Who’s ready for school to start?! Not me! As you may or may not know, though I am a mother to three little gals, none are old enough for public school. However, my oldest will be starting her first day of private K in less than a week, with her sister starting pre-K. And though kids this age do not need quite as many things as some of the older kids do, the matter of fact is that there are some essentials that they will require for their success and mine at the start of this school year.
1. A backpack
I don’t know if your kids are like mine, but boy are they coming into their own. It is crazy to think that at this young of an age, they have their own styles and their own preferences. It used to be that mom got to pick what they would wear, but now each of these little gals have very strong opinions on things that they like and do not like. As I try to get them excited about their first day at their new school, the backpack is where I start.
2. Nap mats
I spent two years of daycare lugging around a sheet for the mat, a blanket and a pillow. I clearly have been living under a rock because these nap mats include the blanket and pillow all in one and it rolls up with ease.
3. Lunch containers
The thermos, an absolute must especially for those picky eaters like mine, who enjoy a nice warm lunch every once in a while. Pick a solid color or fun decorated thermos to add a little fun to luch time Now, I am not going to lie. I have been a bit spoiled in the past, as the daycare my gals attended provided lunch. But now that I have a kiddo with allergies and the older two will be going to a different school, this mama will be packing lunch. The Bentgo box is a must have with all of its separated compartments.
4. Boogie Wipes
A must have for all children particularly the elementary ages and younger. Runny noses are inevitable, but the saline on the Boogie wipes allow for kids to wipe without the repercussion of a sore nose. I prefer the unscented, but its just a personal preference.
5. Kandoo wipes
This is particularly key for those littles that are still learning to wipe their own bums. My oldest prefers these especially after she has gone #2. I recommend buying the tub container once and then buying refills after.I leave them in my daughters cubby or ask them to leave in the bathroom for all to use.
6. Clothing labels
I absolutely love the idea of clothing labels. It is so frustrating to send your kiddo to school with a nice coat or sweatshirt, hat or gloves, only to find that they didn’t come home with it and having to chance in hell of getting it back.
7. Supply labels
With that being said, it doesn’t hurt to label the heck out of any other things that you may want to guarantee be returned such as water bottles and lunch boxes. These are some cute labels for the youngens.
8. Family Picture
Leaving home and going to preschool can be scary for a child, I know it is for my kids. One of the ways we help our child manage their separation anxiety is giving her a family picture. In fact, we actually gave our oldest daughter who struggles around nap time a teddy bear with a picture of all of us. She loved it and most importantly it helped her with her transition.
I hope some of these items can be as helpful to you as they have been for me. They have been critical in helping me stay organized and prepared. In addition, it ensures that my kids have a better experience during preschool.