Whether you are ready or not, the new school year is almost here (August 14th to be specific). So if you are like me, you are squeezing in some last summer memories at a pool or park and trying to prepare. Here are three things that I do that might help you as well.
- School supplies – If you haven’t gotten them already, you’ll want to make sure to review the required supply list here. You can order supplies online from sites like Amazon or even WalMart. Quick tip about WalMart, if you order your supplies via their Grocery app, you can simply pull up in the designated parking area and they will bring your items to your car!
- School clothes – As I prepare for the new school year, one of the things we do is clean out closets and drawers of kids clothes that are now too small. I also have my kids look at their toys and decide the ones they would like to donate. For this, I love using Kid to Kid. They buy gently used clothing and toys and if you take the store credit, you’ll get an extra 20% back to use in their store. What I love most about this store is anything they do not purchase, they will donate for you and it’s all handled by the store. So, in the end, you’ll get a credit to use in their store and anything they feel they can’t sell (or have too many of) will be donated. Win-Win in my book!
- Making the most of the rest of the summer – by now your kids might be getting excited or sad they are going back to school. One thing I’ve started to do in the evenings with my kids is playing a simple family game at dinner. Our 3-year-old doesn’t get most of the games, but she loves to participate. In the end, it’s not really who wins the game, it’s having participated and having fun (at least that’s what I tell myself when I lose :). Games like Never Have I Ever (Family Edition) and Clue (I’m a fan of the classic edition but there is also a Junior version) start fun family conversations. While other games like Othello (2 player game), Rummikub and Yahtzee can help kids find their love of math and numbers.
If you have any of your own summer traditions for preparing for school, leave them in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!
Have a great 2019-20 school year!