Your child may not actually be going back to a school this year, but they can still go back to school shopping! Back to school supply shopping is one way to get your child excited about school. I know as a child, I always loved picking out my school supplies. Let’s be honest, I still love buying school supplies!
This year, you may not want to physically go to stores for back to school supplies, but luckily we can always shop online!
Help get your child pumped up for learning by letting them pick out folders, notebooks, or pencils that are their favorite colors or with their favorite characters, animals on them.
Here are some fun back to school supply suggestions:
Dry Erase Markers
Dry Erase Board
Fun Jumbo Erasers
Even though your child will not physically be going to school outside of the home, they may still find it fun to have a lunchbox, a new water bottle or cup, or even a backpack for homeschool.
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The first few weeks of homeschooling can be quite overwhelming, especially if you have never homeschooled before! Why not take control over another aspect of your life that you are familiar with, such as snacks and meals!
I don’t know about you, but trying to find things in the fridge or pantry to whip up during an already busy day is not something I enjoy. I find it helpful when I have things somewhat planned out.
Also, I don’t know about you, but when my kids ask me for snacks ALL DAY LONG, it makes me want to lose my mind. Instead of having your kids constantly bombarding you, think about providing designated snack and meal times. For example, we have a morning snack at 10:00 AM, we eat lunch around 12:00 PM, and we have an afternoon snack at 2:00 PM. Of course, you can be flexible, but I find having a set time to eat really helps!
Before you even begin homeschooling, why not create a list of easy snack and meal ideas to refer to and make your life a little easier? Wait, I have already done that for you!
…whatever fruit your kids like!
Cheddar Bunnies (or Goldfish)
Hard Boiled Eggs
Applesauce (my kids actually love the GoGo Squeeze pouches which do not have to be refrigerated)
What is a STEM Toy? What is a STEM Bin? You may have seen me post about these on my Instagram page, or you may have seen them on Pinterest. You may be wondering, what is the hype about STEM? Read below to find out why STEM activities are awesome, not only in the classroom, but also at home!
What is STEM?
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
What is a STEM Toy or a STEM Bin?
You may be wondering, what is the difference between a STEM toy and a STEM bin. The answer is, not much.
Teachers generally call plastic containers filled with STEM manipulatives/toys, STEM Bins. These classroom bins often include task cards and building challenges for students.
STEM toys are basically the same exact thing. You probably already have some amazing STEM toys at home. The main difference is your STEM toys are probably not in plastic containers with directed task cards for your child.
What are the benefits of STEM Toys/Bins?
Develop hand-eye coordination
Require fine motor skills
Promote spatial skills
Require problem solving
Encourage designing and building
Develop life skills such as: perseverance, discipline, and resourcefulness
Promote social skills including: collaboration and communication
Ways to use STEM Toys/Bins in the classroom
Ways to use STEM Toys/Bins at home
Brain Breaks (except they’re actually still learning)
Things are currently a little different around the world when it comes to children learning and education. Teachers and parents are in need of digital activities for learning at home now more than ever.
Have you heard of Boom Learning? I discovered Boom Learning when I was searching for digital resources while virtually teaching my students. Boom Learning Cards are convenient, fun, and a lot of them are FREE!
If you are signing up on your own without a teacher/classroom, create a free teacher account for yourself.
If you are signing up with a teacher/classroom, the teacher will provide a pin or other information for how to set up a free student account.
You can create a free account if you have five students or less and you don’t plan to create your own learning decks. I would check out all of the account options on Boom Learning’s Website to see which suits you the best. They are very affordable!
Do I have to set up a classroom?
Whether you’re a classroom teacher, homeschooler, or a parent, you will need to set up your own classroom.
This video tutorial below is very helpful to get started!
How do I assign decks?
Free and paid Boom Learning Decks will be available to assign in your library.
Wondering what to expect for your future kindergartener in the fall? I’ve teamed up with several educational accounts to bring you information and resources to help prepare your child for the school year ahead.
Erin from @taught.by.tatum gave us some extraordinary fine motor skills information and activities during our #letsgetreadyforkinder segment. Fine motor skills are very important for incoming kindergarteners! Read below to find out ways to help prepare your child!
What are fine motor skills?
Fine motor skills are coordinated movements using the small muscles in the hands and fingers. This includes things like zippering, buttoning, gripping a pencil, using scissors, etc.
Fine motor skills are good for self help and academic reasons.
Jessica touched on this earlier in the #letsgetreadyforkinder segment with self help skills. You can find a list of those skills here.
Hands on academic activities are important to help strengthen those small muscles in the hands and fingers.
Check out some ways to practice fine motor skills below:
work on having your child grip a pencil correctly while writing
work on gripping a crayon correctly while coloring
Jessica from @eat_play_read provided us with some great information about social and self help skills! Taylor from @kidsrcapable also gave us some great tips for dealing with separation anxiety. I think this information will be especially useful for your soon to be kindergartener this fall due to the current circumstances. Read the bulleted information below to prepare your child for school.
Social Skills Checklist
Waiting their turn to talk in a conversation
Listening to a story
Separation Anxiety Tips
Prepare students by reading stories about the start of Kindergarten
Practice loving, firm, and consistent “see you later” and goodbye
Practice calming down moments when child is not stressed.
Check out Go Noodle for calming activities “Bee Breaths” or “Bunny Breaths”
Caitlyn from @theitsybitsy.classroom gave us some amazing information about counting and numbers during out #letsgetreadyforkinder segment. Read below for her tips on how to prepare your furture kindergartener!
Teachers would like students to have a decent foundation of how to count when entering Kindergarten. Maybe they miss some numbers, maybe they only make it to five, maybe they only make it to ten, but the concept of counting is a good way to start.
Ways to practice:
count things you see
count snacks, count toys, count flowers outside, etc.
count starting at different numbers, for example start at 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or start at 3, 4, 5 ,6
Even if your child is not actually counting, model how to count. Children are always listening and absorbing information.
Eventually, your child will work on counting all the way to 100 or even to 120 during Kindergarten.
Counting Groups of Objects
An important skill when learning how to count, is being able to count objects in a group.
What does this mean? It means counting five objects and understanding the last number they said, five, is the number of objects in the group.
During kindergarten, children will use the skill of counting objects in a group to work on adding and subtracting.
Ways to practice:
count snacks, count toys etc.
elaborate that the last number they said is how many there are of that object
The first step when it comes to being able to identify numbers, is being able to determine a letter from a number.