Preparing for back to school

The first day of school is coming soon - are you ready?

The first day of school is coming soon – are you ready?

Summer may be in full swing, but the new school year is fast approaching. Time for backpacks, school supplies, lunch boxes, homework and sports gear. This year, I am joining the ranks. My daughter will begin kindergarten this fall.

It’s hard to imagine that she has reached this stage; it feels like she should still be crawling around the house, learning to talk. But alas, Pre-K graduation has past, and kindergarten is on the horizon.

To be 100% honest, I don’t know if I will be ready. My daughter asks every day, “When do I get to go to kindergarten?” So obviously, she is raring to go.

In order to make sure she is as prepared as possible, we have invested in a few kindergarten workbooks. You can find these at retailers (such as Walmart or CVS) or bookstores, where they have all grade levels, as well as books to focus on certain subjects. And the best thing about these books is that she loves them!

Kindergarten workbooks

Kindergarten workbooks

And it isn’t ‘Back to School’ without school supply shopping. Every year, stores have stands covered in school supply lists for various grades and schools in the area. Rather than passing by without a second glance, I will have to grab a cart and fill it with crayons, tissues, notebook paper and all the other necessities required for the classroom.

Personally, I remember being able to fit all my supplies in my backpack for the first day; now you need a wagon or wheelbarrow just to get everything in the door. I will definitely be stocking up on personalized labels to keep my daughter organized.

But it doesn’t end with crayons and paper. Gotta shop for backpacks, lunch boxes, clothes, shoes, etc. Personalized back to school supplies

Even though she’s only 5, my daughter definitely has her own opinions and sense of style. I cannot count the number of times I have been informed that something doesn’t “match” or just isn’t right. Did I mention she’s only 5? What am I going to do when she’s a teenager?

Tax Free Weekend and Back to School sales are already on my radar. I have already begun to plan my next order of luggage tags to attach to all her school and activity bags.

I also know that I will be completely scatter-brained trying to keep track of everything. Between school functions, cheerleading and dance classes, I will definitely be using weekly calendars. They’re perfect for organizing my week either by activity or by child.

I am also one of “those” moms who are not afraid to ask the teacher exactly what’s going on at any given moment. So, personalized note cards and memo pads are perfect for getting my many questions to and from school.

As for the dreaded first day, I’m sure I will be an emotional wreck. I will be enjoying the parent’s breakfast the school provides (the Boo Hoo Breakfast) and counting down the minutes until the day is over. And when the day is done, and she is excitingly describing her entire day, I can relax – until it’s my son’s turn.