Hey-Ho! Its back to school we go!

Hey-Ho! Its back to school we go!
September 3, 2015 Dan Milne

Hey – Ho! Its back to school we go!

The new school term has started and it’s not just a new pencil case and lunch box you have to worry about your children losing. Mobile phones, tablets and laptops – it has become common for kids to take these high-tech, expensive valuables into school too.

  •  One in five parents resort to credit cards as the cost to kit out a child for the new school year could top $2,500
  • According to the poll of almost 900 parents of school-age children, more than two fifths (43 per cent) of kids take a mobile phone to school with them – and surprisingly one in five (21 per cent) are under ten years old.
  • Some items that may be excluded on insurance: Items left unattended in a public place (iPads, phones, etc), Bicycles, Expensive jewelry, Any possessions exceeding a certain value (your maximum claim limit per item), Items that have been left in an unlocked car or on plain view within a car.
  • HomingPIN can be attached to valuables such as bikes, sports equipment, iPads and phones. Our automated system keeps the owners details protected by providing the finders details.
  • Your kids projects and essays could be lost if a laptop is misplaced. With HomingPIN your more likely to get your property back, insurance can only replace the laptop not the contents.


HomingPINs helpful tips and hacks on organising back to school


Create central family calendar

Each school year has a mass of schedules, parents evening, functions, lunch menus, scouts meetings and music lessons. What do you do when you’re surrounded in paper?

What the calendar looks like is less important than function. A paper calendar with large squares makes it easy to enter information. A pre-printed white board calendar makes it easy to change when necessary. Use color-coding by family member helps keep you on track.

Put the family event calendar in a public place near the telephone. Use magnets to attach the calendar to the refrigerator, or tack it to a bulletin board.

Add other calendars to Calendar Central: school lunch menus, class assignment sheets, and sports practice schedules. When the room mother calls for field trip volunteers, you’ll know at a glance whether you’re free to join the group on the bus that day.


Plan before you shop

August is the second-biggest sales month for school clothing stores. Back to school sales begin as early as July! Are you prepared to run the gauntlet of shopping for school clothes?

Informed savvy shoppers prepare before they shop. Getting a list of equipment needed from the school is wise, this will help you budget for the expensive items such as sports equipment or musical instruments. Purchase a HomingPIN pack in advance to attach to the more expensive items that you can’t afford to lose.

Take a morning to assess each child’s clothing needs.

Empty drawers and wardrobes of outgrown or worn-out clothing, and either put the cloths into storage or donate what you won’t need.

Work with your child, organize clothing storage before new garments are added –and prepare to put on a couple of loads of washing in advance.

Check for possible hand-me-downs from older siblings as you make your list.

Do your shop early! Back-to-school sales begin mid-July, late shoppers will have a hard time locating needed supplies.


Ease the family into a school year schedule

The first day you return to school is no time for drastic changes of household sleep schedules. Instead, gradually ease children back into a school year routine. Use the last week of summer, re-introduce a school time bedtime. Begin adjusting bed times earlier and earlier, closer to the hour they’ll need to go to bed when school begins.

Don’t forget mealtimes! Young children especially, need to adapt to new meal routines before the school day demands it of them. Get your little ones used to timings of the school day by planning meals times before the school year begins.


Prepare for morning madness

Plan ahead to send your schoolchildren–and yourself!–out the door in a happy frame of mind.

Every evening, plan ahead for the next morning; where can organise things in advance? Putting out the breakfast table after you clear the dinner dishes put the breakfast foods somewhere easy to reach. Put out your kids cloths the night before. Check backpacks for missing homework, projects or library books. Make sure musical instruments or sports bags are packed and ready to go.


Do a practice run

How will your children get to school? The first day of school is not the time to discover out it takes ten minutes and not five to get to the nearest bus stop! Buses riders will need to know the location of the bus stop; print the bus schedule out to prevent a missed bus.

Before school begins, make a practice run to get children to the school in good time. If they walk, this will help them learn the route they’ll take and know how long it will take them.

If you’re car-schooling? A dry run will let you know if there will be early-morning traffic!

Make sure your child’s bags and belongings have a HomingPIN on and that you have registered the codes online.

Happy New School Year! Time to fly into a new school year – HomingPIN.