Every weekend I take Fox shopping with me — whether it be for groceries, necessary errands, or just for fun. It’s something we’ve started up since his little brother was born as a bonding moment for just the two of us. We frequently stop at Tuesday Morning on these trips.
Last weekend we were on a mission to get into gear for back to school. We went straight to the spot we know is a one-stop-shop to cross off the major items on our list and get back to the weekend.
Here are the four categories we focused on and what we got!
It’s not just kids that need to get ready for back to school, it’s important for parents to have their ducks in a row too! I picked up a cute planner, handy notepad, and a magnetic board that actually stands out amongst my decor to ensure no early dismissals or swim lessons are missed. I also scooped up some Sarabeth’s French Vanilla Fresh Ground Coffee, because coffee is totally necessary to keep up these busy days!
Brushing Up On Old Skills
Fox nailed down his ABCs a long time ago, but it’s important that children have a solid foundation with a quick refresh before starting on the next steps. He found this really cool alphabet learning kit as well as a Melissa & Doug puzzle that is helping him learn how to read as he brushes up on letters. Speaking of reading, we snagged the book The One Day House by Julia Durango, which I highly recommend for messages of compassion, community, and culture. Drawing and painting is also a priority in getting ready for another school year. Creativity is key!
Learning Something New
I made the mistake of walking by the “book” section a few too many times without further investigation. Turns out, there’s some serious treasures on those shelves! The first thing that caught my eye was a workbook called Scissor Skills (another find from Melissa & Doug, which was triple the price at an online retailer at Christmastime) where he can practice cutting on the line and creating paper scenes. We also found dry-erase math books and facts about the human body for $2.99 a piece. His newest obsession? All things STEM! Check out the microscope kit we snagged for $4.99.
Setting the Stage
A few weeks ago I was drowning in work and wondered why I couldn’t keep focus. I figured out that not sitting at a desk was slowing me down and making it hard to keep productivity going. I want Fox to have the best shot possible, so I created a desk setup for him to work and create at. If he’s not feeling it, that’s okay too because I found a cozy lap desk for him too when he’s drawing things like “the face in a window.”