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Now that my children are all graduated from high school, and this year, no one is even in college I feel a certain freedom as I watch everyone who still is in the midst of the back to school rush. I am not even substitute teaching anymore, so I have no "getting ready for school to start" worries at all! I wouldn't be telling the truth if I said that I don't miss it a bit. So, I am going to share some economical ways to finish getting your kids ready to go back to school by revamping a post that I did a couple of years ago. Consider this my homework and my way to get the back to school bug out of my system. I hope that it helps those of you still scrambling to get the last minute things that you need.
In AZ, school starts much earlier than in many other parts of the country. It seems strange because it is so much hotter here, you would think we could allow kids to enjoy their swimming pools just a little bit longer. On the upside, we do get out at the end of May, which is always nice.
Even though school has already started for many of you Arizonans, I know usually there are always a few little things that kids need that we forgot to pick up before school started. DollarTree was always my go to store for those last minute needs. Here are a few of the top items I love for back to school:
Now that DollarTree has their Jot brand of supplies, they are getting cuter and cuter! Like these composition books! Yes, they still have the regular black and white ones, but these are so darn cute! I would have loved these as a student!
A 4 pack of pocket folders for $1.00! These come in handy for students and teachers throughout the year. Keep notes in them, turn in reports, use them as homework folders or unfinished work folders in desks. The list goes on and on! If you want to make a donation to your child's classroom, these folders would really be appreciated. Teachers need them for so many things! When you order them online, they come 30 units in a pack. That is 120 folders for only $30.00!
For younger grades, look at these adorable animal folders! They come 2 in a pack! I love the owl and I know some kids who would love the unicorn!
Don't forget to have a study place for your children at home! Pencil holders can help keep things in order and help eliminate the search for pencils everyday at homework time!
For your little one's desk at home, you could try this idea:
I always liked students to have a hand pencil sharpener at their desk for colored pencils and so that they aren't always up sharpening at the noisy sharpener. These little owl sharpeners are my choice of course, but there are many other choices at DollarTree as well. They come in a 2 pack.
Flash Cards are a great thing to have at home to help your children hone their basic facts and skills. There are multiple kinds available at DollarTree. Make it a game to use them with your kids and learning becomes more fun and you will help them be more successful at school.
I could go on and on telling you about the myriad of useful things you can find at Dollar Tree.
There, that is my back to school work done! But, seriously, enjoy these days with your kids because they go by very quickly! Do all that you can to help them be successful and you will be so glad that you did when they are older, and so will they.
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!