School lunches, organising homework and after-school programs: SORTED!
The past month has been a slow transition back to the real world for many of our youngsters, with Covid-19 subsiding from WA the return to school was a prominent event for many kids in our city.
We always want to see our youth striving to do their best, which is why we’ve put together a simple guide for parents in regards to organising lunches, homework and those busy afternoons to make returning back to school a breeze!
Preparing a nutritional lunch for children is the best way to keep them focused at school. School lunches shouldn’t have to be a mission to complete; which is why we’ve included our favourite simplified snacks for learning on-the-go! Don’t forget, a water bottle is always a must-have, too.
Start with a reusable lunchbox container, preferably one with separate compartments to store different foods. Bento boxes work great for this! You can get Bento boxes from Little Poppy Lane.
The main idea for this concept is to offer a variety of foods for your child to nibble on throughout the day, rather than a sandwich which won’t keep them full for as long..
Filling foods such as pikelets, pita bread sticks and hummus, wraps or homemade mini pizzas are always a great base for any lunchbox.
Continue on by adding snackage such as: turkey, chicken or ham and cheese roll ups, crackers or cut up fruits and veggie sticks.
You can even add in a sweet treat every now and then, like jelly cups, fruit, yogurt or homemade cupcakes and slices!
The best part of packaging a child’s lunch in this way is that the food going into the box is tailored to your child’s dietary needs and preferences, and will be less likely to go to waste. (We all know how picky kids can be!)
It also minimises the overuse of plastic packaging, which we often find with ‘lunchbox friendly’ items at the shops.
Homework & Organisation
Build a homework station! Create a well-lit space for your child to encourage their journey of learning. Understanding your child’s style of learning and what they need to excel will in turn greatly benefit their education.
Are they a visual learner? Use a whiteboard to plan out events and upcoming homework.
An aural learner? Find podcasts or informational videos relating to the subjects they are learning about, have them play softly in the background during study time to further amplify their learning.
Maybe even a physical learner? Organising tools and supplies needed for homework into separate bins or baskets will allow kids to physically grasp different elements within their subjects and discover what is needed to complete their school work successfully.
Colour coding can be extremely helpful for kids, especially when it comes to filing away important documents or assignments. This encourages organisation of their own at-home system, which will help to establish an organised workspace at school.
Credit: Andrew McCaul, Good Housekeeping
Assign a special place for your child to display their artwork, school certificates or notes of encouragement to boost confidence and allow them to feel proud of themselves and their schooling efforts.
Parents need to feel on top of their work, too. To this I say, file EVERYTHING! Use a desk tray for any papers that need a ‘parental once-over’ – permission slips that need signing, photo day papers, excursion and absent notes, ect. Doing so will get you in the habit of keeping up to date on school-related activities, while separating the kids’ work from yours!
After School Programs
Kalgoorlie YMCA supports families and their children through the use of fun and stimulating environments. YMCA offers a before and after school program that caters for children in Kindergarten through to the age of 12. The centre can accommodate up to 78 children, even offering a pick-up service from some of the local schools.
The program operates between the hours of 6-9am before school and 2-6pm after school. Buses start their runs at 8am and 2:45pm.
Children attending are provided breakfast and afternoon tea, as well as homework club with supervising staff and fun, flexible activities both indoor and outdoors to meet the physical, educational and emotional needs of all children attending the program.
All eligible families will receive the Government’s Child Care Subsidy package, otherwise prices vary between $30-40 depending on time of day. For more information, visit their website.
Kalgoorlie Follow the Dream
This program was established in 2002 with the help of the Polly Farmer Foundation, and is based at the Eastern Goldfields College campus. Students can be selected from Kalgoorlie- Boulder Community High School, John Paul College and Eastern Goldfields College.
Around 40 students are enrolled each year, and attend up to four sessions per week, taking place right after school. Starting with a delicious afternoon tea, students are then offered the help of specialist tutors from within the Eastern Goldfields College across all curriculum areas. Tutors build strong relationships with the students, encouraging and supporting them to develop skills, complete school work and take advantage of a broad range of educational and personal development opportunities.
Interested in joining? Contact Eastern Goldfields College on 08 9092 3100.
We hope with this blog we are able to ease some of the tension in the transition back to school, and wish the best of luck to our local students for the rest of the school year!
We Love KB