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We enrolled our 6-year-old daughter in a Homeschool Partnership Program with the local school district this year. They provided the curriculum free-of-charge and we go at our own pace. Our daughter also takes a weekly art class at one of the elementary campuses - and she may begin piano soon too!
Because we school at home (or on the road) most of the time, we don't do traditional "back-to-school" shopping.
But I have some great picks for those of you who do!
Acadia Backpack by Overland Equipment
The Acadia Backpack ($100) in Peacock is a lovely shade of turquoise - the perfect color to hold on to the fun of summer, while embracing the trends of fall. The pack has a water bottle holder to ensure that your student stays hydrated, a snug and soft place to hold a laptop, and padded sleeves for comfort. There are also plenty of mesh pockets for pens, mints, and cell phones. Ideal for teens and college students.
Paradox Ecotread Little Kids Shoes by Chaco
Closed-toe sandals are a great pick for holding on to the lingering days of summer. Your child's feet will be covered and safe, while still having room to breathe. Best of all, these durable shoes are made to be thrown in the washer to ensure longer life. Note that the outsole contains up to 25% recycled material. Paradox Ecotread shoes are also available for boys - in Chocolate Brown and Chive.
Gently Used Clothing by thredUP
Get all the best brands - for 70% off. I recently made an order (with my hard-earned money) at thredUP for our girls! I price-checked at Target and Old Navy, but thredUP won out. We selected 3 dresses, 2 skirts, 2 shirts, and 2 pairs of shorts for a total of $41. The clothing was in excellent condition and absolutely adorable. If you use the link above, you'll get a $10 discount on your first clothing purchase, which is pretty awesome considering that many of the t-shirts run right around $3 and dresses can be as little as $5.49.
2 pairs of eyeglasses for $99.99 at Sears Optical
If anyone in your family is in need of new glasses, consider Sears. Right now, adults can get 2 complete pairs of eyeglasses with scratch-resistant plastic lenses for $99.99 and kids can get 2 pairs of eyeglasses with polycarbonate lenses for $99.99. Sears Optical offers a variety of colors and frames at an affordable pricepoint. If you are looking for designer brands like Coach or Burberry, you'll have to look elsewhere. Featured brands at Sears include: IZOD, Kardashian, Structure, and Canyon River Blues. My new specs (pictured above) are by Apostrophe.
* Thanks to Overland Equipment, Chaco, and Sears for providing products for review purposes.