The bell announcing the end of summer holidays has rung! For many, it will soon be back to school. This year’s return to school will be a bit different with COVID-19, but one thing remains the same: your parent brain is running at full speed to remember everything. To make your life easier during this critical time, we’ve made the ULTIMATE shopping plan for a smooth return.
It’s a well-known fact that going back to school can quickly get expensive. Thankfully, many of our retailers offer the supplies required by surrounding schools* at an amazing value. A quick visit at Pharmaprix, Dollarama, Miniso, Winners or Marshalls and you’ll find everything you need!
Going through your school supplies list isn’t your favourite assignment? Go to Canadian Tire to find everything you need, from note books to students’ desks. And for budding artists, DeSerres has not only school supplies, but also everything to paint or draw.
*Surrounding schools: Dawson, LaSalle College, Concordia University, École internationale de Montréal, Collège de Montréal, Montreal St-Georges school, Westmount High School, école de la Petite Bourgogne.
Once you have all your school supplies, you need a bag to carry them in! To find the best backpack, many criteria should be considered, including
Here are some of our favourites:
And what about the lunchbox? Best to choose a sturdy model that’s easily washable and with a design that stands out from the rest of the class. While we visited the centre, we were very impressed with the amazing variety of models available at Winners and Marshalls, and we loved the Thermos lunchbox, available at Canadian Tire.
Children run, jump around and get dirty. Their shoes go through the same thing! For back to school, let’s take the opportunity to choose the perfect pair, which - hopefully – will last until the end of the school year!
During our scouting visit, we discovered Yellow’s new fall collection; it's really worth taking a look! Young sports enthusiasts will especially love the Illuminate-G model with a sole that glows in the dark.
Whether your children hate sport or are fanatics, cute clothes and comfortable shoes will certainly motivate them. Take advantage of the current sales at Sports Experts to outfit Junior with athletic apparel signed by his favourite brands, such as Under Armour, Adidas, Reebok and Nike. Let’s not forget footwear, of course, for boys and girls.
Our little ones won’t let a bit of rain stop them! We must think of getting bad weather apparel so that they can continue to learn and play while staying dry. On the list: rain boots, a raincoat and an umbrella.
Your children had a growth spurt this summer? Don't worry, just plan a shopping day with them. We bet they'll want to wear their new clothes for the back-to-school season! And take this opportunity to spoil yourselves a little too. Check out the current promotions at our centre.
A little tip for parents: to save time, prepare the clothes the night before. Involving your child in the choice of clothing gives them a sense of autonomy and control, and stimulates creativity.
Ah, the famous lunches! The unloved chore for many families... And yet, it doesn't have to be a headache: planning and preparing as much as possible in advance is enough to make life easier.
In order to have an endless supply of ideas for quick meals and cold lunches, let’s get a cookbook with delicious recipes to please everyone. Our favourites? The magazines Coup de Pouce and K pour Katrine, available at ABC Magazine, offer quick and simple recipes.
What if you’re running out of time? Choose the IGA pick-up or delivery option or treat yourself to pre-prepared meals that are just waiting to be enjoyed!
Schools, like our children, will have to adapt to the new COVID-19 reality at the start of the school year. In order to make mask-wearing a bit more fun for the little ones, choose models with their favourite cartoon characters or a colour they like. Check out our retailers that sell them.
If the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that having a work space for everyone at home is paramount. It’s a great idea to plan a quiet work area for everyone in your home to work and study calmly.
After a few discussions with teachers, we’ve established a list of essential equipment to make sure your kids learn at home as well as in school:
Go to La Source and talk to their experts for the best choices according to your family’s technology needs.
Back to school doesn't have to be a battle where you tear your hair out for a notebook! Our retailers are here to help you. Here are a few more tips to help you organize your family routine:
There you go! Back to school doesn't seem so scary now, does it? Don't hesitate to share with us your best back-to-school findings on our social networks! Show us your favourites, the big smiles of your little ones and all your smart tips for a well-organized return to school. We wish you the sweetest and most pleasant start to the new school year!