Back-to-School Traditions

“I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.” – John Steinbeck


I’ve made no secret for my love of teachers. I’ve always loved learning, rarely found a teacher I didn’t like, and remain in contact with some of my favorite teachers more than a decade after I was a student in their class. My kids share the same love of learning, and I give a lot of credit to their supportive learning environment. We love our school, and especially our teachers.

Our first day of school is in two days, and we’ve gone through our usual back-to-school traditions. Haircuts. Closet clean-out. Clothes shopping. Supply shopping (that’s a whole other story – I saved quite a bit of money this year by combing sales and teaming up with like-minded moms to shop in bulk for certain items). Today was our mani-pedi day, and tonight we finished up preparations with our annual start-of-school Pinterest project.

One of our favorite back-to-school traditions is creating a “Teacher’s Survival Kit” to give our teachers on the first day of school. That day is so crazy, and this gives them a little extra something to make them smile. Plus, my kids and I have fun shopping for the items and packing the boxes. We fill it with a combination of things – some for the class, some just for the teacher. Some of the ideas we’ve borrowed from Pinterest, some we came up with on our own. I’d like to say that’s due to me being super-creative… it’s not. I won’t lie. Typically, it’s because there’s a shortage of an item I had planned on including. Which is how the marbles were upgraded to a deck of cards.

We try to make the items fairly useful, and change up the list a little every year. I know some people will think this is a little excessive, overboard, whatever. Sorrynotsorry. I haven’t met a teacher yet who didn’t deserve a little extra something on the first day of school. They’ve already spent hours of time getting their classrooms ready, spent hundreds of dollars on supplies… and if a fresh pack of post-its a few pieces of chocolate can make the first day a little less stressful, then I’m happy to oblige.

Here is this year’s “Kit”:

Teacher Survival Kit 2015


I may or may not be eating the remaining pieces of chocolate as I write. Come on, it’s Godiva. It would be wrong to leave them on the table. Mama needs love, too!

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