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!)
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.
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.
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!