In Preparation for the New School Year…

School starts in two days and the kids and I are at my parents’!  I feel like I have prepped enough to take a few days off to allow the kids to swim and spend time at their Granny and Pawpaw’s.  And my dad is going to take them fishing tonight.

Tomorrow when we head home we have to stop at Discount Tire because I have a leaking tire and it isn’t repairable.  I’m hoping it doesn’t take long.  When we get back we will unpack right away and do a load of laundry.  I need to make a few things for lunches and then I will be making lunches for Wednesday.  We’re eating dinner in the dining hall at camp, which will be the first time in a long time.

The boys are so excited about starting school.  Every time I talk to them about it and are ecstatic.

I emailed both of their teachers and Ethan’s new teacher emailed me back.

She said:

“Good morning Mrs. Crosland,

Thank you for emailing me a little bit about your child and family.  I appreciate it.

I am a very positive person, like to see the good in all and keep a positive attitude.  Every day is a new day.  Yesterday may have been great or horrible, today will be new.  This is my fifth year teaching, fourth year teaching 3rd grade.  I love the school, I love the students, parents, and staff.  It takes a village.

I tell the students not to worry about the STAAR test, it’s important and we will work hard, but everything we learn in this class will be on there.  I have a lot of small group time and some individual time to help with students throughout the day.  I will have the students create a reading response journal, this will help with reading comprehension, thinking and questioning, while reading.

I can’t wait to meet Ethan and his family.  I would love for you to volunteer, you just let me know when.  Let me know if you ever have questions or concerns.”

The boys’ backpacks are packed with their school supplies and they have been in the backpack basket for a while now.

Tomorrow I’m going to make a homemade snack that a friend of mine (Kris) shared on Facebook (this is her picture).

  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 1/2 or 4 cups Cheerios
  • A tsp vanilla
  1. Cook peanut butter, honey, and vanilla over low in pot till all melted together.
  2. Then mix with cheerios
  3. I have a silicone bar mat that I use.  Or you could put on parchment paper in a square dish.  Put in freezer till hard.
  4. Leave in fridge after that.

I’ll make some granola bars this week:

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups granola (I have some that I made homemade)
  1. Mix together.  I will use my silicone bar mat.  You could use a casserole dish and just cut into bars.
  2. Place in fridge

I will also probably make some breakfast cookies:

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sucanat (could use brown sugar)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (I use whole white wheat)
  • 1 cup whole rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup raisins or chocolate chips (I use mini chocolate chips)
  1. Mix everything but the flour and oats.
  2. Stir in flour and oats.
  3. Fold in raisins or chocolate chips.
  4. Scoop heaping tablespoons of dough onto a cookie sheet.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Allow cookies to cool on cookie sheet before removing.

I have also created a list of things to include in lunch boxes for the boys:

  • Tortillas with peanut butter and apples
  • Whole wheat waffles
  • Pumpkin pancakes
  • Zucchini carrot mini muffins
  • Pinwheels with cream cheese and ham
  • Squeeze yogurt
  • Squeeze apple sauce
  • Chips
  • Crackers
  • PB and J
  • Meat and cheese (or meat and cheese sandwiches)
  • Veggies (raw) and hummus or ranch
  • Chicken salad and Triscuits
  • Tuna salad and Triscuits
  • Chicken or tuna salad as a sandwich
  • Goldfish
  • Grilled cheese
  • Salad 🥗
  • Quesadillas
  • Boiled eggs
  • BLTA
  • Homemade granola bars
  • Bean and cheese burritos 🌯
  • Fig bars
  • ZBars
  • Pita pizza 🍕
  • Granola
  • Bagels and cream cheese
  • Wraps
  • Meat and cheese sandwich
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Olives
  • Chips and salsa
  • Fruit
  • Fruit salad
  • Waffles with PB
  • Pita 🥙 and hummus
  • Celery and PB with raisins
  • Granola and yogurt
  • Cheerios
  • Other cereal
  • Cheerio bars
  • Breakfast cookies

I bought some Bento boxes and am thinking that they will make things much more simple.

I also have some silicone cupcake/muffin liners that will help to separate foods as well as some small containers for things like ranch and hummus.

We have lots of foods to get started!

I will eventually buy some Bento boxes for Karis and I as well to have our lunches made for a couple of days.  It’ll make things easier.  But for now I’ll focus on making the boys’ lunches.

Last year that just got lunch at school (it’s free for everyone), but they complained a lot so I will just have them eat breakfast there and they can take their lunch (unless they decide that they want to eat there).

Karis’ school cabinet is organized and ready to go.  This is Poetry Teatime stuff (tea/hot chocolate, tea cups, saucers, bowl and plate to match, teapot, and poetry books), basket with spelling practice items, basket with pencil box and things for nature journaling (colored pencils, charcoal and sketch pencils, and water color), curriculum, encyclopedias, binder, composition notebooks, basket with pencils and pens in it (for the whole family to use), and dry erase markers. In the school/craft room we have two shelves full of novels and other books and one shelf with picture books, nature books, and ancient history books.

I have some organizing to do, still.  These are her math manipulatives and science lab kits along with all the curriculum and notebooks that we’re not using (in the craft/school room closet).

Much messier than I like.  I bought some plastic shoe boxes that  are matching that I will use, and I think I’m going to go ahead and sell the boys’ curriculum (well I have sold some, but I think I’m going to sell the rest).  I just have a feeling that they will be in school for at least a few years.  Oh, and some of this is craft stuff.  It all needs to be organized… I will get there soon now that the boys will be in school, and I’m feeling better each day!

Karis’ Daily Checklist has been written, and I’ve written the first two weeks of lesson plans.  I mainly do this so that she has access to the links that I put on the plans.  I share the documents with her on Google Docs and she goes to them herself.  She uses it for Khan academy math reinforcement, for health, and ancient history links through the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of Ancient History.  Oh, and the first 6 weeks of art will be done using free art lessons that I found online.  I just found it through a Google search and plan to search again when this class is over!  Fridays will be Poetry Teatime (with her friends) and Friday Freewrites.  We will continue this tradition.

I feel like we’re mostly ready!

One thought on “In Preparation for the New School Year…

  1. Those Cheerio snacks sound amazing. Think I will try them. While my kids are grown I do have plenty of grandchildren who visit -if I dont eat them first! Sounds like you are very organized…

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