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HP’s top tips for your family’s school year

by Blogger ‎08-22-2012 07:59 AM - edited ‎08-22-2012 07:59 AM


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Summer is coming to an end and many of us are beginning to prepare for the coming school year. This means back to busy schedules – getting the kids to school on time, carpool after school to soccer and gymnastics practice, and helping the kids with their homework. It’s exhausting just thinking about it! With this in mind, we have put together some tips to help you stay on top of everything and have a smooth school year:


Organization is crucial


If you start the school year out organized, it’ll be much easier to remain organized throughout the busy year. Simple organization tactics, such as labeling the kids’ binders, note pads, pencil cases, textbooks and so on, make it easier to know whose is whose. Labeling items will not only prevent mix-ups between the kids, but will also make it easier for them to find their stuff in the morning, making getting to school on time much less stressful.


Plus, with homework, tests, extracurricular activities, special events and part-time jobs for the older ones, keeping track of post-school activities can be equally hectic. Involve the whole family as you post monthly calendars to help keep track of who’s going where, when.


Stock up!


Keep your cabinets filled with school supplies – you never know when the “hugest assignment of the year” will be, and you can’t always help when it comes with “…but it’s due tomorrow.” Ensure you have the essentials on hand, such as pencils, markers, duo-tangs, glue sticks, computer paper, printer cartridges, etc. That way, when the kids come home with their latest assignment, you don’t need to run out to re-stock.


Encourage creativity


Let’s face it – homework can sometimes be boring. Encourage kids to find creative ways to present their assignments at school. For example, HP Creative Studio for Home and Business is a free tool that gives users the opportunity to design, edit and publish custom print projects. Kids can “wow” their teachers with professional looking projects.


Apps for everyone


Apps are no longer just for smartphones and tablets. It’s worth investing in a printer that can allow you to access Print Apps on its touchscreen, providing instant access to a plethora of fun and useful apps. For instance, with HP Quick Forms, you can instantly turn plain white paper into notebook paper, graph paper, calendars and more. Looking for a recipe for dinner tonight? Access the Martha Stewart Print App that provides daily quick-and-easy recipes the family is sure to love.


Do all this and more with HP’s latest wireless and web-connected printer line-up. For more information, please visit

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