As a kid, I can remember being so excited about back to school shopping. I loved the idea of new clothes and new notebooks. I was excited to get back and see my friends and meet my new teacher. (I know, I'm a geek!)
As a parent, the experience is so different. The start of a new school year causes me to stop and reflect. The kids seem to be growing so fast and the start of a new year helps cement the fact that they are a year older.
We try to make the first day special. Our school has an open house the Friday before school begins. A chance for the kids to bring in their school supplies, meet the teacher, see their classroom and their friends. This is a great way to ease into the year. Then, they celebrate the start of school by announcing their theme for the year and having a big balloon launch. We mark the first day with lots of pictures. We try to celebrate the first day of school with a special meal out - it worked every year until now. My husband had class that night, and we wanted to go as a family.
Somehow, it seems now that school has started, I have started to think about Christmas. Have you noticed all of the clearance deals on back to school supplies already? These back to school clearance sales are a great way to stock up on items for Christmas (and supplies that will need to be refreshed with the return to school after Christmas).
I am a big fan of creative gifts for my kids and others. I also find that many back to school supplies work well for the home and car. Here are some things that are great to stock up on for future gifts and use:
Running through this small list (I'm sure there are more creative uses for school supplies), makes me ready to head out and stock up.
This post shared at Works for Me Wednesday Back to School Tips.
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