Thursday, August 14, 2014

Prepping for School: My Favorite Supplies!

As a mom and a teacher, I feel I have a pretty good idea of what works and what doesn’t as far as school supplies go.  When I was teaching I remember those lunch boxes that were so hard to shut or shoes that we always had to spend an extra minute tying.  Every minute counted in the classroom to keep our kiddos on schedule and in our routine….The same goes for at home with 2 kids.

Here is a list of my favorite items as a mom and a teacher:

We will be using our lunchbox from Pottery Barn Kids for a second year in a row. We have the “Classic”.   It is big, durable, thermal insulated and easy to clean.  We got it on sale; usually the following year’s patterns go on sale towards the end of the summer.

We bought her backpack at Pottery Barn Kids and will be using it for a second year.  I chose not to get her name on it so little sister can use it when big sis grows out of it.  We have the “small.”  It was a little big when she started preschool, but it was never too heavy for her to carry on her back.  The “mini” was too small to fit her school folder, lunchbox, sharing toy and other miscellaneous items that find their way into her backpack.

Re-usable Snack bags and containers: Amazon and Klean Kanteen
I am a huge fan of re-usable containers.  I love Good Lunch snack bags for all the dry items I pack in her lunch.  They wash well and even better when you line-dry them.

For storing fruit, turkey slices (anything moist) I love Klean Kanteen containers.  They are a little heavy in her lunchbox, but I would rather use these than plastic.  There are a bunch of other brands out there also.

I love Native Shoes!  They are easy to slip on, clean well and look really cute!  Do your teachers a huge favor and do not put your kiddos in tie shoes or any shoes that are hard to put on.  Kids love, and feel successful, when they can do it on their own. Native Shoes are a win, win for everyone!

What are some of your favorite products? I’d love to hear about them too!

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