I am finally getting the hang of this back-to-school thing, and this year I am really trying to stay on top it when it comes to my son’s school. It was easy to let things slide in pre-school and kindergarten, but now he is learning some important skills, and I have to be on it!
So here are 10 promises to my sweet first grader:
- I will pay more attention to your school calendar. I know mommy was not very good at this for kindergarten. This year, you won’t go to school in your pajamas only to discover that pajama day was moved to next week. (I went right home and I got his uniform, he was only wearing them for 20 minutes… tops) I will save events right into my phone, and even set a reminder for myself.
- I will go over your homework each night. I know you do your homework on your own while I am at work, which makes me so proud. Last year, I just scanned over it after everyone went to bed. But this year I will spend 5 minutes with you after dinner to go over it. I will make sure it is correct and have you explain how you did it. This way, I will be more familiar with what you are studying and you will get extra practice explaining things to me.
- I will plan your lunches ahead.
I will buy healthy fruits and veggies and cut them up the night before
so you have more in your lunch than just a PB&J sandwich and some
stale goldfish crackers. (which are still quite tasty… by the
- I will leave you healthy snacks. I know I am not there when you get home, so I am going to start leaving a list of healthy snacks you can have. No more ruining your dinner filling up on junk!
- I will make sure your uniform is clean. You will not be late because you are waiting for your uniform shirt to dry in the dryer. I went collared shirt crazy at the $5 back to school sale at Old Navy, so you will ALWAYS have a clean uniform ready to go in the morning. (this should be easy… but for some reason last year I kept running out of clean uniforms… shirts disappeared left & right)
- I will not give into pressure to do your school projects. I believe kids should do their own work, but after seeing some other projects last year, I have to admit, it was hard not to jump in and ‘jazz’ up some of your stuff. I cringed when you walked into school wearing your crazy, paper bag Indian vest and hat for the Thanksgiving show. The other kids had such detailed, fancy outfits, it looked like they were in a Broadway version of ‘The First Thanksgiving.” But you loved it. Because you made it all by yourself. (I really wish I had a picture… it was BAD) Later in the year, you made a REALLY amazing robot, modeled after your favorite Skylander. (I only did the hot glue parts) When you brought it to school, you were SO proud, especially when your teacher and fellow students told you how impressed they were. And you felt great telling everyone you made it all by yourself… because you really did.
How awesome is this Skylander robot?? This was last week’s project, we even turned it in EARLY! (and Hudson was just thrilled about it, can’t you tell?)
- I will collect box tops for your class. I know I have them on certain items, but I always toss them out. After hearing about the party for the kindergarten class who collected the most box tops, I promise I will save them this year.
- I will volunteer at a school event. I know how excited you get when you see me at your school, so I promise to take part in at least one school event. I’m thinking book fair may be a good one, since it starts first thing in the morning. I can volunteer a few hours before heading to work.
- I will meet you for lunch at least once. I talked about this in my post about getting involved in your kids school. I remember how much you loved it last year, so I promise I will find the time to do it again, at least a few times.
- I will read with you every night. I know sometimes I am tired and stressed and would rather just let you watch a show for a bit before bed, so I can get the dishes done or do some laundry. But I know how important it is to start good reading habits while young, so I have decided to make this a priority. No more skipping bedtime books.
Hudson, I know I’m not perfect, and I may get off track sometimes, but I am really going to try my best to keep these promises, since you are my most special boy… and your education is so important to me.
What are some goals you have this year, when it comes to your kids school year?
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