Compensation for Back to School Essentials for Pre-K was provided by Target via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.
As a teacher, back to school time has always been a very exciting time. I love school supplies and setting my classroom up for the new year. It’s a time full of excitement and anticipation.
As a mom, my feelings are a bit more mixed. With W starting pre-K in a few weeks, it’s becoming real to me that he is growing up. He’s almost four years old. Where did my baby go?
I know it will be good for him to go to school. He loves learning and is such a social butterfly. Plus we found him a pre-Kindergarten program that I’m thrilled about. And it has given us a chance to go shopping together for some back to school essentials for Pre-K.
Back to School Essentials for Pre-K
As part of the program, I pay a fee for a lot of supplies but as a former teacher, I know how quickly school supplies run short. So recently W and I took a special trip to Target to stock up on some basics for him to take to school and for us to keep at home so we can continue his learning on the days he doesn’t go to school.
So what is on our list of back to school essentials for Pre-Kindergarten?
1. New Backpack
A few weeks ago I started to prepare W for the transition from the gym and music classes he takes currently to his new school. He loves his current “school” so I know it will be a bit of an adjustment for him.
We’ve been talking about all of the exciting new things he needs to be ready for school. And a new backpack was one of the things he was most excited about.
2. New Lunchbox
W was almost as excited about choosing a new lunchbox. Although he doesn’t usually eat much for lunch, he understands that eating lunch at school is what big kids do. And he’s all about being a big kid. “I not a baby, I’m a kid!”
I was thrilled by the large selection of lunch kits available at Target. I found a few I would love to have if I was headed back to school this year. Yes, each year I chose a new lunch box for my own lunch. Teachers have to eat too!
3. Lunchbox Supplies
Although my plan was to let W pick out most of his own school supplies so that he had a sense of ownership, I did have to pick up a few items that were necessities.
If your child is going to be eating lunch at school as part of their pre-K program, you might need a few extra important supplies in addition to a lunch kit. W will be going all day so I needed an ice pack to keep things cool, a water bottle (so he can have water in addition to a juice box in his lunch), and a sandwich box.
Target had everything I needed to prepare his lunch. Even tissues so I can wipe the tears that I’m pretty sure will come to my eyes the first time I pack his lunch for school!
4. Basic School Supplies
Although every program and teacher may have some specific requirements, there are basic supplies that are helpful in every classroom whether you’re purchasing for your child or to donate to the classroom.
Name brand crayons (they do work better), colored pencils, washable markers, watercolors (if needed for the grade level), and glue sticks are always appreciated. Did I mention glue sticks? They run out so fast and are so convenient in the younger grades. Target had a great deal on them when I was shopping so I stocked up.
Taking time with your child in the weeks and days leading up to the first day of school is essential. Take time to help prepare them for the transition to school. Take time to spend the last few days of summer making even more memories together.
Take time to listen to their concerns and help them get ready to go back to school!
While W had a blast new school supplies, I loved that it was so easy to find what we needed in one place thanks to Target.
What back to school essentials do you need from Target?
Every little thing is a really big deal.
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.