I’m getting ready to buy school supplies. Usually I wait until all the traditional schools go back to school and everything is put on clearance, but we’re getting ready to start school on Monday, so it would be nice to have some fresh supplies to get us started. Plus, this weekend is tax-free weekend, so I might as well catch some sales and save on tax too. The thought of trying to take my kids to the store when it is so busy makes me shudder, but it is bound to happen at some point. So I made this free back to school scavenger hunt printable to help keep them focused while we shop.
Even as homeschoolers we purchase a lot of the same types of school supplies, so that we can stay organized throughout the year.
But in addition to the traditional school supplies, I always make sure to stock up on lots of brand-new craft supplies and materials to make school a fun, hands-on experience.
I keep EVERYTHING in our supply closet, so that we can pull them out at a moments notice to use for learning. Plus, the kids have access to those supplies almost all the time for independent creating. (I do store things that would not be appropriate for Shiloh on higher shelves.)
My goal is provide my children with the supplies to encourage them to learn on their own and be excited about it. We tried the workbook approach for a few months. We tried computer learning for a few months. Each of those efforts felt like I was pulling teeth with no medication… So I dropped all the worksheets and we’ve gone to the things that my kids love: books & creating.
Our Favorite School Themed Books For Kids:
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Once your child’s creativity is sparked with this fun activity, take it a step further with these engaging resources:
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Curious George’s First Day of SchoolI Like To Be Kind: Children’s Book About Kindness for Preschool (Emotions & Feelings book for preschool)The Kissing Hand (The Kissing Hand Series)See You Later, AlligatorOur Class is a FamilyBenny the Brave in The First Day Jitters (Team Supercrew Series): A children’s book about big emotions, bravery, and first day of school jitters.
Download the Free Back to School Scavenger Hunt here.
What about you? Do you purchase everything before school starts or do you try to get lucky and aim for the clearance aisles after school starts?