Yay! We’re back in preschool for 2015-2016!

Our 2nd year of preschool has begun!

 

It has been a busy couple of weeks for my family!  My oldest (4) has headed back to his afternoon pre-k class for a new year of school.  Alex has the same teacher as last year and a few of the same friends in his class.  I didn’t realize how disappointed he would be to learn that some of his friends had moved on to kindergarten.  It was only his first year in school and he didn’t have any playdates outside of class with those friends, but it still broke his little heart.

The first day went better than I expected.  I worried he may regress and be scared for me to drop him off, like he was the first week of school last year.  But as soon as we got to the lobby, he gave me a quick hug and kiss, said “love you, bye-bye” and went right on in, as if summer never happened.  Phew!

It’s important to discuss school with your child daily, no matter their age.  Sometimes it is hard to get an answer so you have to ask more specific questions than “what did you do today?”  I ask him what book his teacher read, if he lead the Pledge of Allegience or class pledge as he loves to do, which friends he played with, if he played with the sand table or play dough, and what he drew in his daily journal.  I love hearing the answers to all these questions as we walk the two blocks home.

 

Involve the little siblings in the first day of school!

 

And what about my littlest?  He’s been staying busy too.  Talking up a storm but we are still working on better pronunciation.  He will be 3 in a few months and preschool is an option for next fall.  Right now he takes a nap while his big brother is at school and gives me a couple hours of “mommy time” to regain my sanity or accomplish something :)

When I bought Alex’s backpack, I made sure to pick one that had a detachable lunch box.  He’s only in preschool for 2 hours and doesn’t take his lunch, so why would I buy the backpack with a lunch box?  For Evan of course!  He loves feeling special, carrying his matching bag as he walks next to his big brother to drop him off at school.  Usually it’s empty, but as the weather cools off, we may start packing snacks in it and walking to the park after school for a picnic!

So here we go for another awesome year in pre-k!  I love seeing how much Alex is growing, socially and academically.  I created a Facebook group for our preschool parents and teachers to easily communicate events, reminders, questions, playdates, or anything else applicable, and it has been a fun way to participate and feel involved.

How is the school year going for you and your children so far?  Has it been an easy transition from summer?  Did you hold it together and hide the tears or were you excited and jumping for joy?  I’d love to hear your stories!

Also head on over and take a look at our List of Free Back to School Printables.  Some are specifically for the first day of school, but others (like after school snack ideas) can be used indefinitely!  And if you have a little one in preschool or kindergarten, they may enjoy our Back to School Themed Writing Practice Printable.

Rev up for the Go! Go! Smart Wheels Speedster Contest! #gogospeedster

VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels have lasted us 2 years so far and my kids still play with them almost daily!

 

My little boys LOVE their Vtech Go! Go! Smart Wheels toys.  Our first set was purchased a couple of Christmases ago and still gets played with many times a week.  They love rebuilding the roads and making something new every time.  One of their favorite things lately has been to race the vehicles around!

I have a feeling Christmas shopping will be easy this year since they’re both interested in the other SmartPoint toys – Go! Go! Smart Animals and Go! Go! Smart People.  Have you noticed them in stores yet?  They look like a lot of fun and a great way to secretly add some learning to their play!   Now scroll down for an opportunity to WIN some Smart Wheels!!!

 

Enter to win Vtech's new Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate RC Speedway!

 

 

Does your little racer have the need for speed?

Be sure to make a pit stop and submit photo for a chance to win a new Go! Go! Smart Wheels® Ultimate RC Speedway™ from VTech®!

 

How to Enter 

Upload a photo of your little speedster and their love of racing for a chance to win a new Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate RC Speedway! It could be a picture of your child in their race car themed room, in their favorite racing outfit or even playing with their favorite Go! Go! Smart Wheels toy.

Submit your digital photo by uploading it to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtags #gogospeedster and #entry. All entries must be submitted between now and August 28.

 

Winners

One (1) winner will be chosen weekly over a four (4) week period. Each winner will receive One (1) Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate RC Speedway (valued at $59.99). †

Winners will be selected on or before noon (12:00 PM, ET) on the following dates:

  • Friday, August 7, 2015 CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER!
  • Friday, August 14, 2015 CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER!
  • Friday, August 21, 2015
  • Monday, August 31, 2015

For official rules visit http://bit.ly/1hjJY0X.

“The contest information has been provided by VTech.”  Prizes awarded and fulfilled by VTech.

Minion Inspired Banana Snack Idea (perfect for after school!)

Here's a fun after-school snack - banana peanut butter cracker sandwiches!

I decided to make lunch a little more exciting today!  The kids love having a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a banana on the side.  Even when I try to fix something else, they insist on the same ol’ thing.  So I thought I’d have some fun and change it up at least a little bit, with a minion inspired idea!

So my kids have only seen Despicable Me once and have not yet seen the new Minions movie but they’re still obsessed with minions.  We were at the doctor’s office last week and my 2 1/2 year old saw a commercial and yelled “Minions!” for everyone around to hear.  It was adorable how excited he was.  I can see it though – those little cute yellow guys are hard not to love!

 

What fun!  A healthy Minion inspired snack for kids (and adults!)

 

So here’s the recipe!  Try not to forget.. it’s a hard one to remember ;)  No, but really, I know we all need ideas once in a while, so remember to Pin this for later!

 

What you’ll need:

  • Crackers
  • Banana – sliced
  • Peanut Butter
  • Fruity Pebble cereal or sprinkles

 

How to make it:

It’s pretty simple and only takes a couple of minutes.  The kids could even make it themselves!

1) Spread peanut butter on flat side of crackers

2) Add 1 slice of banana per cracker

3) Sprinkle Fruity Pebbles on top

 

Variations: 

Add jelly between the peanut butter and banana

Skip the fruity pebbles and sprinkles and add chia seeds on top

Sandwich a cracker on top but keep the bananas separate

For those with peanut allergies, use yogurt instead of peanut butter

 

Remember to pin this fun Minion snack idea for all the other parents out there when they’re struggling to come up with an after-school snack!

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