Posts Tagged ‘back to school’

Back to School By The Numbers

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 by by

Well, the school year got back into full swing at the end of August, and while I was sad to say “good-bye” to time with the kids, I was also more than ready to say “hello” to routine…and freedom.

School started for Hayden on a Monday and the rest of the kids followed suit on Wednesday.  Unlike years past when the first day consisted of a brief 4 hours of class time, this year they instituted a full day right out of the gate.  I told myself that I would take a break from thinking/working/chores/projects, etc. during the first half week, but once Labor Day was over I would dive into all of the projects and activities that had laid fallow all summer long.  Buuuuut…as we all know, the best laid plans don’t always go accordingly.

Let’s start with the good stuff:

Hayden’s first day:

Hayden has grown about 50 feet over the summer.  No joke.   (more…)


We’re Never Gonna Make It

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012 by by

School starts Monday.  As in less than a week from today.  We are in big trouble.  BIG trouble.

How do I know?  Here are a few clues that we are behind the 8-ball.

This kid is still asleep.  It’s 10:00.  I’ve been waking him up for over an hour now.  The bus comes at 6:33 a.m.  Good luck!

This is me cooking breakfast…or as the rest of the world calls it at 9:40 a.m. – brunch.

I made myself some notes about times relevant to back-to-school.  Problem is, I have no idea (more…)

Back To School Night

Saturday, October 8th, 2011 by by

We were very excited to go to Haven’s back to school night.  She was looking forward to it and wanted to see all her old friends and meet her new teacher.  So far, she is doing an excellent job.  She has had two tests and both of them were 100% …. so we’ve done a bit of a party dance.

I was hoping Haven would be enjoying school as much as last year, but she says she is a little bored and it’s just not interesting.  This is a bit concerning to me.  She reads like a crazy woman, and I think it’s just not challenging enough for her – not to mention she really argues with us about having to do PE class.  On with the rest of the year. Teacher conferences are coming up.

She will be home half of this week due to the flu mist at school.  She is not allowed to attend because she has a weak immune system.

First Day: The Review

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 by by

“How was the first day of school?”

“It was great! I love school!”

“That’s fantastic, Bob! What was the best part?”

“The best was snack-time and the snack I brought from home.”


Lessons from Kindergarten

Thursday, September 1st, 2011 by by

We are learning an awful lot from kindergarten – *we* being me and Will, not Troy. Sure, he’s learning quite a bit, but the lessons seem to be more for us than anything (me more than Will though).

1) I am a control freak. Yep. I had an idea I had issues, but until Troy started school, I had no idea how much of one. In Preschool, his teacher gave us a folder every day that had something in it – a great day sticker, homework, a letter, work from the day… I loved knowing what was going on. Kindergarten, not so much. I know it’s hard for 18-21 students, so I understand, but I feel so lost and frustrated not know how he’s doing. In his words, he’s behaving and doing everything right, but is he……..???

2) I had no idea that I needed to explain to throw away the trash from lunch. Didn’t realize that he would bring home leftover pudding UNCOVERED, banana peels, mandarin orange cups with juice still in it. His lunch bag has been used a total of 4 days and it’s disgusting.

3) I didn’t realize that I also needed to explain that as sweet as it is to want Will to be included, he needed to be told NOT to try to save popsicles for him. And here I was worrying more about letters, numbers, social skills…..

4) When parents told me to expect my child to be hungry after school, they did not tell me that he would act like he hadn’t eaten in weeks. Yesterday after school, he had 4 PB crackers, fruit snacks, raisins, and carrots, and BEGGED FOR MORE!

5) On the same note, yes, I was warned that he would be a little tired and grumpy, but I was not expecting that every day at 5pm, he would act like he was possessed.

6) Will has learned that he gets a lot of attention at pick up and really likes it, so let’s just say, he’s very good at getting it. (In other words, he’s LOUD!)

7) Will also has learned that he misses his big brother. He enjoys his time one on one, but he’s refusing to nap because I mentioned that after nap, we would go pick up Troy. Soooo, in toddler rationale, I won’t nap, so therefore, we pick Troy up now.

There are more, but since I must go deal with the child having a party in his room…..

A back to school project

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 by by

Yesterday, the big kids had their 4-H awards ceremony, where they got certificates, pins, and ribbons for the project books completed earlier in the year. When I have more than one free hand, I will find the photos and give you all the juicy details. Having a toddler along for the ride magically made two hours of festivities seem like an all-day torture.

Back to the reason for the occupied hand: yesterday evening, the kids came in, clamoring about a kitten lying in the road. I went out and didn’t see anything, and then a little black shape slipped under a fence into someone’s backyard. Alexei wanted me to toss him over the fence so he could get the kitten, and he was rather upset when I told him that A) there was no way on earth I was throwing him into a backyard of people who weren’t home, and B) we’d probably never catch it. End of story.

That would be too easy, right? (more…)

Back to school

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 by by

Today was our first day back to school after a leisurely summer break. A first day of school juggling three elementary students in different grades and a rambunctious toddler goes something like this:

I kick everyone out of bed and make them get dressed and assembled for school pictures. An opportunity to torture children with the camera would be a pity to pass up.

Alexei is in 5th this year and has an attitude to match.



Back to School Prep

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 by by

This week, I’ve been trying to get The Older back into the grove of going to bed at 7:30 pm and doing ‘work.’ In the beginning of summer, I was really good at making sure he read for at least 30 minutes a day and works on second grade worksheets, but when the move came, I slacked. A lot. Badly. So, getting back into the rhythm has been hard, but he’s whining less, so I think we’re in the homestretch.

On of my favorite things to do with him are the Brain Quest books.

It’s easy to use, and the learning activities are fun for him. For instance, today we worked on reading (reading a poem, locating the rhyming words, and then thinking up his own), math (figuring out how many coins equal a particular sum and such), and phonics (using consonant clusters to finish words).

While The Older and I work on his book, The Younger uses the time to sit at her desk/easel to color and use a sticker book.

I like that they both feel involved with what we’re doing, and I can divide my attention equally. I’m hoping that once school starts and The Older starts bringing homework to be done, we can make it a real “family time” so no one feels like they’re missing out on anything.

Texas Summer Giveaway Bash – HEB

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 by by

Can you believe summer is almost over? We’ve been to the beach about 3 times this summer (we live 45 minutes away), and we love that H-E-B is always easy to find, right along the main highway. It’s a must stop for us while in route to the beach. But enough about summer, H-E-B has a new promotion…

Yearning for some great back-to-school deals? Well head on over to H-E-B website. They have the best deal and even a Back-To-School Guide! And it doesn’t end there. You can even win a Year of Groceries and Back to school Shopping Spree! Click HERE to enter the giveaway.

Want to win a gift card to put towards your back to school savings? THREE readers will win receive a $20 H-E-B Gift Card!

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Texas Summer Giveaway Bash – Terracycle

Thursday, July 14th, 2011 by by

Are you excited for back-to-school?! I am just so excited. This next giveaway is packed full of awesome stuff that is fun for both moms and kids, as well as good for the environment, courtesy of Terracycle. TerraCycle is an awesome company that is reducing waste by finding creative was to use materials most of us would think of as garbage. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right?

TerraCycle pays non-profits and schools to collect used drink pouches, yogurt cups, chip bags, and more! Then, they turn those materials into awesome and affordable high quality products. If you would like to learn more about TerraCycle or sign up for waste collection programs, you can visit the site here. Many of the collections programs are free, and they will donate to a school of your choice!

We have a Yakpak backpack (pictured), an Urban Art Pot, a Vegetable Growing Kit, an Honest Kids pencil case, a mini Capri Sun notebook, and candy wrapper boombox speakers to giveaway all courtesy of TerraCycle. (more…)