I Have a Kindergartener, What Do I Need to Know?
Backpack Size: Many companies offer different backpack sizes, making it hard to know which size is best. When in doubt, go big. You can also test drive them: pack some folders, shoes, and a lunch bag and see if everything fits. Don’t forget to also leave space for those bulky snow pants.
Packing Lunches: Many students have short lunch periods (around twenty minutes), so make sure food is easy to open and consume. If your child can’t open something independently, cut packaging (like straw wrappers) ahead of time or consider a bento box style container where items are already unwrapped for them.
With all food items, be sure to confirm your school’s food allergy policies. Some may prohibit high allergen foods (such as peanuts) from packed lunches or snacks.
End of Week Exhaustion: Attending school full time definitely leaves some children fatigued by Friday. Don’t be surprised by some sleepiness, frustration or tears. Have no fear though: all kiddos adjust at their own pace and their newfound schedules will become second nature.
Before you purchase your first Sharpie, check with your child’s teacher for a school supply list. When you’re ready to shop, we’ve listed our favorites for both purchasing and donating supplies.
Find the Best Deals on School Supplies
My children love shopping in person (how else will they pick their favorite folder colors?). If your kids are like mine, head to local favorites Walmart, Meijer, Office Depot or Target.
Saving time and shopping online? Many teachers add their lists to Target’s School Supply Assist, where you can shop online for either in-store pickup or home delivery. Amazon is another good choice here too (who doesn’t love Prime next day shipping?).
Lend a Hand with School Supply Drives and Donations
A fantastic way to help local communities is through school supply donations. We’ve listed local organizations that distribute school supplies in the Kalamazoo area:
Kick-off the Upcoming School Year with These Fun Events
Saturday August 24, 2019
Date: Sat 08/24/2019
Location:St. Michael Lutheran Church & School – 7211 Oakland Drive PortageCome join us for a Back to School Carnival and 3rd Annual Car Show on Saturday, August 24th, 2019 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. This is a free event where you can meet our preschool teachers and have fun playing games and seeing some awesome cars on display. Treat [...] Time:9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Tell us, Do you have a back-to-school tradition?