In the kindergarten cubbies on the last day of school
With three kids headed off to school this fall (two in preschool, one in first grade), I’ve given a lot of thought to back to school preparations! Six-year-old Emma’s school shopping is all set; I’m still waiting to hear what four-year-old Johnny and three-year-old Lily need to bring to school. They will be in adjoining classes at the same school Johnny has gone to for the past year and a half. School for us starts in September, but we’re already talking about how many days of summer are left (Emma has actually been counting down summer since school ended in June), and what to expect on the first day of school. Emma has several kindergarten friends in her first-grade class. I don’t know who will be in Johnny and Lily’s classes, but Johnny will likely have at least one classmate from last year, and both kids have an orientation day and a preschool play date that Anna and I will attend with them before the school year begins. All three kids will have new teachers this fall.
I’m most nervous about getting four kids up and ready in time for school drop-off in the morning! I plan to have bags and lunches packed the night before, so all we need to do is get the kids into the car…
One thing I am keenly aware of, is how fortunate my kids are to attend excellent schools, and to come from a home full of educational opportunities and resources. I already wrote about the Bloggers Filling Backpacks fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of America (BGCA), and I’m happy now to share two other ways you can benefit BGCA this fall – one of which doesn’t require any money!
Disney has partnered with BGCA to create a pop-quiz style game, where supplies are donated to BGCA for every correct answer you score! Simply click on the “Supply Drive Game” option on the rotating menu on this page to play! I love that this is an easy way kids can make a difference, too! And, in August, jcpenney is offering shoppers to join jcp cares, rounding up purchases at the register to benefit BGCA!
BGCA has some fun tip sheets to help parents get ready for back to school – I found the Time Management Tips particularly useful!
What are your best back-to-school tips? I would love to hear from homeschoolers as well as parents sending their kids to school outside the home!
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.