It is Back to School Time Again
I love this time of year. Every day we are checking our mailbox for letters from teachers and class schedules for the older boys. I’ve begun stocking up on Crayola crayons and Ticonderoga pencils while they are on sale. I’ve been picking up the properly color coded folders and notebooks. (Here in Bismarck all subjects are color coded beginning in elementary school) Purple, for reading, is always the hardest to come by.
Last week I took the three younger boys for haircuts and then had them hunt around the mall for some new clothes. I don’t buy all of our school clothes at once, I’m too much of a bargain shopper for that. Instead, I picked up some jeans and shorts on end of season clearance sales and let the boys choose some new graphic t-shirts. I still have to take the teens shopping, but they are tougher to find things that fit them!
I also have new shoes for four boys on my list! Ouch!
The little boys still have backpacks that will work for this year and Dakotateen does as well, but our eighth grader needs a new pack. At this age, I finally invest in a good, long-term backpack. I like Jansport backpacks. They are long wearing, I had mine all the way through high school and college! (But I wait to buy them for my kids until right before high school, they cost a bit more than I like to spend and I wait until the kids are more responsible.)
I also need to work on getting the boys’ rooms clean ans set up for school again. In order for successful homework time, I think kids need a good place to study. A place set aside for studying alone. However, in summer, it seems that my children’s’ study areas have been overtaken by Lego!
We’ve ramped up our reading time again, not that we ever stop reading, but I watch it less in the summer. (I may or may not be a control freak. . .you decide!)
My kids are blessed. We may not be a wealthy family, but we have what we need. Dakotapastor and I are able to give our children proper school supplies, clothing and a space to learn and grow. However, we also realize that there are children who are much less fortunate than ours.
Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and Disney have partnered to launch the “Tools for Back to School” initiative. One of the features of this initiative is a fun, pop-quiz style game. For every correct answer that you score, school supplies are donated to BGCA.
BGCA has also teamed up with jcpenny. If you shop at jcp during the month of August you will have the opportunity to ’round-up’ your purchase to benefit BGCA.
Do you want to some more back to school tips? Head on over to the Tools For back to School page and click on the Get Ready Tips on the middle left hand side of the page. One of my favorites is this homework tipsheet!
Join me and other moms from Mom Central as we host a Boys and Girls Club Twitter Party on Thursday, August 23 from 3-4 EST! (that is my kids’ first day of school!)
I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Boys and Girls Club. I received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.
— Pam Thompson (@Dakotapam) August 10, 2012