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How often do you check your child's school bag?

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nappyaddict Mon 04-Jul-11 09:37:24

Do you check it every night without fail? Do you check it as soon as they come in from school or at some point afterwards going as late as the next morning? What about on a friday night or if they have got a day off the next day due to school holidays, inset, strike or voting etc?

CroissantNeuf Mon 04-Jul-11 09:39:17

DS (Yr2) every day as we do reading every night and need to get his book and reading diary out (and check for half-eaten snacks, random stones and assorted crap that he collects in there smile)

DD (Yr6) -never really.

nappyaddict Mon 04-Jul-11 09:48:27

Ooops I meant to say for people who don't collect their child themselves.

IndigoBell Mon 04-Jul-11 10:11:34

Every day without fail as soon as I get home from work (which is 7:30)

MySharona Mon 04-Jul-11 10:12:24

rarely. year 6.

TheClaw Mon 04-Jul-11 10:20:07

CrooissantNeuf I had to laugh at your post - my DT's are always coming home with stones and flowers!

One of them recently was very excited that she had found a 'piece of moon rock' which thankfully turned out to be cement (I did worry that it was dry poo!)

I therefore check their bags every day (Y1).

Bramshott Mon 04-Jul-11 10:39:45

I still try to check DD's (Yr 3) every night, although I don't always manage it. Luckily most letters from school come out in a bundle with the newsletter on a Thursday. DH doesn't think to check though, so if I'm out at work I will usually check when I come in at midnight hmm.

CMOTdibbler Mon 04-Jul-11 10:44:20

We check it every night, but I also check the school website for letters - for instance the reception newsletter is only on the classroom door otherwise, and we only go there on a Friday afternoon when one of us tries to pick him up direct

Elibean Mon 04-Jul-11 10:47:03

Every day, at some point. I'm nosy wink

Kardashianw Mon 04-Jul-11 10:53:35

I check my ds every single day when he gets home. I even can't wait and do it as soon as I leave the school playground. I am far too nosey nut hoping for a suprise don't know what. But I do reading with him every night and have to write in his book how he has done smile x

ilovetomandjerry Mon 04-Jul-11 10:57:12

Every day - why wouldn't you?!!!! My two never tell me anything - it's the only chance I've got of knowing what's going on!!

handsomeharry Mon 04-Jul-11 11:05:16

Every day. My DS 9 has never told me anything. Even if I ask him about notes or homework he denies all knowledge. I also have to take out the fruit I have provided for his snack!

I make him tidy it out every Sunday as we're getting things together for the week.

I can imagine I will still be doing this when he is in secondary school.

ebbandflow Mon 04-Jul-11 11:13:32

Every day-sometimes I start checking the minute I collect my dd from school or the afterschool club.

sleepwouldbenice Mon 04-Jul-11 11:16:56

Every day - agree its the best way to find out whats going on. Also, allthough I really love our school, they are frustratingly late in telling you things (eg today tickets are being sorted for the school play on Wednesday...) so if you dont sort letters promptly your child and you can miss out

also in the bag anyway for reading book etc

Fifis25StottieCakes Mon 04-Jul-11 11:29:46

Everyday. They normally only get spellings and homereader on a Monday and Homework on Friday. I still check though as the school is notorious for giving us 2 days notice for any trips/events.

SofaQueen Mon 04-Jul-11 11:48:02

I collect my child half of the time and check his bag every day. Why wouldn't you? It is how the school, teacher, PTA, and other parents principally pass information to you.

HappyMummyOfOne Mon 04-Jul-11 11:49:40

Every day too, otherwise I'd not know if there was homework or if I needed to make a costume for the next day etc.

rebl Mon 04-Jul-11 12:03:56

Everyday leaving school with ds so that I can be warned on any potential problems with ds (SEN) and for dd because she empties it onto the hall floor every day to find that flower or blade of grass or whatever! Also she has reading every night so I go through it for that. Both reception.

GooseyLoosey Mon 04-Jul-11 12:06:59

Every couple of days. Ideally I should wear protective gloves to do it as I never know what I might find in there. Ds would empty it out himself after 3 days as he will have run out of room to stuff rubbish in by then.

cheesesarnie Mon 04-Jul-11 12:09:09

daily when we read after dinner with both boys.dd hardly ever-shes 11 and sorts her own bag out.the boys 'forget' things or hide things.

pinkgirlythoughts Mon 04-Jul-11 13:16:08

Oh I wish I had you lot as parents in my class! When checking everyone's bags for missing spelling books, permission slips, homework etc, I regularly find letters that were sent home months previously, and have obviously never been removed from the bag! There's even one or two in the class who still carry their reading folders from last year day-to-day, in addition to everything else!

LovetheHarp Mon 04-Jul-11 13:33:41

Every day! Although sometimes it's a tip (leaves, stones, advertising leaflets, pens, drawings, etc) so I just look through to get out what I think it's important and leave the rest as I can't face tidying it up every night!

IndigoBell Mon 04-Jul-11 13:35:39

pinkgirlythoughts - I guess then next year you need to communicate with your parents better saying that they need to check their bag every day.

Most days there's nothing in there worth checking, and it is very easy to not check all the time - until the first time you totally miss a birthday invitation blush

But seriously, tell the parents this is what you expect, otherwise they won't all guess.

Amaretti Mon 04-Jul-11 13:39:09


<voice of experience>

magicmummy1 Mon 04-Jul-11 13:47:45

Daily, as soon as I get home from work. It's just part of my daily routine.

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