Tag Archives: Back to School

School Styling

Although we all tried to shut our eyes from the Back to School ads and catalogues which began to appear in mid-July, the time has come. And, although some kids can’t wait to try out their finely sharpened No. 2’s or open a crisp, clean notebook (mini iPads have not taken over all forms of note taking, right?), there are those young scholars who may need and appreciate a surprise hidden in their dusted off backpacks.

Yes, of course, there are the required paper goods assigned to each grade but why stop there? Instead, throw in a few other school supplies…just because you are a cool parent and your child worked their tush off practicing their writing skills over the Summer by journaling or writing letters from camp (or not). And, oh, you want to encourage handwriting as often as possible.

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Any student will feel cool having their very own Petite Pink Notebook for personal needs…a place to scribble down a locker code, a reminder of an after-school sports equipment, Homecoming Dance Committee meeting time, and the new teacher’s favorite baked good.

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I believe texting is a big No-No during class these days. Instead, why not encourage a little note writing with these letterpress Mini Note Pads? If my child was caught passing a handwritten note, I have to say I’d probably smile to know they were writing vs. texting! Sorry teachers.

For those high schooler or college bound kids…

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This Eagle Letter and Pencil Pouch actually makes you look hip. Proven fact.

yellowpencil_1024x1024The Mechanical Pens and Ballpoint Wood Pencils from Delfonics bring young, serious writers to another level…Might also grab the professor’s attention as well.

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Step aside Mead notebooks, make way for the show stopping Gold Polka Dot Notebook.

Before you zip up the lunch box, include a handwritten note to brighten up their day!

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These Library Cards would catch any kid’s attention inside an echoey cafeteria. My dear friend, a 4th grade teacher, is using the cards as name tags on school lockers.

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For the jokesters in the family, these printable Lunch Note Jokes from All for the Boys will keep the cafeteria scene light. The blank notes are perfect for your own jokes or sentiments.

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Pssst…my last suggestion; Be the only parent with a little Summer left in them and throw in a few Tattoo Sets in their backpack. Even children need reminders of the moments of freedom and playfulness you’d all like to hold onto for just a bit longer.

Chalk Dust

The temps in the midwest are breaking records but that doesn’t stop school from kicking off. And as much as we enjoy the summer days which turn into late night activities, I am ready for structure. Kids crave routine, even when they don’t realize it, is my belief. With early-risers in the house, the start time for school doesn’t throw us off; however, I know it’s a time for adjustment for many.

Helping Kids Transition to a New Schedule

If you’re looking for support with this transition to school, Moomah, the online magazine, has provided a simple and useful technique, the family chalkboard. The key is to allow the children to write down their own goals within their mourning routine. By handing over the power of the chalk, kids may enjoy creating their own schedule to kick off the season, one which could potentially stick. A little chalk dust is good for any kid. 

Aside from the supply lists your school asks you to assemble, who says a parent doesn’t need a set of his or her own clever new pencils during the back to school season?

Since regular yellow Number 2’s are so yesterday, the New Black Pencil Set from Fred & Friends  will keep you on the hipster edge. Write on. (more this month on freshening up office supplies!)

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(Emmett heading off to 2nd grade!)

 Now if we could only stop time for few moments.