Top Labelling Tips From The Teacher

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Organising Chaos, With Labels That Stick.

I am part of that special breed of human that is both a mother of small children and a school teacher.  Although sometimes this is a curse (oh gosh it is hard to stand back and not rush in and help), it is also a blessing as I am well equipped to handle all of those back to school preparations.  

This year I will have two children at school FULL TIME (cue the tears now). I jokingly tell everyone that’s why I had another baby, as I couldn’t handle the thought of having no children at home every day. #jokingnotjoking  This means double the everything:  book lists, uniforms and, of course, labels. Having the perfect labels that stick is the easiest way to organize the back to school chaos.

 

I think all teachers have a tendency to be OCD organisers and labellers.  I was labeling everything way before I had children! So here are my…

TOP LABELLING TIPS FROM THE TEACHER

 

TIP 1. LABEL EVERYTHING!

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An easy way to label scissors is to wrap the label on to itself, through the handle.

When I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING. Double check

  • Text books and dictionaries
  • Stationery (EVERY pencil, marker, crayon, sharpener, eraser, ruler)
  • Calculators
  • Uniforms
  • Hats
  • Shoes and socks
  • Library bags,
  • Drink bottles
  • Lunch boxes (container and lid)
  • Lunch bags
  • Musical instruments
  • Sports gear
  • UNDERWEAR! I have a bit of a joke each year when it comes to children going to school swimming lessons.  If I find underwear and it is labeled I can discretely return it to the owner otherwise,  I will have to hold them up in front of the class!  Oh the horror!

 

TIP 2. WHY LABEL EVERYTHING?

It gets returned.  After spending a small fortune on school gear I can guarantee that something will go missing in the first week of school.  If you haven’t labeled it, there is literally no chance it will ever be returned.  Money. Down. The. Drain. At least if it is labeled there is a chance someone honest will ensure it finds its way home.

Stop the arguments.  Imagine this.  25 Children.  All with near identical belongings.  Nothing like pack up time when a child swears the red pencil with the bite marks on the end is THEIRS! If it’s labeled, no argument!

 

Encourage Responsibility.  This also encourages your children to be responsible for their own belongings.  This is particularly important for those littlies who have come from Kindergarten with communal resources.  Having YOUR name on an item makes you responsible for it.  If it is found on the floor there is no denying who should be putting it away!

 Now here are a few hints that I have learnt with two children at school. Different items require different information on their labels. Boy, do I have some experience in helping kids find their lost belongings!  

 

TIP 3 USE PICTURES OR ICONS

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An Icon helps a child identify their belongings


Pick one picture or icon for your child and use it on all their belongings.  This is particularly helpful for non-readers or beginning readers as it helps them identify their own belongings, when they have trouble reading their name.

 

TIP 4: BE SNEAKY

Hats – These are the most frequently lost, expensive item (wait for it…Little Miss A’s hat costs $95!!!) These get labeled with her full name and my phone number.  With a couple hundred identical hats in the school a first name only is never going to help it find its way home.  I add my phone number as generally, I also label the inside and under the band (an inconspicuous spot) just incase someone else tries to claim it as their own!  Sometimes a sneaky label pays off.  This goes for school uniforms as well.

 

TIP 5: FULL NAMES

 Have you got any idea how many children in a school possibly share the same first name? Where possible use your child’s full name. If it is an item that may possibly be passed down to another family member a last name should do the trick. Also use upper and lower case letters for your beginning reader as many have difficulty identifying their name when it is all in capital letters…

 

TIP 6: CONTACT DETAILS

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Two Lines Of Text. Include your child’s full name and your contact details.

 

If it is expensive or carted to and from school, I add my contact details.  Think hats, bags and instruments. This way if it’s left on a bus, or in the pick up zone, the finder has a way of letting you know where it is!  I always make sure mine and my husband’s mobile numbers are on our children’s school bags in case of emergencies.

So how do you do all of this without breaking the bank? Simple, a label maker!

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This year I have been testing out the Brother P-touch H105 Label Maker.

 

At only $25 from Officeworks, it’s affordable, versatile and creates durable labels that will actually stick. The laminated tape withstands EVERYTHING! The most durable labels on the market, they can be used both indoors and outdoors and are sun, germ, water and temperature resistant.

 

With 178 Symbols, 7 Frames and coloured tape, it’s easy to create pretty and personalised labels. You can also create two lines of text, perfect for your child’s name on the top and phone number on the bottom. We went with pink laminated tape for Little Miss A and laminated satin gold for Master O (they came in a three pack together with white tape)

 

Another brilliant addition is the iron on tape – perfect for hats, socks and school uniforms.  You have no idea how hard it has been finding labels that stick to socks! I use my label maker a lot so being able to use it with an AC adaptor saves me a whole heap of money on batteries.

 Naturally because I love my label maker so much, I want to share the love.  

You could win your very own Brother PT-H105 Labeller!  Just use Rafflecopter below to let me know;

What would you label with the Brother PT-H105 Labeller and why?  

 

 
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Comments

  1. kiersten p says:

    I would label EVERYTHING because my youngest is off to school this year and has no sense of looking after her personal belongings. When she has finished with something it literally gets dumped on the floor where sedge stands. At care her bag items are in the vicinity of her bag but never in it. The labels would help her but also keepherteacher sane.

  2. i am about to move house and finally have a pantry to organise!!!

  3. Need to organise the pantry so this would be great.

  4. i would definitely be labelling my sons shoes, as there will be a sandpit at his primary school, I want to make sure he comes back with his expensive pair of Clark shoes, in the right size

  5. I would label everything that isn’t nailed down!

  6. I will label everything from my girls daycare clothes (so as all clothes r returned) to the charging cables for our portable devices (so as we know what goes with what device. Oh cant forget the pantry – so as hubby knows where to put things away and it stays nicely organised.

  7. How do you label socks?

  8. I’d label everything that leaves the house 🙂

  9. I label everything at home, and at work. I’m a food tech teacher, and my entire room is labelled too. Every drawer and cupboard, and every shelf. That way everyone knows exactly where everything goes – no excuses! At the moment I have one label maker that I take between home and school, I’d love one at home – so I can label everything when I need to.

  10. I would label EVERYTHING!!!! Determined to be more organised this year was my house is just chaos at the moment 🙁 A labeller would be an immense help 🙂

  11. Pencils Textas and Pens !!! Those labels are so exxy ! I’m a bit of a lable-a-holic so this would be be very good to help my addiction 😉

  12. Last year we lost 4 school hats & 2 lunchboxes because they were not labelled – so this year I want to label each & every school item. when school will start then I will label & organise the pantry area..

  13. I would label every single thing in the house!!!! Between a 2 year old and a 5 year old the amount of stuff that gets lost is unbearable!!! The 5 year old starts school in a few days so I’m expecting a lot more losses!!!

  14. There is nothing worse than spending a heap of money on fancy labels only to have them peel and bubble the minute they hit the dishwasher! If these labels stick then I too will be using them on everything!! My favourite thing to label is umbrellas… They seem to be very attractive to other children and a label soon sorts out any ownership battles. Thanks for a great giveaway.

  15. Annie Sawyer says:

    I am Carol Brady of sorts. 3 of mine and 3 of his! The kids are getting bigger now and NOTHING gets put where it belongs!! Grrrrrrrrrr! I will label everything that has a home! Pantry. Laundry. Bathroom. Wardrobes. Kitchen cupboards (inside of course) ….and look forward to things being where i can find them! Fingers crossed! Yay.

  16. Oh my word! I’d label everything – daycare clothes and items, pantry storage containers, power cables, stationery, and my bugbear – SHOES! How can a child lose just one shoe? It blows my mind!

  17. Socks! The commercial labels don’t seem to last. Plus I label everything, I’m a teacher too. (At Home Mum at present ).

  18. Mary Preston says:

    You have to label everything. I have been known to label some things twice. Make the labels stand out as much as possible. Easy to identify that way.

  19. I would like a Brother Label, as I have outlayed a fortune on other labels and eventually they just don’t stick anymore -the iron on are the worst for wearing off, and permanent marker does wear off and need constant remarking.

  20. I would label all of the section of their bedroom! Desks, Wardrobes, toy storage. Everything has a PLACE. PUT IT AWAY!!!!!

  21. Sitting here with a handful of pens and pencils to label for my 2 boys. The rest of their pencil case contents are on the floor in front of me. I’m trying to work out how to write small enough for their names to fit on the pencils – luckily they aren’t very long. A Brother labeler would make it much easier. Then I could start on my pantry and sewing room and Hubby’s study and office.

  22. I would label all my office supplies on my desk at work, I’ve paid for them all and don’t mind if people borrow them, but if they are labelled, maybe they might come back!

  23. Jody Kaden says:

    I hope to label everything so it boomerangs back to my children. I have an airhead 6yo boy!! He can’t find his shoes when they’re on his feet…My daughter on the other hand is very responsible but to keep it fair everything will be labelled. Thanks for the chance to win.

  24. I definitely agree with labelling school hats. They seem to be the no 1 item that gets lost at school. I also always make sure school jackets are labelled with a good iron on label. Jackets are expensive and the kids seem to constantly be taking them on and off, so easily lost. Lunch boxes and bottles are also definitely on my agenda to label. It’s surprising how many kids have the same lunch boxes and bottles so they can easily pick up someone else’s if not labelled.

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