The ads have been in the paper for a couple of weeks now. Various stores advertising clothing and office supply sales. It can only mean one thing: back to school time is upon us.
This year, I have both boys in school, and it’s a whole new ball game. After issues with both the elementary school and the preschool, we are trying cyber school. This has been an option we’ve discussed for the last several years, but the time has come to give it a try. After finding out our middle school only offers advanced math and no other classes in the curriculum to challenge my 6th grader, and with the Kindergartener’s multiple severe food allergies combined with the autism and SPD, we feel this is what is best for our family.
With this great opportunity comes many changes. We still get to do back to school shopping, because we need the basics since our supply is low from helping the classroom last year. I need paper, notebooks, pencils, pens, crayons, markers, etc. for our home classroom. I need to replenish the craft bin since I’ll essentially be a Kindergarten teacher this year. I need to meal plan for not only dinners but lunches as well for all of us. One good thing for my wallet is that I don’t really need to buy the boys any clothes. I’ve been looking at the sales for the next size where the boys need items, and re-stocking socks and underwear since they’re on sale, but right now, no one needs any major clothing purchases.
One thing that can make all of this back to school shopping easier is a back to school guide like this one with a lot of great brands featuring their back to school items and deals:
My Kindergartener doesn’t really understand that he won’t be going to school in the traditional sense anymore, but I’m not really sure how much he got from a two day a week half day program anyway. My 6th grader and I are both excited. The boys will have classes tailored to their strengths and weaknesses, they will both be exposed to foreign language (which I could do even if the school didn’t offer it), we will have the support of the programs of the cyber school and family outings as this is a large homeschooling area, and I think their favorite part – they get to eat the food they like at home that mom cooks.
My favorite part is that I won’t have to wake my older child up at an earlier time for middle school because there were a lot of days that getting him our the door by 8:30am for elementary school was a stretch and a chore.
How do you prepare for the school year? Does your family have any back to school traditions? Do you shop at one store, or hunt for the deals?
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