Back To School Tips


Preschool-age children can get pretty messy when they are at school. Painting, playing outside and tactile exploring means their clothes, shoes and hands will not be very clean by the end of the day.

Our preschooler goes to a Montessori preschool and he has a uniform so we don’t worry about the clothes too much but if you don’t want your child getting paint on their favourite dress or ripping a hole in their favourite pair of paints then I suggest to send them to school wearing clothes meant for their rough and tumble school day, look for functional and least expensive pieces. They can always change into their “nicer” clothes after school.


kandooWe also try to give our son a bath or shower before bedtime to clean up, specially if he spent most of the day outside playing. We usually use Kandoo Body Wash and we love that it is hypoallergenic; contains no parabens or SLS and it has natural fruit extracts to moisturize while cleaning. The smells is amazing too!

detanglerIf you have a little girl or a little boy with longer hair I recommend trying out Kandoo Hair Detangler after their bath/shower, no need to rinse it after and it is made with natural herbal extracts.

Something else we try to reinforce a lot at home is hygiene and hand washing. Kids at preschool are usually sharing a lot of things and they touch everything, they are also going to the washroom on their own and sitting down to have snacks at snack time. The teachers at his school really focus on getting everyone to wash their hands after going to the washroom and before snack time but I know that I have to trust that my little one is taking the time to wash them properly.  It all starts at home and practicing hand washing at home is important and recommended before school starts.


At home we use Kandoo BrightFoam Handsoap. We pump it into dry hands, lather vigorously for at least 15 seconds (sometimes while singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star) and rinse and dry thoroughly. I don’t think he sings when he washes his hands at school but I think he does remember what we do at home.

I must admit that I get a little bit anxious about not being at school watching him do this things but I trust that he is a bright little boy who remembers what we do at home and listens to his teachers. If you teach your little one about hygiene at home they will take that with them wherever they go.

Is your little one also going back to school in September? Be sure to check out some other great back to school tips from Kandoo on their website HERE.

Disclosure: I received a sample of a product to facilitate my post. All views and opinions stated on this post are 100% my own.


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Angela V

Founder and Writer at One Smiley Monkey blog
Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!
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10 responses to “Back To School Tips”

  1. Laurie P — August 22, 2014 @ 6:06 am (#)

    My baby boy starts gr. 11 this yr lol. Seems like yesterday that we walked him to his first day of JK. I remember it so well… well as his last day of SK. So emotional.
    I’ll be doing it all over again with my little girl in a couple years. Not so sure about this full day kindergarten business. Just seems like too much….guess we’ll find out.

  2. Jeannie — August 22, 2014 @ 6:58 am (#)

    I am super anxious about my son starting Kindergarten this fall. I know he’s ready and he’s really excited, but i’m not sure I’m ready!!!

  3. Elizabeth Matthiesen — August 22, 2014 @ 8:27 am (#)

    great photos, a gorgeous little fellow he is.
    It’s a nerve-wrecking time for parents but usually just a fun time for the kids 🙂

  4. Anne Taylor — August 22, 2014 @ 9:58 am (#)

    I think its great for kids to have uniforms. I’ve also heard alot of positive reviews of Kandoo products so I’m going to look into them for my grandkids!

  5. Elva Roberts — August 22, 2014 @ 4:33 pm (#)

    I think his teacher will be happy to have your son in her/his class. I found that children, who came from kind and polite families, were usually kind and mannerly themselves. (I was a teacher in a former life.)

  6. DARLENE W — August 23, 2014 @ 10:56 am (#)

    Now my grandchildren are venturing back to school, two in SK, one in grade , one in grade 3 and one in grade 5. I am sure glad I don’t have to get them all ready in the mornings

  7. Melinda L. — August 25, 2014 @ 9:53 am (#)

    Love Kandoo’s hand soap, it’s so much fun. Cannot believe school is starting again soon, there’s so much to prepare for!

  8. DARLENE W — August 28, 2014 @ 9:08 am (#)

    Here is hoping for carefree mornings as the kids go back to school

  9. kathy+downey — November 14, 2014 @ 4:41 am (#)

    I love the products and on another note your son has the most amazing smile

  10. kathy downey — March 15, 2015 @ 8:07 am (#)

    I have not kids in school anymore but a few grandkids attend

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