Summer Break is Almost Over

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on July 23, 2009

As a homeschool family, we plan for the coming school year in different ways than most families. While you may be out shopping for school wardrobes and backpacks, this Mommy is already taking personal study breaks and making sure her home library is overflowing with a year’s worth of books for her inquisitive and eager young minds to devour.

I can venture to guess, though, that we have one thing in common when getting our kids ready for classroom learning – stocking up on school and art supplies. One of my favorite parts of beginning a new school year is sitting with my kiddos on the floor in my living room, as we fix up our binders with crisp lined paper, sharpen our new pencils, and open our new boxes of crayons.

This seems relaxing to me, in a way; a sense of escape from my own back-to-school stress and jitters. Being a homeschooling mommy can be very overwhelming and many things go through my mind as we near the first days of a new school year… Am I prepared? Do I have everything I need? What if I’m not ready? Did we not take enough time for summer fun? Did we take too much time?

I have to say that in the midst of my back-to-school jitters, I feel blessed, as both my children’s mother and teacher, to have an extra advantage as we start our lessons after our little break. I know exactly what my kiddos did over the summer, what concepts need to be refreshed, and that we can skip the lessons on light refraction and move straight to review because they learned all about rainbows during their summer play in the sprinklers.

You and I may prepare in different ways, or have different concerns about the upcoming school year, but maybe we all need to shake the jitters and enjoy these last few weeks of summertime. After all, our kiddos are only young once.

Lots of us are gearing up for school – an exciting, fun and sometimes, hectic time. Hallmark has put together a great resource to help you calm the butterflies and build your kids’ confidence. Just for joining the conversation you’ll be entered to win a $500 back to school package – Check it out.

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You can also win a $100 Visa gift card, for your back to school supplies, right here at From Dates to Diapers! Just leave a comment here about how you and your kiddos prepare for heading back to school. I would love to hear about any fun traditions you may have, or even your fond memories. You may receive additional entries (up to one per day) by tweeting a link to this giveaway, using the hashtag #Hallmark. Be sure you leave me a separate comment for each tweet. A winner will be chosen, and contacted via email, on August 15th.

This post and giveaway are sponsored by Hallmark. The views and opinions are mine.

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George August 15, 2009 at 6:16 pm

We are trying ot spend more time together and also doing the stock-up on school supplies.

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katiea August 15, 2009 at 6:37 pm

:) Trying to spend as much time with friends that don’t go to the same school as possible… only 1 week left…

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Betty C August 15, 2009 at 6:59 pm

We love shopping for just the right outfit for the first day of school. No matter how many other things we need to get that special outfit is always the most important.

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Claudia M August 15, 2009 at 7:27 pm

the weekend before school starts my Daughter and i go shopping for a great outfit for the first day and afterwards we always stop in braums or Baskin Robbins for some Ice cream :) we been doing this since she was 6 years old — now she is 12 .awesome giveaway,thanks :) !

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Meredith August 15, 2009 at 7:42 pm

Bed time gets early a little bit at a time and then we wake up a little earlier each day.

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Randy Bailey August 15, 2009 at 8:18 pm

It is not easy getting my 4 kids ready 2 go back 2 school. They stayed up later, and slept in later on their summer vacation. The hardest is getting them back on a schedule. They have been in school here for a week now, they R starting 2 get back into their routine now, so it is getting easier

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kristie belding August 15, 2009 at 10:58 pm

A week before school begins we stop running lazy summer hours and practice getting back in sync with earlier schedules. The first few days we get up early and meet at the breakfast table to go over the day’s errand/chore list (restock closets/start a donation pile, pack away summer goodies and dig out/inventory reusable school items, so we DO NOT over buy, shots, and hair cuts).

This gets the kids ready for active mornings and nails down all the last minute needs so everyone is on the same page. It has saved many a early morning battle royal when school breaks make us lax.

The last few days are sprinkled with fun activities close to home, so everyone has a chance to relax and unwind before schedules start filling up.

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Diane August 16, 2009 at 6:34 am
Connie August 18, 2009 at 11:33 am

My family has made a tradition out of choosing the perfect lunch box. The school that they attend has a pretty strict policy about the notebooks and folders that they can have so the lunchbox is the one chance they get to really show some personality. Choosing it every year is a big deal for us! We really have fun finding the right one.

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Jai August 19, 2009 at 1:03 pm

I could use the gift card for back2school!

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