Category Archives: General

First Day of School Photo Ideas

Are your kids starting school this month? Why not commemorate the day with a fun back-to-school photo? Many parents are getting super crafty with all of the first day photos. You may or may not be a super crafty parent. But we are going to give you some incredible tips that will help you to get that super-crafty first day at school photo without a lot of work.

Check out theses fun and simple ideas:

You can even try chalkboards for a quick and interchangeable look every year:

 

Back-To-School: What Teacher’s Want From Parents

For many of us August is back-to-school time. While we are busy buying for our own kids and getting them ready, their teachers are buying for dozens of students. It can be tough for parents, especially parents of multiple school-age kids to help out in the classroom, or even to help out by purchasing items for the classroom. But it really isn’t that expensive or time-consuming to pick up a few of the things once or twice a school year to help out our children’s teachers.

When there are budget cuts some of the first items to go are what schools consider “extras” in the classroom. This includes:

Tissues

Hand Sanitizer

Clorox or Sanitizing wipes

pencils

erasers

paper

Many parents see these items on the list at the beginning of the school year. We don’t really think that they are all that important. We buy pencils, paper, and erasers for our child. Each of these is often lost within the first few weeks of school. But we do not usually buy more. Mainly because we don’t stop to think how often a child will lose these items, or the fact that they will not come to us when they do lose them. They will go to their teacher. Their teacher will dig in to their own supplies and share. But think about this happening with how many students your child has in one class. Most public school classes range from 32-40 students. This adds up, very quickly.

Purchasing a few extra boxes of pencils, paper, and erasers is simple. You can even buy them at bulk stores and get a lot of them for very little money. You could even go to dollar stores and buy many for very little money.

The big thing parents don’t realize helps so much in the classroom is hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, and tissues. Schools are germ factories. Honestly, I’m pretty sure that the CDC doesn’t actually need offices they should just sit in a classroom and bring some petrie dishes with them. That being said, our kids learn better when they are in class. They will be in class more often if they do not get sick so often. Having a clean classroom and practicing safe and healthy habits in class like using tissues and washing their hands contributes to their own health, the health of others, and even allows everyone to have more learning time and less down time!

Tissues, sanitizer, and clean wipes are often not very expensive at all. They come in many different styles, types, and sizes. Its easy to buy them, and it gives HUGE piece of mind.

DID YOU KNOW:

Parents can also help collect box tops from their favorites food items at home and donate them to their child’s teacher. Box tops are often collected by schools and certain companies will donate money or supplies to schools for them. It requires little-to-no effort. Simply collect them at home and send them to school.

We hope that everyone has a great back-to-school time, and we hope very few germs head back home!

Manners: What’s Important to You as a Parent?

As parents we have our make or break topics. One of mine is manners. My kid doesn’t have to be the smartest in their class, they don’t have to be the best player on their team, but by golly they better have the best manners wherever they go.

I try to model good behavior. I say please, thank you, you’re welcome, etc. I smile when I speak to someone. I try not to be mean to customer service people, and if I see someone in need of help (a door that could be opened, a hand that can be offered, I do my best). I want my children to do the same. The world is such a large and busy place, but with just a smile, and a little politeness it doesn’t seem quite so frightening. Now I am not expecting my children to help a stranger, they know there are limits because of safety. However, when they see a teacher at school struggling with their books opening the classroom door, or a fellow student unable to zip their backpack, I have noticed them helping. What warms my heart the most? When they help their siblings, without being prompted.

So what is so great about manners? They aren’t much when you think in the grand scheme of things. But we have all seen those commercials where one small good deed sets of a string of good deeds, that can eventually change someone’s entire day, or their entire life. It is the small things that make the big things happen. So I try very hard to incorporate manners in to my life, and my children’s lives.

Manners are simple little things to add in to our daily lives, so take a look at some of the ways manners are described by KidsTime. Do you have any manners you and your family practice that you think should be added?