Back-to-School Guide: Things You Need Not Included in the Class List

Back-to-School Guide: Things You Need Not Included in the Class List

It's that time again — time for new backpacks, fresh notebooks, and the excitement and stress that can come with a brand-new school year. 

But before you get too caught up in the thrill of back-to-school shopping and the inevitable enrollment frenzy, let's hit pause. There's more to this season than just the standard class list of school supplies. So, let's dive into our comprehensive back-to-school guide full of items that might not be on your class list.

Why Is Self Care Important Throughout the School Year?

Let's be real — the school year can get a bit intense. From pre-K cuties to high school seniors, it's a whirlwind of learning, growth, and, let's face it, occasional stress. So, this year, let's take our back-to-school guide a notch higher and put wellness at the center of it all.

Mental health isn't just a trending topic — it's a crucial part of the puzzle for our learners. So, as caregivers, it's essential to incorporate a strategic plan that nurtures both the mind and the body. 

Sure, those report cards matter, but so does a healthy, happy learner, right? This is where support services come into play. From counseling to peer support, these resources can be a real game changer in ensuring a successful school year.

Beyond the Basics: Our Back-to-School Guide

Along with shiny new binders and crisp, colorful index cards, we can’t underestimate the role of mental and emotional wellness for our students. Spanning from Pre-K through to high school, here are some additional checklist items to help enrich your back-to-school preparations.


Early childhood education is like the seed from which a mighty tree grows. And like any seed, it needs the right conditions to flourish. 

Apart from the standard class list, consider including soothing sensory toys in your children’s backpacks. They're a fantastic way to keep your little learners engaged and calm. 

This is also a great time to get involved in community engagement initiatives, such as local story-telling sessions or art workshops. These are fantastic ways for your pre-K kiddo to socialize and learn about the world around them.

Elementary School

Here's where things start getting a bit more exciting. Elementary school is all about discovery, so why not add a dash of surprise to their lunch boxes? 

Fun, nutritious snacks can turn school meals into a delightful adventure. And don't forget some relaxing after-school activities like family game nights, bike rides or walks at a nearby park, and a calming bath to help them wind down. Trust us — they'll thank you!

Middle School

Middle school — the bridge between the kiddie pool and the deep end. It's a time of transformation, and your middle schooler is going to need a few extra tools in their kit. 

Think along the lines of organizers to help them keep track of their assignments or a cozy blanket for those after-school power naps. Also, with the rise of extracurricular activities, consider including equipment for their new hobbies — whether it's a science kit for your young STEM enthusiast or a paint set for your artist-at-heart.

High School

Ah, high school, the final frontier before adulthood. It's a time of growth, and your high schooler is going to need a little bit of everything. 

Alongside the standard school supplies, consider items that help them manage their time effectively and handle the inevitable stress. For instance, consider meditation apps, stress balls, or age-appropriate fidget toys to help them relax and focus.

How To Help Your Child Prioritize Their Wellness This School Year

Navigating the pressures of school, social media, and growing up can be a whirlwind. As caregivers, supporting our kids means more than just providing physical necessities. It's crucial to initiate open, honest, and empathetic discussions about feelings and stress. 

Encourage Openness Regarding Mental Health 

The drive home from school, family moments at the dinner table, or a quick conversation before bedtime can serve as great times to open up these conversations. Hear them out, validate their feelings, and offer guidance when needed. 

Normalize these conversations about mental health, and let them know it's okay to feel overwhelmed sometimes. And hey, remember that therapy isn't taboo — it's just another form of support. Connecting your child with a therapist can equip them with essential tools to handle stress.

Help Them Pursue Their Passions

Remember how good it feels to do something you love? That's the power of hobbies. Encourage your child to develop their own hobbies by joining team sports or pursuing personal interests. 

Whether it's painting, playing an instrument, or kicking a football around, these activities can work wonders to relieve stress. They foster resilience, boost self-esteem, and build a sense of camaraderie among peers. Plus, they provide a healthy outlet for the adrenaline rush that comes with the new school year.

Reconnect With Nature

Nature has its way of calming our minds, doesn't it? Encourage your child to take a break from screens and spend time outside. 

Plan family activities like hikes, bike rides, or even picnics in the park. Let them feel the wind in their hair, the grass under their feet, and the warmth of the sun on their skin. This reconnection with nature not only rejuvenates the senses but also works wonders for their mental well-being.

Establish Self-Care Routines

What's self care? It's not just about spa days or fancy skincare — it's about taking time out to do something that helps us relax. Encourage your child to establish self-care routines early on. 

This could be reading a book before bed, practicing yoga, or indulging in a relaxing bath. It's all about finding what helps them unwind and making it a regular part of their life.

Offering tools and resources for self-care routines is a tangible way to show we're not just talking the talk. With Spongellé's range of products, you can offer a fantastic addition to these routines at every age.

For Elementary Schoolers

Spongellé's bath toys with chamomile extract can make bath time more than just a daily chore. It can be a calming, playful activity that your little ones look forward to while fostering learning and sparking curiosity. 

These sponges aren't just fun — they're also a gentle way to introduce self-care and hygiene habits early on. 

For Middle Schoolers

Middle schoolers, on the other hand, might appreciate a bit more sophistication. Our Body Wash Infused Buffers and Pedi Buffers can transform their bath time into a personal DIY spa sesh. 

With gentle scents and soothing botanicals, these products are designed to provide a well-deserved break from their busy routines, encouraging them to take time out for themselves and offer an easy way to relax and unwind.

For High Schoolers

The pressures of high school can be challenging. With Spongellé's unique diffusers and Body Gift Sets, their room can transform into a tranquil haven. 

The calming effects of aromatherapy can help wash away the tensions of the day and prepare them for the challenges ahead. These small rituals of self-care can make a significant difference in their overall well-being, providing a sensory experience that can help rejuvenate their mind and body.

Nurturing Holistic Health Beyond the School

Promoting wellness doesn't stop at the school gates. It's a holistic process that should also extend to their daily routines and environments. Nutrition plays a vital role in this. Healthy school meals and nutrition services offer the building blocks needed for a healthy body and a focused mind.

Encourage your child to participate in extracurricular activities and community initiatives. These experiences help cultivate a balanced lifestyle and contribute to their overall development.

Let's not forget the importance of sustainability. When you choose products that respect our planet, like Spongellé's cruelty-free and vegan range, you're teaching your child about responsibility and kindness towards our environment.

Remember, a holistic approach to wellness encompasses mind, body, and environment. So let's work together to make this school year not just academically enriching but also a time of balanced growth and well-being for our learners.

The Bottom Line

As the fresh scent of a new school year wafts through the air, it's more important than ever to ensure we're taking care of not just our bodies but our minds, too. Navigating classes, homework, social media, and just growing up — it's a lot! But remember, we've all been there. It's perfectly okay to feel a bit overwhelmed sometimes.

The key is to not ignore these feelings. Chat about them over hot cocoa, during a walk in the park, or while snuggling on the couch. Let's make sure our kids know that their feelings matter and that we're here to help. And when it comes to stress-busting, well, hobbies, nature, and self-care routines can work wonders.

As caregivers, we want what's best for our kids. With Spongellé, encouraging them to take time to relax, seek joy in the little moments, and tend to their holistic wellness has never felt better. Let's help our kids realize that taking care of their mental health can be as simple, affordable, and enjoyable as taking a bath.


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