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Friday, September 11, 2009

Make Back to School Special

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About two years ago my family started a tradition: Fresh Baked Cookie Wednesday. It marked the middle of the school week for my kids and gave us time to snack together after school and talk about the plans for the weekend.

MyBlogSpark and Pillsbury gave me some of the Ready to Bake Back to School cookies to try out. One thing we love about these (besides just eating them raw) is that you can bake as little or as many as you want. That comes in very handy in my house since my kids only like “hot” cookies, so I can make 6-8 of them and not have leftovers or I can make the whole batch.

The Back to School Ready to Bake cookies are available for a limited time and one lucky ready is going to get to try them out also, plus the items pictured above thanks to Pillsbury and MyBlogSpark.

How to enter:

Leave a comment about a school tradition your family takes part it. That is it! I will pick a random answer and post the winner. Entries will be taken until Tuesday, September 15th at noon CST. At that time I will post the winner and you have 48 hours to get back to me with your mailing information or a new winner will be picked.



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46 Comments:

JANE4girls said...

Kathryn said...

Well I just started homeschooling my oldest daughter. One thing we do is pick a memory verse from the Bible to concentrate on every week. I hope this will be a "tradition." Thanks for the entry!

September 11, 2009 2:11 PM
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Anonymous amanda @ fake ginger said...

I have a preschooler and our tradition is bread making. We don't have a set day but whenever we need a fresh loaf, he helps me out and even gets a little bit of dough to knead by himself.

September 11, 2009 2:38 PM
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Anonymous Rebekah in KY said...

We pick a day to go shopping for new backpacks & lunch boxes. They look forward to it every year. rebjwoo80 at gmail dot com

September 11, 2009 2:42 PM
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Anonymous Donna said...

Since we homeschool, I like to take advantage of things we can do that children who are in school can't do. So, with that in mind, I like for us to swim on the first day of school, just because we can!

September 11, 2009 2:43 PM
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Blogger Jennifer said...

This year is also my oldest daughter's first year of school, we have decided this will be a special day like a birthday!! When she comes home from school we will have a party to celebrate this wonderful yearly experience and also give the kids a reason to look forward to that first day.

September 11, 2009 2:54 PM
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Blogger Nancy said...

When our girls were young my husband would ask the same question every night at the dinner table.
"What did you learn NEW in school today".
That would really start them talking. It could be anything including one year the oldest said "I finally memorized my locker combination and it worked!". She was so proud of herself.
Now I watch 2 elementary kids after school and I ask them the same question while they have snack. Yesterday the girl said "I learned that if you are in 4th grade you shouldn't wear heels to school". WHAT??? Seems a friend wore a pair of little heels and sprained her ankle... lesson learned..

September 11, 2009 2:55 PM
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

As soon as the kids come in the door we empty the back packs together and talk about their day! Everything is still fresh from the dya. We have a small snack as well.

September 11, 2009 3:09 PM
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Blogger Leah said...

When my oldest was in school we would spend some time in the library each week picking a subject we both could learn something about.
When my littlest is old enough for school I hope to do that with him.

September 11, 2009 3:12 PM

mia said...

We are a homeschool family so our traditions might be a little different. One day a week we make it a point to spend the entire afternoon at the library. We invite friends and bring board games and snacks and use the meeting room there. It is a fun time to just socialize and reconnect with friends.

cooking like a frugalite said...

Well, I think we need to work harder to make better traditions, but one thing that my kids love that we do every year at "back to school" time is SHOP FOR SCHOOL SUPPLIES! My kids love it. This year we did something a little new: we shopped at our house first. It's amazing that we have collected so many pairs of scissors over the years because I just bought a new pair every year. Not this year! I shaved off at least $10 by using stuff we already had around the house (though I hated the ten minutes that I spent scraping stickers off of last years GIRL homework folder so that it would be new and acceptable for this years BOY homework folder-YUCK!
Thanks for hosting!

Kimberly said...

Our first one is just in First Grade this year. We haven't yet developed a tradition.... Well, I guess now that I think about it -- we do Friday Movie Night to celebrate the end of a great week! We let the kids pick the movie and we usually eat in the living room -- which is exciting for them!!

RM said...

I'm feeling a little bad that I haven't started a "tradition" with my daughter- 1st grade this year. Growing up my parents always had two school year traditions for us; we always had breakfast for dinner the night before and then dinner on the first day of school was always a "back to school blues" where my mom would color all the food blue! It was really fun!

staciefrost said...

We have "Milk Shake Monday". Every Monday, after school, I bring my little boy home and make him a fresh fruit milk shake. It gives him something to look forward too and it seems to make the week go easier for him. Thanks for entering me!
Stacie

staciedfrost at hotmail dot com

ChicMammaof2Boys said...

I have a 2 and a half year old and a soon to be 1 year old, so we don't really have school traditions yet. I can say that my favorite tradition growing up was special breakfasts on test days. We usually ate a quick cereal type breakfast, but if my Mom knew we were having a big test, we always got something special so we woudl do our best.

Anonymous said...

I walk my kids to school the first day. It gives us a little extra time together before they enter the school.

Alice

wvalice at gmail dot com

jlshad said...

I have three girls ages 11 (starting Middle school), 8 (3rd grade) and 5 (Starting Kindergarten). I'm lucky to be able to pick them up after school and hear about their day on the way home. Our tradition is 2 things: 1st, I bring the candy jar and they get to pick two small pieces of candy to eat in the car (this is usually leftover candy from holidays or goodie bags) and 2nd, "do whatever you want until 5pm" time. They don't have any responsibilities when they get home, just time to unwind and relax and play with neighbors. Then at 5pm...Homework!

Margery said...

Here's a fun one, especially for younger children. Take a photo of your child with the teacher on the first day of school. Then take one with the teacher again on the last day of school. See how much they've grown!!

JEngelland said...

Ever since my boys started school, breakfast on the first day has been a car picnic of Red's donuts (local shop that is practically an institution here) and chocolate milk down at the river front park. The rest of the year is relatively healthy oatmeal and egss...but that first day is a sugar and carb overload :)

cheapdate said...

Our school tradition is :On the first day of school you nust look nice. New/clean /decent clothes, new shoes and we always have Muffins for first days of school.

MidgetMomma said...

My daughter is only in preschool so we havent started many traditions yet, but the kids love going to pick out their backpacks. I say they because I let my 2 year old pick one out too. They get excited when I tell them it is time to go to CVS to find backpacks:)

Stacy said...

One thing I'm trying this year is breakfast with my 9th grader. It's a real challenge to get him to eat something before school so I've been getting up earlier to try and make something that will hold him until lunch. It gives us a chance to chat too. We haven't managed to do it every morning but it
s good on the mornings we have done it.

The Jones' said...

My son started Kindergarten this year. To mark the occasion I took him shopping for new clothes and let him pick out his backpack and lunch kit. We are still coming up with new traditions as the year goes. One that he really likes is when he gets home we both sit at the table have snack and talk. It random things his day, telling me about games just what ever he wants.

wendy said...

We homeschool also. I have a 10 year old and a 4 month old. A tradition we started with the 10 year old 3 years ago is he got to pick out one extra subject (besides the 3Rs) that he'd like to study. The first year he learned about and planted apple trees that he bought with his own money. Last year we studied Spanish. This year he is taking guitar lessons from a family member.

It is fun for him and helpful to me to have him involved in his own education.

Laura said...

One thing our family has always done is have a back to school picnic the week before school starts. We go out to a local State Park and play, hike and just have fun! We take it as a 'last chance' to get out and enjoy the summer before it's over!!

Tamara B. said...

Both of my children are teeangers now so each one has their own school list. We will go out about three weeks before school and start picking things up. I am trying to teach them responsiblities of making sure they follow directions and orgainze their supplies. Once everything is purshased they will sit down and label or mark their items and organize their backpacks accordingly. That way on the first day of school there is no stress because they are organized.

Anonymous said...

We dont really have one ... my oldest is in Kindy. Everyday after I picked them up from preschool, I would look in their bags and oh and ah over their treasures

Diana31974 at aol.com

beckyagne said...

I have always taken the kids picture on the first day of school on the front porch, same time and place, you can see how they have grown every year. Then I scrapbook the page for my memory book.

Jennifer said...

My little boy just started kindergarten and on Wednesdays he picks what we are having for dinner that night and help as much as he can. (we have been eating alot of pasta)

Alecia said...

we choose a certain day of the week to have a traditional breakfast. The other days we do quicker choices.

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

Well we buy the school stuff year round as far as clothes but school deals are stockpiled. We spend some time redoing and rearranging and cleaning rooms for a fresh start, donating clothes that do not fit. As far as weekly we have a midweek game night and talk and make plans for all for the next week or so.

Lauren said...

we're fairly new parents, so not really OUR tradition, but something my mum did for a long time was do s 'fun' meal Friday night at the end of our week (though thinking that my parents were also just a tad tired too ;) ) - often this was homemade chips (french fries ;) THE BEST!) and eggs. Or sometimes we ordered pizza. Those nights were so much fun!
Thanks!

tatertot374 said...

I have 3 kids in school this year. Our tradition is the night before school starts we all go to a local ice cream shop and hang out and enjoy the last night of summer together. Then in the morning I get a picture of all 3 together.
Thank you for the chance
tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

amy said...

my husband has a tradition with his son of always getting a picture on the first day of each school year. this year's features him in his car backing out of the driveway!

amy
scruffycat1970@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

In our family the first day of school is a picture taking day and so is the last day. We have always taken pictures of the children in front of our front door on the first and last day of school so that we can see how they have grown over that school year and compare each school year picture. jwatson46@comcast.net

Kristi said...

Right now we don't have a family tradition. But I've enjoyed reading what others are doing. We will have to start a family tradition soon. tkfenger1@att.net

Lori Sifuentes said...

Our tradition is the first day of school, have a big breakfast and dinner out somewhere of my son's choosing.

Thanks
surveys4lori at rocketmail dot com

Abby said...

Once we buy all of our supplies, we have a name-writing and tags party! We rent a movie, order pizza, hang out, and write our names on our supplies and what-not! It's something I look forward to...

Elle-Tn said...

I always ask each of the kids when I pick them up at the end of the day "How was your day?" Since they all get picked up separately that gives us a little time to discuss their day's events.

On Fridays, I like to crank the stereo up roll down the windows. My sons think their mom is cool especially when she puts in the ACDC. LOL!!!

monica said...

Our back to school tradition involves taking pictures the first day of school.
-monica
monicabozsik at yahoo dot com

JC said...

We don't really have one. But basically we have "cook together and picnic time" every other weekend.

crystal said...

I try to have dinner ready for my kids when they get home from school. They are in after school program so they get in around dinner time and are usually hungry and tired. I always ask them how their days were, and assist them with their homework if needed.

Janelle said...

Every night at dinner we talk about what everyone did in school and it's fun to have the kids compare notes on the various things they are learning. Before school started, we made the annual trip to Osage Beach for back to school shopping - that one is a really fun tradition!! :-)

Lindsay said...

My kids love tacos and we have Taco Tuesday every week...they even help make the tacos!
mommytotnt(at)yahoo.com

mechelle said...

We have several traditions in our family.....we always take a day about 2 weeks prior to school starting to go "Back to School" shopping and on the first day of school we always have a real BIG breakfast and I take a photo of them as they are walking out of the gate on their way....even though my babies are 14 and 18 they still enjoy these moments and would have it no other way

One Thrifty Mamma said...

We try to always take beginning of the year photos - then compare year to year how much they have grown! :)

one frugal lady said...

Having a complete breakfast every morning is our only tradition right now. I guess we will have to start a fun one soon!
onecheaplady@yahoo.com

Megan Rogers said...

Our tradition is that I write a note with fun stickers and something sweet with a picture from the week before :) of something that we did that was fun to just a picture that she took ...

Cant wait till she is in kindergarden ... she is just in pre k

MEgan

Penny said...

My son is only 3 so we are just in preschool, but we have made a tradition of making our own breakfast together on the weekend, and freezing them and then we microwave them in the a.m. on the way out the door.

Kelly said...

My kids and I snuggle in our bed and they each take turns reading to me.

Little-Bit said...

During the school week, breakfast is quick and easy. On the weekends our tradition is to make a hot, homecooked breakfast.

Sheila said...

After the first day of school we throw a "Family Back to School Party". There is a Welcome Home sign on the door, shaving cream for fun, breakfast for dinner (because that's the kids' favorite) and something special for dessert.

cblanchard76 said...

We take a picture the first day of school every year

Anonymous said...

We have snack as soon as we get home from school, trying to come up with new snacks is a challenge. It is special time for us to unwind from the beginning part of our day and get ready for the last half.

Malia Liermann
Snooky0630@bellsouth.net