Everyone that knows me also knows that I hate back to school, I miss my kids way too much to get excited about the whole thing and my anxiety almost always takes over this time of year. I like to find ways to communicate with them and remind my boys that I am with them even when I am not because the truth is, it makes a mama feel better – selfish I know but it gets me through those long school days. You name it, I have tried it -the lipstick kiss on a piece of paper to put in their pockets, special bracelets and even a family photo so that they could feel the security of knowing I love them always but it seems I always feel like I haven’t been a part of their day but rather an accessory.
This year I have thought of something different for my very ambitious back to school project – as I like to call it. I am attempting to make dialogue for the boys to reciprocate so that I can keep them as a keepsake rather than just an ornament that they take with them to school. I have cut to size a bunch of papers and found a notebook that fits them for each child. Inside the notebook I will store all of the lunchtime notes I make throughout the year complete with their replies – having a year long memory of grade 3 and 5!
The task is simple:
- Create a series of designed papers with questions for the children to answer
- Make sure that they answer each one by end of day even if it isn’t during school hours
- Place the papers inside of the folder/notebook for safe keeping
Since I mentioned before that this task seems very ambitious of me, I am pre-making a lot of the notes to save on time. I really enjoy the PaperMate InkJoy Pens for the fine print because I am able to write quickly without smearing the whole page, time is of the essence my friends and one simple smear could ruin the entire note! I also have limited myself to making these tiny notes surprises with no timeline so some weeks the children may get 5 and others only 1 or 2 notes in their lunch bag. As well, even though I have an art background I am not focusing too much on the esthetics of the finished products – after all there are 2 kids and mama has almost NO time on her hands! The simplest way to make the pages appear colourful and fun is through the use of Sharpie Markers. Both the Fine and Ultra Fine work great for this, and once again….NO smears! Since they are also fade and water resistant, I can rest assured that the notes will last for years to come too! Perfect for this little keepsake idea.
- Sharpie Fine and Ultra-Fine Permanent Markers
- PaperMate InkJoy Gel Pens
- Pre-measured/cut paper
- Folder/Notebook for storage
It’s that time again! Seems summer (if you can call it that) has come to a closing and parents everywhere are searching for their back to school must-have items- however, a lot of us forget about the little things that make the transition easier and fun. Since shifting my own personal focus to assist in this, I feel like I am prepared for most of the school days ahead.
…A little preparation for the kids too…
While back to school also remains one of the most expensive times of the year in our household, I have tried to shift the children’s focus on ‘creating’ instead of wanting items that they essentially don’t need. While searching online for fun DIY’s and ways to reuse clothing and supplies we came across a really fun project – Sharpie Marker T’shirts!! Let me tell you, the results were fabulous and the kiddos LOVED doing them too – by far one of the quietest hours of my life!
Check them out:
Cool right? They loved playing around with colours and really enjoyed the part that makes the colours all slew and spill. My oldest has even asked to wear it for the first day of school – extra points for being a ‘cool’ mom. Add some simple designs to a plain white t-shirt with Sharpie Markers (endless colour options), hang on a hanger and spray rubbing alcohol to get the tie-dyed effect you see above.
**Note** The color stays perfectly if hung to dry after applying rubbing alcohol and then washed in cold water**