With extra-murals and social drama taking up a lot of brain space, school work can take a backseat. It’s a challenging time and as parents, you need a game plan. Whether you’re just getting started in Grade One or you’re a few years in and looking for a bit of support, here’s what you need to do:



Reading with your child is probably the single most important thing you can do to help them succeed. Visit the library, let them choose books, be expressive and ask them questions about the stories you read. If your older kids find reading boring, encourage them to try reading about something they’re interested in like travel or sport. Younger kids will love the local story How Many Ways Can You Say Hello? and reluctant readers should try something like 1 342 QI Facts To Leave You Flabbergasted (R139.90 and R239.90, CNA).




Living in a flurry of lost shoes, unsigned notices and unmade lunches isn’t good for anyone’s stress levels. Draw up a realistic family routine that will encourage your kids to be prepared for each day. Help them keep track of their school stuff and their homework with the Addis three-drawer storage unit with clear drawers (R349, Game) and an easy-wipe white board (R179.99, The Crazy Store).



Homework is a big part of the 12-year journey so it’s worth putting in the effort to create a special spot for them to study. Start with the basics: a proper desk (Munich workdesk, R1 599, Makro), a funky chair (Tommy chair in blue, R999, Superbalist) and some decent lighting (Eurolux student desk lamp, R125, Game). With cool stores like Typo and Superbalist, kitting out their desk with fun stationery will be a great incentive to hit the books. Our top picks include some rad nail varnish-shaped highlighters (R199, Superbalist), the Lena four-piece desktop organiser (R249, Superbalist) and lots of crazy pens and pretty notebooks.




Provide additional resources for your children to learn and have fun doing it with them. The School Zone workbooks at Toys R Us cover everything from early reading and maths to writing and thinking skills, so swipe your RCS Card to pick up a few (R59.90).



While screens get a bad rap they’re actually amazing learning tools. Incredible Connection stock a range of CAPS-aligned learning programs that you can install on your home computer (from R299). Or you can register for free on Vodacom e-school. It offers video lessons, homework questions and interactive quizzes from Grade R to Grade 12 and in all 11 official languages. Make screen time productive and learn on the go with a great tablet like the iPad Mini 4 (R11 900, DionWired).




Whether you’re looking to create a quiet homework space or stock up on books and learning resources, there are over 23 000 stores in the RCS shopping network to help you help your child do well at school. To make it even easier, you can simply swipe your RCS Card to get everything you need, so be sure to apply for one today.


* Prices were correct at time of publication, but are subject to change.