Back-to-School Head Start + HM #244

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Back-to-School Head Start + HM #244

Get a head start on everything back-to-school. This week, the gals of Home Matters help you get organized, make tasty and nutritious lunches, share awesome tips, printables, and more for all your back to school needs. Enjoy and learn a lot!

 

22 Back-to-School Organization Tips from The Krazy Koupon Lady

 

Kids Build Their Own Organic Lunch Routine from Rachel @ Eazy Peazy Mealz

 

Back To School Gifts for Your Students from ErinMrs.  Beatties Classroom

 

School Year Tips to Shine with Success from LorelaiLife With Lorelai

 

Back-to-School Head Start Blog Hop

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Industrial DIY Printer Table from Ashley @ Simply Designing

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Tiramisu Recipe – Kid Friendly from Muna @ Munaty Cooking

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Succulent Place Card Holders from Linda @ It All Started With Paint

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How to Make a Tire Swing from Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe Blog

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Make Quilt Block Coasters with Pyrography from Julie @ The Sum of Their Stories

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School – Get Ready for Back-to-School + HM #195

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School – Get Ready for Back-to-School + HM #195

It’s hard to believe it is already that time to start thinking about the coming school year. The back-to-school season is here folks! The gals of Home Matters have put together some  fabulous tips and ideas for having some fun, getting ready for school, and helping the kids have a successful year.

 

Organizing Life for School from Kids Activities

 

Back to School Breakfast Recipes from Kelly @ Smart School House

 

Sugar Wafer Pencil Cookies from Keri @ Shaken Together

 

School Year Tips to Shine with Success from Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

 

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Lemon Dessert Recipes from Crystal @ Crystal & Co.

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Rich & Creamy Chocolate Avocado Mousse from Jessica @ This Happy Mommy

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11 Cabinet Organizing Ideas from Katie @ Tuxedo Cats & Coffee

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Prickly Pear Cactus Coasters from Alexandra @ Eye Love Knots

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How to Make Rain Gutter Bookshelves from Anika @ Anika’s DIY Life

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School Year Tips To Shine With Success

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Shine with success this school year with great tips: first day of school photo ideas, organization charts, homework station ideas, and free printables.

 

School Year Tips To Shine With Success

Make Moments Sparkle

 

Can you believe it? Back-to-school is here! This is always a special and hectic time for families with school-age kids, even when they are heading off to college (Ha! Maybe more so). But, through the years I have learned a thing or two, and now I am going to share them with you.

These ideas for a successful school year are easy to implement and change up to meet your needs. Be creative! I even created a few FREE PRINTABLES that you can download. My hope is that you will find these ideas helpful and fun.

First Day of School Photo Ideas:

The first day of school means PICTURES! So, be prepared, grab your Windex® Original Glass Cleaner and make moments shine. You definitely don’t want grubby fingerprints on windows in the background.

Give these creative and easy ideas a try.

  • Use Chalk Markers to write and draw on glass or chalkboard.

I did this with Rory this year — college bound. We have pictures from every school year of the kids in front of our car or truck. It is a nice way to look back and remember what life was like at that moment in time, including our ride.

A couple of really nice things about using chalk markers on the windows — they are easy to write with and very easy to clean with Windex® products, check it out…

Clean your windows first. Windex® Original Glass Wipes work great for this.

Draw and Write on your windows to make your moments shine. Then, it is easy to clean up with the Windex® Original Glass Cleaner spray. The spray helps loosen up the dried chalk. Watch how easy…

  • Use Sidewalk Chalk and draw a large number for the grade your child is entering on the driveway. Decorate the number with style and personal flair. Then, have your child sit in the number or next to it for the photo.
  • Make a small pennant banner that your child can hold for the picture. Write or glue the words: First Day of School, 1st Grade, 2017, or whatever you want to say to create a special memory.
  • Frame a printable and have your child hold it for the picture. You can download and personalize the FREE PRINTABLE I created just for you.

Click to Download the First Day of School Printable

Remember, be camera-ready with Windex® Original Glass Cleaner or Windex® Original Glass Wipes.

Then, take advantage of this fabulous OFFER: Buy 2 Windex® products and get $20 to shop at Shutterfly®. This is a limited time offer. Disclaimer: Offer valid 7/15/17 – 12/1/17. Visit here for terms and conditions. Notice those dates, you can buy more Windex® products and use the offer for Halloween and Thanksgiving photos too!

 

Get Organized for the New School Year:

Start the school year with a plan. Children do very well with a schedule, it gives them a sense of purpose and a semblance of security. If they know what to expect next, you will have an easier time getting them to accomplish it. Schedules help set your child up for success!

  • Set Schedules
  • Morning: Wake up time, eat breakfast, brush teeth, get dressed, leave for school, etc.
  • After School: Have a snack, do homework, play outside, eat dinner, quiet reading time or studying, take a bath, pack your backpack for the next day, set out your shoes and clothes for school, etc.
  • Bed Time: Have a set time your child is supposed to go to bed. Making sure your child gets enough sleep each night and is well-rested will help to ensure they have a good learning day a school.
  • Have a specified place for backpacks and other items to be placed. If you are not searching all over the house for things your morning will go much smoother. Less stress, less fighting, and arguing is better for everyone’s day.

I have created a couple Organization Charts that will help your child stay on task between getting home from school and going to bed. You can download these FREE PRINTABLES. You have a choice of two different color schemes.

Click to Download I’m Ready For School Organization Chart – yellow

 

Click to Download I’m Ready For School Organization Chart – pink

 

Put this chart on your refrigerator and use magnets to mark the accomplishments daily.

 

Homework Station Ideas:

Homework stations were a big part of a successful school year for us. We had one set up in our kitchen, where the kids could sit at the table to do their work, and I could be getting dinner ready for the family. The nice thing was that I was there and available for any questions that may arise. We had a cabinet where all of our homework necessities were stored.

We also had homework supplies in the car/truck. Why not take advantage of the time while one child is sitting around waiting for the other sibling for sports practice or ballet lessons? The more you get finished early, the more free time you have at home at night as a family.

  • Set up a place in your home where your child(ren) will do homework every day.
  • Find somewhere to store all our homework supplies: notebook paper; graph paper; pencils; erasers; glue; paper clips; stapler and staples, colored pencils; crayons; markers; etc. Be sure supplies are easily accessible to your child.
  • Use a Lazy Susan or turntable to place your supplies on the table. That way your kids can just spin the supplies to reach what they need.

Supplies on the go.

  • Keep a smaller amount of the same school supplies in your vehicle. Colored pencils work better than crayons and markers as they do not melt.
  • Have chairs for your kids, so they have a place to sit.
  • A lap desk or board helps to give stability for writing.

 

Whatever you are doing, however you celebrate and organize for the new school year, remember to get things clean and make your moments sparkle with Windex® products, America’s #1 glass cleaner — famous for streak-free shine!* For more information and ideas for use follow Windex® on Facebook and Twitter.

And do make use of the Shutterfly® offer, generations of your family will thank you.

Want another fun idea for school? Check out this fun video tutorial, Cool For School or Anytime… Shoelacing!

Here’s to a happy and organized school year! Go get ’em kids and parents alike.

 

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Homework – Tips To Make It Easier

Homework

Tips To Make It Easier

I wanted to kick-off the new school year with a little advice on homework. So, I’ve put together some of the things we found helpful through the years, and also gathered a few other posts for you to peruse.

Let’s face it, everyone wants their child to be successful in school, and homework is a large part of that success. The importance of learning how to do homework is a life lesson in itself. Learning organizational skills, study habits, how to prioritize, and budgeting your time is essential to becoming a successful adult.

Here are some of the things we did:

  1. Do Homework Right After School
    This serves a couple of purposes. The first being that the lessons learned in school are still fresh in their minds, and they will have an easier time recalling the information and putting into practice. Secondly, With the homework monkey off their back, kids will have time to relax, rejuvenate, and share some family-time before getting organized for the following day and going to bed.
  1. Have a Homework Cabinet
    By this I mean have a place where you keep all homework supplies–paper, pencils, crayons, glue, etc. Have file holders for sorting: Homework in progress (for those longer projects), Graded Homework (for studying for tests), etc. We had separate stacks for each child.
  1. Doing Homework on the Go?
    I carried homework supplies in my vehicle–for those days when you pick-up the kids from school and head straight to dance class or soccer practice. Colored pencils, pencils, pens, pencil sharpener, scissors, rulers, compasses, protractors, glue sticks, tape, paper…you name it. If it didn’t melt, I had it in my box. While one child was dancing, I had the other two doing homework. We also carried folding chairs so we could sit outside the hot car.
  1. Use Car Time Wisely
    We practiced math facts, spelling words, and memory verses while driving to and from school everyday.
  1. Help But Don’t Do
    Sometimes kids need help with their homework. It is great to help them before they get so frustrated they just shut down or melt down. The key is to help and not do their work. Do not give answers. Ask questions they can answer that will lead them to the correct answer. If they are just not understanding a concept, re-read the lesson with them and share examples. Help them understand the lesson, before attempting the assignment again. Helping teaches, and kids learn–doing does nothing.

Check these posts out for more Homework Inspiration and Ideas

Homework Tips From An Ex-Tutor
from Kathy @ Mothering From Scratch

Homework Planning & Organizational Tips For Students
from Angela & Heather @ Sports Mom Survival Guide

5 Simple Tips To Stress-Free Homework Time
from Rebecca @ Simple As That

10 Tips For Giving & Managing Homework (Without Going Crazy)
from Linda @ Teach 4 The Heart

A+ Homework Tips From A {{Former}} Teacher
from Katie @ Clarks Condensed

Looking for a Fun Idea for School? Check this out!


Cool For School Or Anytime – Shoelacing!

What are your Homework Strategies?


 

 

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Cool For School Or Anytime – Shoelacing!

Lace Your Shoes With Style

One morning last week Rory bopped into my room all excited about the cool new lacing she’d done on her shoes. I had to admit it was pretty darned cute. So we decided to share with you tutorials on how to do a couple of shoelace designs.

So, without further ado, we present:

Zipper Lacing

Corset Lacing

Here are still pictures of the competed lacings.

Wouldn’t these be fun for back-to-school?

I know Rory has been enjoying trying different designs.

Be cool at school or just have a little fun, and check-out other awesome lacing styles at Ian’s Shoelace Site, where he explores 42 different shoelacing methods!

Are you a shoelace traditionalist, or would you give one of these designs a try?

Do you have any shoelace tips or tricks?

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