Twelve “Back to School” Ideas

Last week’s Creative Connection party was jam packed with all things “back to school”.  We couldn’t resist to round up twelve of our favs from the party for all of you!

This week’s features are brought to you by Meredith of Wait Til Your Father Gets Home.

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Twelve Back to #School ideas, #crafts, #projects and #gifts via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

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Easy Monogram Planner with Duck Tape

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Organization File

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Pencil Pouches

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Locker Decor for Less

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Breakfast Club Printable

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Teacher Note Cards

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Embellished Shoes

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DIY Tablet Holder

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Printable Backpack Tags

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Back to School Wreath

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Sharpie Teacher Gift

Don’t forget to check back with us tomorrow evening at 7 pm est to join in on this week’s latest Creative Connection party!  We can’t wait to see your inspiring ideas and feature you!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{apple printable by the grant life}

Hi all! My name is Kelley and I blog over at the Grant life.  Over there I share crafts, recipes, a weekly link party and lots of stories about my two babies.  [Thats my little family after picking blueberries this past week!]

 

I was super excited when Meredith asked me to participate in her back to school series.  I know shes a former teacher turned stay at home momma and I love love love her blog.  So after I said yes I got a little nervous.  My kiddos arent going back to school and I dont know what Im going to write about!

So I decided to cheat and create a printable to share with yall.  [Cheat on a school related post?!  The nerve!]  I used Tagxedo to create an apple shaped word art.

 

Have yall heard of Tagxedo before?  I just recently stumbled upon it and I love it!  Its so fun to play around with a create new word art.  It took me awhile to figure it out so Im going to share a little tutorial on how to use it too.  Dont worry.. I wont give you a test later or anything.

You can create your letter art two ways – put in most of your prefences on the home screen or click ‘Start Here’.  Once you click the ‘Start Here’ this is what your page will look like.

To change the words click the ‘Load’ tab.  [First arrow].
To change the color, theme, font, orientation or layout click the individual tabs by the second arrow.
And to change the shape [you would think this would be first.. go figure] click the ‘Shape’ tab.  [Last arrow].
And because its almost fall and I LOVE all things fall.. Im adding an extra pumpkin printable!  Feel free to use either one.. or create your own!
Thanks Meredith for letting my share with your readers.  If yall get a chance stop on over and say hello!
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Don’t forget!  Today is the LAST day to enter the HUGE back to school giveaway.  I’ll announce the winner tomorrow!

Good luck to all of you!

About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{our first back to school by life in cleveland}

Hi!  I’m Jeanne aka Sourire11 and I blog over at Life in Cleveland. I am super excited to be guest posting here – This is such a fun blog and Meredith is awesome for setting up this series!

So my backstory – I was an architect, knitter, and world
traveler before my life was happily hijacked by my kids – a fashion obsessed 3-year-old
and a 16 month old so chill we call him the dude. 

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Me with my family on an Accidental Vacation to Fallingwater.

So in a few weeks my daughter is going to preschool for the first time ever.



On one hand:  YAYAYAYAYA!  She is SO ready.  I am SO excited for her.  This is going to be SO good for her and so much fun and I just can’t wait.



On the other:  HOWDIDSHEGROWUPSOFAST?!?!  And also how is she going to handle this?  And how am I going to handle this?  What if she hates it?  What if the other kids/parents don’t like us?  And are these cleaning wipes the right kind as specified in her list and WHY DO THEY MAKE SO MANY DIFFERENT KINDS OF WIPES?



So, you know, that.



See I have been a stay at home / work from home mom since she was born.  And yes she’s taken a whole slew of “classes”  And we’ve done story time and playgroups and drop-ins and all of the things you do when you’re a SAHM to make sure your kids are socialized and play nice with others.  But she has done all of these things with me.

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I know she’s an independent kid and will be fine but…. so many jitters.  So many worries.  So many things I’m freaking out about.  So to prepare I’m doing two things.  First I’m soaking in as much summer and as much unencumbered fun as possible before we start the many years of school ahead of us:

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Riding the rocket at the Kiddie Park.

And secondly I’m talking it up with her as much as possible.  Because it seems with toddlers (or should I say preschoolers.  WOW.) that prep-work is half the battle.  She does much better in any given situation if she knows what to expect.  So we have been building up school for while now. 

Pictured:  A
book we have checked out from the library so many times we ran out of
renewals and I have read to her so many times I can recite it from
memory.  I highly recommend this one for preschool prep.

We’ve read books.  And we’ve driven past her preschool building.  And we’ve talked about the games they will play and the songs they will sing.  We’ve talked about how she won’t be allowed to wear sandals but how she can wear her sparkly tennis shoes or even her rain boots (shoes are VERY important to her).  Then she told me this:

“I have to figure out what to wear for my first day.  It’s a really big deal so it might take me awhile to decide.”



Um…. ok.  She’s 3 but I rolled with it as if she was 12 and we went shopping for a special first day of school outfit.  I finally felt like she was ready, excited, and understood what was going on.  

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Testing out her first day of school outfit while modelling a shawl that I knit.

 Then she told me this:



“You have to show me how to start the car so that I can drive for school.”



I feel like I may have missed something in my explanations.

Why yes. She has been toting around a bunny in a basket saying happy Easter all day. I don't know...



So what are you guys doing to prepare for school?  What experiences did you have with the first year of preschool?  Any advice you want to give me as we start this next chapter?



Thanks so much to Meredith for allowing me to guest post.  I have very much been enjoying these School’s {in} Session Guest Posts – thanks so much for allowing me to be a part of it!

About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{school countdown by becoming martha}

In case you missed the HUGE giveaway that started last week, click here to enter!

Hi everyone!

My name is Sarah and I blog over at Becoming Martha, but today, I am so excited to be guest posting here at Wait ‘Til Your Father Gets Home.  (Isn’t Meredith awesome?!)  Anyway, as part of her back to school series, I thought I would show you my back to school countdown that I am doing with my daughter.

I created these cards using GIMP (which is a free program similar to Photoshop – you can find tons of tutorials on how to use it over on Becoming Martha) and then printed them onto cardstock.  I also wrote a little message to go on the back of each card.  So, the point is that each day for one week, my daughter will see how many days are left until school, read the message I wrote her, perform a back to school task, and receive a small treat (not always candy treats!).  It’s a little way to get them excited for back to school while making the sometimes boring tasks a little bit more fun.

If you want to make one, here’s what you will need: 

  • a frame (I use one that I had taken a cork board out of) and fabric to wrap around it.
  • wooden shapes to decorate frame (I used an owl and a C)
  • printables for the front of the countdown cards (make your own or download mine).
  • letters for the backs of the cards (again, start from scratch or download mine and use as a guide).
  • twine or thin rope
  • clothespins (plain or decorated – washi tape would be so cute, but of course, I don’t have any yet)
  • treats (I used fancy paper, a sparkly pencil, stickers, an edible treat, keychain, and an ice cream date)
Here’s a hint… make sure your two year old doesn’t get a hold of the keychain before you take pictures and give the gift, or you will end up with a dirty puppy keychain and will be forced to go buy a new one  to put on your other daughters backpack.
  
My tasks/treat combos were:
  • Record your favorite summer memory with fancy paper and a sparkly pencil.
  • Help Mom fill the school snack cupboard and pick out your favorite lunch for the first day.
  • Decorate your memory box with new stickers to keep all of your special work from this school year.
  • Estimate how many times you will write your name on your new school supplies, and after you do it, see who had the closest estimate.  The winner gets a special treat.
  • Bake cookies for your new teacher, and try one first to make sure they’re yummy.
  • Pack your backpack for the first day of school, and add a new keychain to make it Grade 2 ready!
  • Pick out your favorite back to school outfit, and then, put on your favorite summer outfit and go for an ice cream date with Mom.
(Head to my blog to download the letters I used, they may help you create your own.)
My daughter loves reading the new messages everyday, and can’t wait to see what she will get tomorrow.  It’s neat that it’s not all about getting sweets and treats, but it’s giving them useful items that they incorporate in the “task”, and the tasks get them a little in the mindset for school.

Thanks again to Meredith for having me over here, and I would love it if y’all stopped over to my little corner of the web so I can meet you!  I hope you enjoyed my visit as much as I did!

About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{pencil vase from chase the star}

Hello Wait Til Your Father Gets Home readers!  I’m Barbara from Chase the Star and I’m tickled to be part of Meredith’s super cool Back-to-School series!
I can’t believe it’s already time for our kiddos to go back to school!  Summer just flew by didn’t it?
We do so much to get them ready for school each year, but most of us parents forget just how much work the teachers have to do to prepare!  They have their hands full getting ready to enrich the minds of 30 kids give or take for an entire school year!
This year I thought, why not start the year by giving the teacher a little gift?  Something that says, ‘we appreciate you’?
We decided to give the new teacher a Pencil Vase that I made with very simple materials, mostly found at the inexpensive back-to-school section.
It was so easy to make, YOU can do it too:

 Make sure you have all the materials you need:
Mason Jar (or any type of large jar, tin can, or similar container)
Pencils (I used about 50)
Hot glue gun (and glue sticks!)
Optional: Crayons, ribbon, or any other type of embellishments you like
 Start gluing the pencils to the jar one by one, all the way around.  A little tedious, but it’ll go fast!
I chose to put them upright, but you can turn them so that the eraser is on the opposite end too!
  Once you’ve glued the pencils all the way around, it’s ready to be used!
If you’re familiar with me and my blog, you’ll know, I can’t leave well enough alone..
Sooo, I need to make it fabulous!
I added red ribbon layered with white thin ribbon on the top and bottom, and some crayons to make it fun, but..
..still not enough color.  I went to the drug store and found a pack of foam letters for just a $1!  I spelled out the phrase: ‘School is Cool’ and glued them on overlapping the crayons.
Pops of color everywhere!

 

I stole picked some flowers from my garden (fine, it’s my husband’s garden, because I kill all plants), and added them in my vase.  Love!
A very simple and inexpensive way to show your kid’s new teacher some love, and maybe earn a few extra brownie points come grading time (wink)!
What are you doing to get your kids ready to go back to school?
Thanks to Meredith for letting me crash your blog today!  For more of my crafts, and DIY tutorials, visit me at Chase the Star !
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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.