I can’t even believe that Cami is going to Kindergarten in only a few weeks. Back in my day getting ready to go back to school was the highlight of my summer! Thinking about which JanSport backpack color I was going to get, styling my outfits for the first week, the newness of fresh pencils, folders, and binders. And of course, writing my name on EVERYTHING with a permanent marker. Like many of you, we are having to prepare our kids for an unconventional year. Like many of you, I am pretty heartbroken that my child won’t be able to get the full “school experience”.
With all of the uncertainty there is one thing that I have learned during the pandemic we can apply to Cami’s first year of school no matter if she learns virtually or on campus. I found that I am much more productive during the day when I get up, and get dressed as if I am going to my actual office as opposed to loafing around in my PJs all day. For the upcoming school year, whether Cami is on-campus, or virtual learning, she’s going to get dressed, and put her best foot forward for whatever learning environment she’s in as she heads back to school.
Cami and I kick started back to school shopping by visiting walmart.com and going on a virtual shopping spree. I let Cami choose what she wanted because I wanted her to feel ownership for the upcoming year. I wanted her to pick the things she liked because I know that she is going into a year where there will be many things she doesn’t like (not seeing friends, not being able to hug her teacher, or wearing a face mask all day). For her first day back to school she decided to go bold in bright colors, jeans, and shoes that tie (because she learned how to tie her shoes during quarantine.)
Cami was all about choosing her backpack and lunch box! She was in unicorn and rainbow heaven when shopping at Walmart and landed on this backpack which totally fits her personality. After watching Frozen II for the 800th time during shut-down, a Frozen lunch box was a must have!
Although the Houston heat has got us spending our days and nights in tanks and shorts, we found really great fall clothes at Walmart that Cami loved and will be ready to wear as the seasons transition. Jeans in great colors and tops in perfect fall colors. Cami’s go-to shoes this summer have been her jellies which I’m sure she’s going to wear right on through the school year.
Even though the circumstances are dictating that Cami’s first “big school” experience may have some downers, Cami hasn’t really noticed a difference as we prepare for the school year ahead. I have been doing my part to hype up the year as if it’s going to be completely normal. Back to school clothes shopping is one way to help your kids feel the “normalcy” of school no matter if they are learning in the living room or in the classroom.