In a month or two, most kids across the United States will be heading back-to-school. The format may be uncertain due to COVID-19, but learning will go on. This year, we’ve pulled together a list of clothing, shoes, accessories, and backpacks as usual. As a bonus this year, we are also including great educational resources and school supplies that will work for on-campus settings, virtual learning, and/or homeschooling.
CLOTHES, SHOES, AND ACCESSORIES
Before school starts each year, I always inventory if each of my children have a sturdy pair of tennis shoes. Our school has P.E. for grades K-8 so all students in that age range are required to wear closed-toe, athletic shoes to school.
We have often found success with the ASICS brand for comfort, support, and durability. Plus, you can find a number of their styles on Amazon – which makes shopping an easy task to check off my list.
- FOLLOW ASICS on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
- BUY kids running shoes at ASICS.
- NOTE: ASICS is having a sale right now – for up to 50% off – which means you can purchase some shoes for $25-$35.
If your kids attend a school where uniforms are required (we do and we love it!), you probably are familiar with French Toast.
French Toast offers preppy and interesting basics at affordable prices. From now until July 26, you’ll receive 50% off SITEWIDE – plus a free mask with every purchase.
Meadow Jacket by Eddie Bauer
Although it’s still hot outside, autumn and winter will be here before we know it. Stock up on sweaters, jackets, and cold weather accessories at Eddie Bauer.
The Meadow Jacket (pictured above) offers huge style appeal, while being ultra-functional with four flap pockets, a hoodie, a drawstring waist, and a zip front. Because it is solid-colored, this lightweight coat will work as outerwear for many school uniform requirements. Plus, she’ll be able to wear it for hiking, camping, and outdoor adventuring! Available in sizes 4-14.
EnvyPak Page Protectors
Save yourself time, money, and printer ink this school year by using page protectors! We use them frequently for poetry, recitations, history cards, timelines, syllabi, and anything that needs to be referred to again and again throughout the year.
You can find EnvyPak’s page protectors on Amazon and they are extra fun because you can color-coordinate inside of your binder with bold or pastel colors.
Erin Condren Notebooks/Planners
If you have a young to-do list maker and setter of goals, consider surprising your child with a notebook/planner from Erin Condren. The designs are beautiful and the format is simple – a space for journaling and a space for corresponding lists with boxes to check off completed tasks.
CURRICULUM & LEARNING TOOLS
If you type “educational app” in google or in an app store, there will be hundreds of options to choose from – some are entertaining and well-done, others are poorly constructed with little educational value.
I’ve searched and researched many different apps over the years…and I have returned to IXL the past two summers. While IXL may not be quite as “fun” as video-game style apps (there are no characters to beat or maps to master), the app has been brilliantly designed for continual progress and mastery of content. In other words, I feel like my 8-year-old and 11-year-old are actually learning and remembering important math, grammar, vocabulary, and science concepts. It’s easy to tailor the lessons directly to your child’s current level and you can skip around to various grades based on your child’s aptitudes in each subject.
iProven Infrared Non-Contact Thermometer
If your kids are heading back to the classroom or participating in extracurricular activities this fall, there is a good chance that you may be asked to consistently provide daily temperatures. Make that task a breeze for both you and your child with a touchless thermometer. No need to poke or prod! Simply aim the wand toward your child’s forehead (1 to 2 inches away – no need to touch the skin!) and you’ll receive a clear, accurate reading within 1-2 seconds.
Think Tank Scholar Flash Cards
If math fact mastery is your goal, I have discovered that drilling is the best way to conquer the basics of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Games are fun (and highly recommended!), workbooks can help, and apps are excellent also – but nothing can quite replace daily flash cards.
Think Tank’s sets are intelligently designed in both format and beauty. The cards are sturdy, glossy, and well-made. One side features the problem; the other side has the problem with the answer (also shown visually). Best of all, the cards come in a durable, color-coded box. No rubber bands or cases needed! Inside the box, there are dividers to indicate cards that have been mastered and cards that need review. The sets also come with ideas for games and activities to spice things up.
- FOLLOW Think Tank on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
- BUY Think Tank Scholar Flash Cards.
- NOTE: Think Tank Scholar also has Sight Word Cards available for Pre-K to 3rd Grade.
If I Built A School
Chris Van Dusen’s newest picture book will enchant any child as they prepare to go back to school this fall.
Open the pages and meet Jack, a young boy who imagines what school would be like if he were in charge…and the results are enough to make any student ooh and aah. A Puppy welcoming committee? Classrooms with open roofs? Hover desks and hologram guests? A trampoline basketball court? Jack’s school has all of this and more!
What are your favorite products for back-to-school 2020?
Where will you be purchasing clothes, shoes, and gear for your elementary and middle school students?