie’s room. This way Josie can write a To Do List or Reminders for the day. Like for example I constantly have to remind her to clean her teeth etc, this way Josie can be independent and tick these tasks off.
Lastly I have brought a ring binder for Josie. This is to make a homework folder, to plan and keep track of homework due in. The plan is to print off a calendar month and get Josie to plan her pick and mix homework. Planning ahead means we know if we need further supplies, such as if a cooking homework. This is mainly for getting ready for Secondary School and pushing her independence again.
I would like to expand the folder idea as it gets going for Josie to start adding in her own time tables, such as on the calendar to set certain days for specific tasks. The plan is to set a day for homework, reading is each day, but set spellings for a specific day. I want Josie to get used to organising her time and getting used to reading a time table.
All of this will hopefully ease Josie into Year 6, and getting ready for Secondary School next year. Josie gets anxious easily so if we can prepare her before hand she will feel motivated from being independent and will benefit long term.
Hopefully we have showed you some different ideas and strategies in using Back To School Supplies, ready for the upcoming new school term.
You don’t have to limit Back To School Supplies just for children, with the extensive range at WH Smith and fantastic offers you can give your own stationery a refresh. There is such a large range of supplies varying from stationery to water bottles. There is honestly something for everybody, and if you are a fellow stationery addict you will be in your element.
WH Smith are also running a competition. Share your Back To School haul photos using #StationerySorted to be in the chance of winning a gift card.
Have you been super organised preparing for the new term? Or perhaps you have brought stationery for your own needs? I would love to hear how you stay organised and which supplies you have brought…. please comment below.