I love “Back to School.” Not for the clichéd reason of finally reclaiming my home after having the kids underfoot all summer long, but for a sincere and unfaltering affection for all things school-related. And I do mean ALL THINGS: teachers, books, binders, science projects, English papers, permission slips, study buddies, P.E., dioramas (do kids still make those?), recess and on and on. LOVE. IT. You might call me a bit of a “nerd” and you would be right.
I hope my children love school too. I’m trying to help them get into the swing of things by really embracing the Back to School rituals. First, the requisite trip to Staples for supplies. (No mater that we’re dealing with a Kindergartener and a pre-schooler…you can never be too prepared!) Here, a portion of our haul:
Unwrapping that decadent stack of unruled Index Cards might just be a close second to Christmas morning. And, I’m not quite sure what I will do with that candy colored buffet of Post-it notes, but I am sure that it will entertain me for hours. I’m even determined to get myself organized for the school year. I’ve started by filling up this sweet little “Supplies” bag with some essentials for the car and carpool.
As a parent, I am also using this moment as an opportunity to dig up some artifacts from my school days to amuse my children. My Mom was kind enough to unearth my first lunch box…
and a photo of First Grade me.
(First Grade wound up including a seminal moment when Mrs. Frankel demoted me from the “Advanced Reading Group” to the “Intermediates.” I’m sure she was over it the minute after she gently guided me to the neighboring table, but I probably spent the rest of my academic career trying to prove to her that I could hang with the “Speedy Readers.”)
Finally, this year in my house I decided to throw together an inaugural “Back to School Breakfast.”
I figured – rather than mourn the final days of summer – why not do something a little novel to get them excited about the year ahead? To wit, I set up a small table in the backyard and filled it with some school spirit.
Small buses with “chalkboard style” name tags for him…
Enjoying “le petit déjeuner:”
I’m also sending them off with a little something special.
I added an “XOXO” to these fun burlap bags that come outfitted with chalk board labels (you can actually erase and reuse these!)…
and filled them with these awesome Nikon Coolpix cameras. Look at how teeny tiny they are — smaller than a box of crayons!
And just right for little hands to manage.
My Dad is a gift giver extraordinaire, and I have to give him full credit for this awesome idea for my little ones. They are already a huge hit…with the kids running around the house taking pictures (and video!) of anyone & anything and then delighting in reviewing their handiwork. Who knows, maybe we’ll even use them for school projects?
However you choose to prepare for Back to School, here’s to a happy, healthy and fulfilling school year for parents, teachers and students alike. And to Mrs. Frankel -wherever you are- thank you for lighting a fire.
PS: If you are not already familiar with it, this is a great time of year to get to know “Donors Choose,” a truly creative non-profit that helps underprivileged students in our public schools by posting teachers’ descriptions of their classroom projects and the resources they need to execute them. Donors choose the school, the teacher, the project and the amount that they want to contribute.
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