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Before you speak, THINK: Back to School and Bullying

Many of our kids are back at school this month. This means they are back to the daily grind of making friends, doing math, reading, playing, and in some cases interacting with bullies. Now not everyone deals with bullying head on. Some kids are being bullied, some kids are witnessing someone being bullied, and some kids are the bully.

We are not here to judge. Kids are human. They have bad days, bad weeks, and bad lives. They are immature, uneducated, and in many cases being guided improperly or not at all. So it is understandable that bullying exists in their world. It is a part of learning how to deal with emotions, other people, and the world around them. Now when it exists into adulthood is when it is an obvious problem, and in many cases a choice or lifestyle.

In many cases with kids it can be helped, or prevented. As parents we can make our kids aware of the damage caused by bullying. The damage it causes to the victim and the bully, and to the people around them. Bullying come sin many forms, physical, emotional, and cyber are the main ones in childhood. Girls tend to stick to gossip, rumors, and leaving other people out. In today’s world this can happen in person at school, sports, activities, neighborhoods, and on the internet. However, girls are perpetrators of physical bullying as well. Boys tend to be more physical than emotional, but can use both. Combating bullying can be difficult. One of the major ways it has been found to be effectively dealt with though is addressing it before it starts. This means making sure all kids understand the results of their behavior and treatment of others.

Teachers Pay Teachers has an excellent tool for kids to address their actions before they do or say something. THINK. 

This little acronym addresses the things you should consider before saying or doing something. It is a quick reminder to THINK before you speak.

If you have a student going back to school, or you are a teacher preparing a classroom try printing or ordering this little sign. It is an excellent reminder to try to be kind and not hurt others, even if we don’t mean to hurt them.

Here at The Boy’s Store we hope that everyone has a safe and fun new year at school, and that everyone THINK’s before they speak! Enjoy!

Teacher Appreciation Day

As a former teacher I know how hard teachers work everyday. They are working to help us make better little humans. They work hard in the trenches day in and day out with kids that are loud, busy, and not always in the best mood. Sure we ALL do that, especially us moms. However, they do it with 30 kids or more in a classroom. ALL DAY LONG. I learned a long time ago that it can e a very thankless job. Especially if you get parents that believe they do not need to help or participate in their child’s education. So I have always made an effort to give back and volunteer in the classroom when I can. I also make sure to give a little token of our appreciation during Teacher Appreciation week. When my children were in preschool I even gave little gifts to the entire staff, because lets face it, toddlers are HARD and it takes a village.

This year all of my kids are in one teacher classrooms (my youngest is still home with me but will do preschool soon). This allows me to go a little bigger on gifts. This year I shared my ideas with the kids and they chose what they wanted for their teacher. I wanted to share my gifts and the options I was giving the kids. That way you can see how simple it can be to shower your teacher with a little appreciation.

String Art: We chose to go with an Apple String Art for our Kindergarten teacher this year. It was simple, sweet, and will hang in the room to keep the teacher smiling all year long. There is also a cute pencil version. We chose to make it ourselves, but you can always order at places like Etsy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mason Jar Gifts: These little gifts are perfect for adding something fun and functional to your teachers classroom. Since school supplies scan be hard to come by it is always nice to have them donated. With this you can give a sweet and customized mason jar and fill it with pens, markers, pencils, etc. Check out A Pumpkin and a Princess

Thanks A Latte: If you have a teacher that loves their coffee then this is perfect! You can even buy a special cup or mug or just dress it up like this! Simple, and appreciated. Check out Just Add Confetti for the tutorial and printable!

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 into 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. It’s easy to buy them, and it gives a 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!