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5th grade! My baby boy is heading into 5th grade this year. His sisters will be in 11th and 9th grade (BOTH now in High School). I really can’t believe it. Want to know what else I can’t believe? They will all be starting the year on-line. I’m not going to lie.. when we heard the official news that our kids would all be starting the school year on-line I felt so depressed! I sat my kids down and told them the news expecting total disappointment and possibly tears (they all miss their friends and want to go back!). Kole immediately smiled and said “well.. the good news is that I don’t have to wear my school uniform!” We all laughed. It’s not the first time Kole has made us smile even when we don’t want to. :)
He’s right.. always a sliver lining and no school uniform for him this Fall! I decided to take Kole’s lead and look for the positive in this situation so I’ve been trying to think of ways to make on-line school a fun and positive experience for my kids. We are doing our usual back to school prep this month which includes cleaning out closets and shopping for school supplies and some cute new things to wear. Comfy clothes! Kole’s favorite. :) I bought him some really cute inexpensive clothes from Walmart and it was honesty all he needed to get excited about a new school year. He was even fine with me snapping pics in his new outfits because it meant he got to start wearing them sooner. He’s just thrilled that he can toss his button up shirt and khacki shorts aside for the time being!
I bought lots of cute tees and comfy shorts. Boys are so easy and this is the stuff he LIVES in. He is loving these slides too! So easy to slip on to play in the yard or run a quick errand with mom. :) I also just ordered him these cute Polo flip flops because we will still have warm weather for a while!
He has had his razor scooter for years and it’s still a favorite. He rides it around the yard every day. :)
These Champion shorts are such a great fit. I ordered so many comfy clothes from Walmart for Kole to try thinking I’d return some of it and we seriously kept everything we ordered!
Cozy sweatpants for the win! Kole and I have been on a Beverly Cleary kick this summer (I love her books!). We read together every night before bed and I try to make sure he’s also getting some quiet reading time in during the day.
Before you start thinking that we have it all together over here reading up a storm.. let me assure you that my son has looked like this WAY more than usual this summer. Survival mode has reached an all time high this month. I started off the summer with our Zone Cleaning Charts and rules and a schedule. At this point I leave the iPad and a bag of pretzels out on the counter for him at night to hopefully buy me an extra hour of sleep in the morning. ;)
And my house is still decked in red, white and blue.
We’re all hoping August brings our productivity back. Ha.
This jacket is one of my favorite finds. It’s lined with fleece, a fun style, so warm and only $15! It will be perfect for when things cool off a little around here.
Kole loves it! He also loves his Player 1 tee. I bought his cousin the Player 2 tee. The two of them have been iPad partners in crime this summer. I always wake up to the sound of them laughing playing games together. Knowing Kole’s iPad time includes social interaction with his cousin has helped to justify the amount of time he’s spending on it.
Right? Moms? Anyone with me on this one?
Last favorite is this hoodie and jogger pants sweatsuit. Kole loves it because it’s so soft and warm! It will be perfect for any Utah trips we make in the Fall to visit family. He’s excited to wear it so I didn’t want to remind him that he’ll die of a heat stroke wearing it in San Diego. ;)
My girls will start school sitting at the little desks in their rooms so I bought them these pretty Rose Gold Desk Organizers to help them keep books, papers and pens organized. (I’m on the hunt for some comfy chairs for them to sit on all day!)
We’ll move these organizers to their bookshelves so they can actually work at their desks when school starts.
Kole and I will be sharing the office/craft room again! When Zoom is going I take my laptop to the dining room or couch.
I snapped these a few days ago while he was working on his typing. :)
When Kole was doing on-line school in the Spring it drove me crazy having all of his books and papers and supplies all over the office desk. It was an unorganized mess and I knew we could do better for the Fall! I totally went to my former school teacher happy place shopping for organizers! I ended up buying this Classroom Keeper 10 slot Mailbox and this Classroom Keepers Management Center to hold all of his stuff. Now we can label the tabs and organize his books and papers by subject. We can also use a slot for finished and un-finished work. This little set up and all of the new school supplies makes me GIDDY I tell you.
I taught 4th and 5th grade for years so Kole gets to have all sorts of help from his mom this year. Whether he wants it or not!
I’ll have to keep reminding him that at least he doesn’t have to wear his school uniform. ;)
*More back to school organization tips are in this post and below is a round-up of some cute clothes for Elementary school girls! My girls both wear adult sizes now so I had fun picking out what I would have bough them if they were Kole’s age again. This Dollie & Me Outfit Set would have been their all time favorite with an outfit to match their dolls too!
I love the stage my girls are in right now, but man.. every once in a while I miss the old days. :)