Didn’t summer just begin?!? Everyone around me is talking about back to school planning and store ads are filled with deals for back to school supplies.
I know a few homeschool moms that are so organized and planned they have curriculum purchased in the spring and are ready for the new school year in early summer. That is NOT me! Although I like structure and a well prepared plan, it never works for me to organize our back to school too early.
There are a few things I will share that I have found helpful in preparing for and starting a new school year:
- Prayerfully make curriculum decisions. You don’t want to spend money on books that are not going to work for you or your kids. Consider your own learning style as well as your kids. You have to be able to understand how to teach it. (Learned this one the hard way)
- Make a list of the supplies you have, and what you need. With the ages of my children, I’m beginning to be able to reuse curriculum and only purchase student text books. Definite money saver with multiple kids!!!
- Attend used curriculum sales. This is a great way to save money on curriculum and to talk to the other homeschoolers about their experience with the curriculum. Be sure you attend with your supply list of what you need!!!
- When you find a really good deal on new supplies like crayons and pencils, buy extra. It’s less expensive to get it now rather then paying full price if you run out later. Also, those extra crayons are great for an Operation Christmas Child box.
- Buy each of your kids a new clothing item or outfit for the first day of school. I remember how much fun it was to start school with new clothes. Whether I can afford a full outfit, or just a fun new shirt off a clearance rack, the littles are always excited to wear something new on their first day of school. Even a thrift store find is exciting and new to them.
- Establish some traditions for the first week of school. Easing into a new school year is always smoother with some fun activities. Each year I have conducted a back to school interview of each of the littles. Download the full questionaire <<<here>>>They enjoy comparing how much they have grown from last year, and I enjoy seeing how their answers change. We also color, cut out and laminate bookmarks. Really, do you ever have enough book marks?!?
Here are a few sites where we’ll be getting some of this years printable bookmarks:
Dr. Seuss bookmark at Simple as that
Free color and cut Lil’ Monster bookmarks at Everyday Mom Ideas
Many options of free color and cut printable bookmarks at DLTK Crafts for Kids
Author Jan Brett has a number of beautifully illustrated bookmarks available to print and cut.
With all this talk about school, I’m beginning to get our final curriculum orders made. In the name of all things summer, I am stubbornly refusing to organize the classroom or to set a start date for school. There’s still too many sunny summer days before I have to think about that…..right?!?