Ideas for Back to School {or Homeschool}

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30 Ideas for Back to School

I can hardly believe I’m even talking about Back to School Ideas! It’s hard to believe how quickly summers go by these days. Do you remember when we were kids and summer seemed to last forever? Those were the days.

But the fact is it’s almost August which means school will be back in session. This will be my 17th year homeschooling! We typically start our homeschool the first week of September every year. So in our house we still have a few wees of summer left.

So whether your kids are headed back to school next week or whether you won’t start your homeschool until the end of August, I’m guessing, like me, you’re already making some plans.

Back to School Lunches

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You may already know this, but I pack lunches for my girls when we are out for the day and sometimes even when we are at home to help our homeschool day flow smoother. I especially love our Easy Lunch Boxes. They are so easy to use, not to mention economical! Here are some ideas to help you figure out what to pack for lunch.

Follow Melissa Ringstaff {AVirtuousWoman.org}’s board Lunch Boxes on Pinterest.

You’ll also find more ideas in my Lunch Box series.

Back to School Craft Ideas

Teacher Supply Holder

These crafts will surely get you and your kids in the mood to start school! In our house we usually start school the first week in September and whether you homeschool or not, those back to school days are fast approaching!

Easy After School Snacks

Waffle Fruit Kabob Snack Idea

Kids everywhere are hungry after school! All that thinking is hard work. Here are some fun and easy snack ideas your kids will love:

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Lunch Box #2 {Healthy Lunch Box for the Whole Family}

Healthy Lunch Box for the Whole Family @ AVirtuousWoman.org

This week’s lunch box is super simple again. I used my Easy Lunch Boxes to make this easy lunch for my whole family to eat while we hung out all day at the ice rink.

Easy Lunch Box

Even if you have a picky eater, this meal will surely please. My children are not picky and love healthy food, but I’ve found that even picky eaters are happy to eat their veggies if there is some yummy ranch dressing to dip it in.

I packed the sandwich on top of a fun, brightly colored napkin which just sort of made me happy. I loved the fun pop of color.

What I Packed

  • Sandwich with Deli Slice and Cheese
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Fresh Strawberries and Blueberries
  • Grape Tomatoes, Carrot Sticks, and aw Broccoli
  • Ranch Dressing in a Salad Dressing Container
  • Organic Green Tea from Sweet Leaf

For the sandwich I used one of our favorite vegetarian deli slices, with cheddar cheese and mayo on sliced Italian bread. Everything else was raw so this was a really simple, Easy Lunch Box to put together. However, the colors are so vibrant, you just want to dig in!

You can purchase your own set of Easy Lunch Boxes and Salad Dressing Cups at Amazon.com. I’ve been using ours for a year now and still love them – and they still look brand new!

 

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Hospitality and Your Family {Day 53}

Hospitality and Your Family {Day 53} @ AVirtuousWoman.org --- By creating meaningful traditions, however small, your children will have cherished memories for a lifetime.

From Chaos to Calm: Day 53

Scripture Memory: “Rejoice with them that do rejoice.” Romans 12:15

Sometimes being really hospitable takes planning. By keeping a monthly calendar and making notes for yourself ahead of time, birthdays and special occasions won’t sneak up on you.

Hospitality and Your Family

     I have known women who seem to live for the next birthday party! They plan and they decorate and just have it all together when the party time comes. And then there are women like me, who just always seem to remember to plan too late. By making a chart of important dates to remember, you can quickly plan your month. You’ll remember to send those cards in the mail a week in advance and bake that cake and order the supplies for the party ahead of time. You won’t feel rushed and the gifts will be purchased well in advance.

     Kids always love a good birthday party. If you are able to invite friends and decorate the house with a theme and do theme games and party favors, I want to encourage you to do so. It is a lot of fun!

If birthdays in your house are generally a small family affair, they can still be special. Bake a special cake. Blow up balloons. Decorate with streamers. Make a big deal of it!

Creating Traditions

By creating traditions that you keep year after year and year round, your kids won’t grow just remembering the Big Christmas Get-Togethers, they will cherish those memories of mama baking the birthday cake, of her love and care that went into planning and the fun times that were created.

-- By creating meaningful traditions, however small, your children will have cherished memories for a lifetime. @ AVirtuousWoman.org

Further more, who says that you can’t go all out for Holidays that are “smaller” such as Valentines Day or St. Patrick or July 4th. Decorate the house. Make holiday crafts with the kids. Plan foods that you can prepare each year and make it a tradition! Why are Christmas and Thanksgiving and Easter the biggest and best? Find ways all year long to create special memories that will last a lifetime.

If you have not already done so, today I want you to make a Birthday/ Anniversary/ Special Occasion chart and place it in the calendar section of your Household Notebook.

P.S. This is My Life Weekly Planners come with a Special Occasions {Birthday and Anniversary} Calendar!

How do you show hospitality to your family?

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