How We Prepared for Pre-K

How We Prepared for Pre-K

There’s something about the beginning of a school year that gives me a sense of nostalgia. It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address (name that movie). I remember being a kid and getting so excited about picking out my new school supplies and outfits – carefully planning my first day of school ensemble. Needless to say, since A is heading to pre-school this year (today was her first day), I just couldn’t help myself. She’s been in preschool for 2 years but this is the first year she’s held to a school calendar and schedule. So even though she’s still at the same school, this year feels different and we’re all taking it very seriously. While she doesn’t actually need any supplies for the classroom, we wanted to be sure to have everything we need to support and reinforce her learning at home. Thankfully, Walmart.com‘s everyday low prices and smart rollbacks made it convenient and affordable (I saved 15% compared to a competitor!). Here’s what we did to prep for A’s first day of Pre-K.

The Walmart.com website is super easy to use and is great for busy moms like me. Plus, opening the packages when they arrive is so much fun (for me and my girls!)

Supplies

Toward the end of last year, A’s preschool teacher sent some homework home that we didn’t have the supplies for (glue, safety scissors, etc.). Determined to not be stuck in that bind ever again, I logged on to Walmart.com and picked out everything she could possibly need should she have homework this year: crayons, markers, colored pencils, scissors, glue, pencils, construction paper, and a super cute case for it all, of course. Walmart always has the best prices on that stuff so it’s always my go-to.

Workbooks

A’s teacher mentioned she doesn’t expect to have homework this year like she did last year. Well, A loved the weeks she got homework last year so I picked up some preschool workbooks and handwriting paper for her to go through at home. Todd and I are committed to doing at least 3 pages a week with her so she’s more than ready for Kindergarten. She turns 5 next month but she misses the state’s birthday cut-off by 17 days so I’m not-so-secretly hoping her future-Kindergarten teacher will think she’s a genius and skip her ahead to first grade so I don’t have an 18 year old high-school senior in 13 years. I also couldn’t help myself and had to pick out a Lisa Frank folder to keep all her artwork and whatnot that she brings home. I mean, it’s Lisa Frank! You can’t not buy it.

Style

A already has her own sense of style, so she and I sat down on the sofa together with Walmart.com pulled up on my laptop and she picked out what she wanted to wear on her first day of school. Of course, she picked something with ruffles and sequins – totally her. My girl is all about the glam and I’m all about the price! Her little dress was less than $10 (!!!) and is great quality. I wanted to surprise her so I picked out an ah-dorable unicorn backpack (which was also less than $10). Seriously, y’all. I die over this thing. The cutest. She loves it, too!

Before the First Day

Leading up to her first day, we made sure to go to her school’s Open House so A could meet her new teacher and see her new classroom. We also had a “test run” where she put on her dress (mainly because she wanted to) and we walked through her new routine. My girl is a creature of habit so we find it really helps her to talk through things multiple times so she knows what to expect.

On the First Day

Today (on Day 1) we made sure to set our alarms and have everything we needed laid out. We had been hyping up Pre-K for weeks, so A was super excited. We snapped some pics of A holding the obligatory “First Day” sign and then our entire family of 4 walked into school, gave A hugs and kisses, and left her for her first day. I admit, I was kinda sad and so was my husband but we didn’t let her see it one bit. When I picked her up in the afternoon, she was so excited to tell me all about her day; it made my mama heart beyond happy. Now the challenge will be to keep up the momentum and use all our new goodies from Walmart.com to keep her learning, even at home.

Side Note: This week may seem early for school to start but in Georgia we have “year round” schooling which means that summer is only 8 weeks long but students get week long breaks throughout the year: Fall Break in September, Thanksgiving Break in November, Christmas Break (2 weeks), Winter Break in February, and then Spring Break in April/May. 

When do your kids start school? How do you reinforce their learning at home? Tell me below! And don’t forget to stock up on your supplies at Walmart.com!

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    • Shannnon
      August 7, 2017 / 6:07 pm

      Thanks!! She’s been doing great!!

  1. August 5, 2017 / 9:14 am

    Looks like she’s all set! Love her little outfit. And I totally agree, I want to buy myself school supplies 😂

    • Shannnon
      August 5, 2017 / 9:42 am

      I won’t judge you if you do! xo

  2. August 4, 2017 / 12:27 am

    Walmart is our go to for supplies too! I saw that backpack and it is adorbs. I wish we had year around school out here because summers are sooo long. I love her dress too so sweet!

    • Shannnon
      August 4, 2017 / 8:22 am

      Thanks, girl!! They really do have the best prices! Also, I think it’s time for you to move to GA 😂

  3. August 3, 2017 / 10:07 pm

    Great tips, love the photos and my daughter loves unicorn backpack…thinking of getting one too

    • Shannnon
      August 4, 2017 / 8:21 am

      Thanks! I want to keep the backpack for myself 😂

  4. August 3, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    We are currently obsessing over Unicorns here right now, too! I love that both Cat & Jack and Carter’s have some cute pieces with them. Blaire is over the moon about them all! haha. And omg, seeing Lisa Frank gives me all of the nostalgia! It takes me back to being in grade school in an instant! Love it!

    • Shannnon
      August 3, 2017 / 9:41 pm

      Aw yay! Love that. And Lisa Frank is Bae. 😂😂

  5. August 3, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    That unicorn backpack is so cute!! Declan starts full time pre-school end of this month so I need to get his supplies!!! The timing of this post was perfect!

    • Shannnon
      August 3, 2017 / 6:02 pm

      Thanks, girl! I hope he starts strong!!

  6. August 3, 2017 / 3:49 pm

    Love all the back-to-school goodies! My girls already returned to school few weeks ago and I can’t believe how fast their elementary school years are passing by. Enjoy every moment!

    • Shannnon
      August 3, 2017 / 6:02 pm

      They went a few weeks ago?! That’s crazy!

  7. August 3, 2017 / 12:14 pm

    All the feels! I love her little backpack! I tried to get Isa to grab the unicorn but she went with Shopkins. ugh. LOL

    • Shannnon
      August 3, 2017 / 6:03 pm

      Ugh. I hate it when they have their own opinion. LOL. Kidding.

  8. Noelle
    August 3, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    Such an exciting time!!

    • Shannnon
      August 3, 2017 / 6:03 pm

      It really is!

  9. August 3, 2017 / 11:28 am

    Girl, That unicorn backpack has me wanting to run out and pick one up for my one year old! orrr, Maybe for..ME! lol

    • Shannnon
      August 3, 2017 / 6:03 pm

      Definitely for you! LOL

  10. August 3, 2017 / 10:44 am

    My baby is headed to kindergarten this year. I can hardly believe it. Since her first day of 3K and last year 4K her love of school is obvious and her excitement to turn the page and be a big Kindergartner is very clear. I made school shopping easy on myself and ordered at target.com. They had our school list online and put everything we needed in our cart already and all I had to do was check if we wanted it or uncheck if we wanted something different. At first I felt terrible about not giving her the experience to go school shopping with me because as a kid I loved everything about it-spending time with my mom and sisters, the smell of school supplies, the sharp pencils and new crayons, all the bright colored folders, etc. However, there were a few things on her list I decided that are meant for her to pick out, like she wanted a specific Hello Kitty back pack and you’ve gotta let a girl pick out her own shoes and clothing. So, we plan on having a 1:1 mom and daughters day doing this part of back to school shopping. This mama is going to have a full on waterworks show come school day #1-how is my baby already 5? Time sure does fly, but it sure is a good feeling seeing them thrive, grow, spread their wings and develop into their own little person and know that we as her parents have had a big hand in the little person she has developed into. Gosh-it just give me all the feels. Good luck to your little one spreading her wings. I bet you are one proud Mama, I know I am:)

    • Shannnon
      August 3, 2017 / 6:04 pm

      That will be so special! I definitely plan on having school supply shopping dates when my girls are older. They grow so fast so it’s important to make the most out of everything. And, I definitely am a proud mama! Thanks for reading!

  11. August 3, 2017 / 6:20 am

    That book bag! My girls would freak! We got a trolls one with fuzzy hair but I know if they saw the Fluffy Unicorn they would go bonkers 🙂 They grow so fast. I have one in 1st, one in kindergarden, and one that just turned two <3

    • Shannnon
      August 3, 2017 / 9:52 am

      The Trolls one sounds super cute, too! And, they really do grow so fast!

  12. August 2, 2017 / 11:46 pm

    How scary is it that your little is going off to preschool:O As much as I’m counting down the days for him to be old enough, I’m also totally not ready. As a lover of all things school supplies, maybe it would be moment.

    • Shannnon
      August 2, 2017 / 11:52 pm

      Buy the school supplies for yourself and keep him little as long as you can! 🙂

  13. August 2, 2017 / 11:42 pm

    Ok, I’m loving that dress and backpack! She’s a stylish little thing! Walmart is often overlooked because it isn’t the “cool” place to shop but they truly have the best deals.

    • Shannnon
      August 2, 2017 / 11:51 pm

      Thank you! She was so proud of both! And you’re so right – their prices are the best!

  14. August 2, 2017 / 11:39 pm

    My how fast this summer went! Looks like she is already with her cute dress and school supplies! My daughter would love that unicorn backpack ❤️

    • Shannnon
      August 2, 2017 / 11:40 pm

      It went way too fast!! I think I might keep the backpack for myself. 🙂

  15. August 2, 2017 / 10:45 pm

    This is such a sweet post! I hope she had a great first day. I am like you and love back to school shopping so that is one thing I am looking forward to as Aiden gets older.

    • Shannnon
      August 2, 2017 / 11:29 pm

      Aw thank you! She had a great day!

  16. August 2, 2017 / 10:27 pm

    What a cutie and love all this back to school gear! I wish all states did the yearly school…so much better for them. Love her first day photos and that will be perfect to do every year 😊

    • Shannnon
      August 2, 2017 / 11:30 pm

      There are pros and cons to the year round schooling for sure. Thanks so much for reading and your kind words!

  17. Nicole Anderson
    August 2, 2017 / 9:41 pm

    I like that you prepared her for the first day. I especially liked that you did a run through with her at the open hose day. it can sometimes be a little daunting to little ones. i love that she has been encouraged to have her own style already.

    • Shannnon
      August 2, 2017 / 11:30 pm

      She definitely has her own style but she humors me a lot still. Thanks for reading!!

  18. Sumer
    August 2, 2017 / 6:23 pm

    Yay! How exciting!! And I’m the exact same way about school supplies. Give me allllll the construction paper, crayons, & pencils. I’m completely obsessed! Best of luck to her (and you) this school year!

    • Shannnon
      August 2, 2017 / 6:24 pm

      Thank you Sumer! We’re all excited!

    • Shannnon
      August 2, 2017 / 6:22 pm

      Thank you! I kinda wanna keep it for myself!

  19. August 2, 2017 / 6:05 pm

    Love her dress and those photos of you two! So Sweet!!

    • Shannnon
      August 2, 2017 / 6:22 pm

      Aw thank you! She’s so proud of having picked it out herself!

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