I posted this post about a year ago detailing my favorite back to school items. I thought I would revisit it, since it is that time again. All the items below are still my go to items. I have included links that take you straight to the store. They are a year old, so I hope they still do.
On a personal note my youngest is going to Kindergarten. I couldn’t be happier with the school he is going to. My oldest (who is going to be 5th and the big kids at the school) has been there since 2nd grade and I am in LOVE with their school. LOVE YOU PINEHURST ELEMENTARY! Regardless of that I feel like I am going to have a breakdown on my youngest first day. I never had this feeling with my oldest. The crazy neurotic side of me worries that maybe it’s because secretly I love my youngest more, but I know it’s not that. My oldest has always been so independent and very self-confident. A born leader, he is at his element in school. My youngest has always liked mom around a little more. Always sneaks in for an extra kiss or extra hug when he gets the chance. He is such a sweet boy (not that my oldest isn’t, he is sweet too. Man I am digging myself in a hole!), his confidence and independence shines through differently than it does for my oldest. I think sending the youngest is so much harder, because you know there won’t be anymore first day’s to Kindergarten. Even though my youngest has been to 3 years of full day preschool there is something about the first day of Kindergarten that is so symbolic. It’s such a big step, I think more for me than for him. SO if you hear some crazy sobs next Monday morning, they are coming from North Carolina and it’s a mom that is excited for the big world that lies ahead for her sweet, funny and smart 5-year-old, but sad that time goes by so fast (and yes tears are running down my face right now).
I got this pack of labels for both boys about 3 years ago. Yes, the $40 price tag (per pack)was hard to swallow, but I figured they would last for a long time. We have labeled items for the past 3 years and still have a good amount left. The best thing is that once they are on an item it stays on. I have put it on clothing and it has survived washes (even a bathing suit and it’s still on there). You can customize the color, the font, and logo (they have professional sports teams, Disney and Marvel options).
My older son used the blue camo lunch box for 3 years. It held up really well and it was very roomy. Now that he is going to 4th grade he has asked for a regular lunch sack. Will let you all know how it holds up. UPDATE: It held up fine until he lost it this summer at camp! And I just bought the above lunch box for my youngest.
My younger son is in preschool (he just missed the age cut and is going to his 3rd year of preschool) and has been using the red lunch box for 2 years now. This type of lunch box is perfect for the preschool years. The size is just right. He did ask me for a new one this year. I told him his lunch box had another year in it.
I ADORE (yes, I can adore plastic containers) these food storage containers. Again, I have had them for about 3 years. They have held up well and are a nice alternative to using sandwich bags (It’s a good thing to be nicer to Mother Earth). I am able to fit the sandwich size one and an additional one or two of the smaller ones in the lunch boxes that I posted above. Since my older son is using a sack this year, I decided to buy the reusable lunch skins. I will let you all know how those hold up too.
You can NEVER go wrong with a LL Bean backpack. This has been my older son’s backpack for 2 years now (his Godmother and my BFF gave it to him as a gift) and it has MANY MANY MANY more years of use ahead of it. It’s not only his school backpack, but also his travel companion. It has gone on every trip we have taken in those 2 years. I am glad he decided on black, because it still looks relatively new! UPDATE: My youngest is now a proud owner of a dark blue one with his name monogrammed in the athletic style.
I got my younger son the above backpack last year. The only difference is that his has dinosaurs on it. It is right for his age right now and for what goes back and forth from school. Once he goes to the “big school”. We will probably buy him a LL Bean backpack as well.
I could not survive the school year without the two bulletin boards we have in our kitchen hallway. I have one for each of my boys. I put everything relevant to their school and current activities on there. Right now they only have camp information, but during the school year they are covered with calendars, game schedules, permission slips, art work and accomplishments. I also have the family dry erase calendar next to them. It is the one stop shop of where we can see what is going on.
What are your favorite back to school items? Are there any that you couldn’t survive without?