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Gathering tips for Back to School

boy in preschool


Gathering tips for Back to School

Growing up, back-to-school was my favorite event of the year. Above Halloween and Christmas, for me, back-to-school signified the beginning of a new chapter in my life. It was much like a New Year’s Eve of sorts, but with new schools supplies.

boy in preschool

To this day, a trip to the office supply store beats a visit anywhere else. I adore looking through all the office and school supplies, learning about new organizational systems, trying out pens, etc. My kid missed the school registration deadline by two days and so he is stuck at home for another year . When he is ready to go to school, we will buy him more school supplies than he’ll know what to do with and we’ll ask him to do homework every night, even if his “homework” is just coloring. My niece graduated kindergarten a few months ago and she was reading by the time she moved onto 1st grade. I look forward to having him ready quietly for 15 minutes every day.

There are so many great first-day-of-school traditions that I’m looking into so I can have something consistent. I like the idea of having the kids hold a sign up with the grade that they’re going into – or something similar to that.

Back to school printable in Spanish

I’m also compiling ideas for a teacher’s gift. I also saw somewhere (probably Pinterest) a school supply “cake” where the crayons were layered at the bottom, then pencils in the middle of other school supplies being held with ribbon around the entire cake. It’s really cute and with tight school budgets, probably a great idea.

how to make school supplies cake

My current back-to-school supplies love is the line at Staples by Martha Stewart. I adore the colors (they remind be of Tiffany & Co.) and I have the teal notebook. I use it to take notes at conferences. The quality of the pages is thick and there’s a spot for a date and title of the page at the top. It’s a steal at only $4.99.

kids in preschool class

How do you feel about Back-to-School? Do you love shopping for the school supplies and getting ready for a new school year?

Pattie Cordova is founder of Cordova Media Group, LLC, a boutique social media consulting firm that develops and creates social media strategies for businesses. She manages and is EIC for LMVL SoCal. In her spare time (what little there is LOL) she enjoys working out, hanging out with her family (two chiclets and a Hubster) and traveling.



  1. tania luviano

    October 3, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    I do love back to school shopping, it reminds me fall is around the corner!

  2. Anne Louise Bannon

    October 3, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    New notebooks, pens, scissors, paper, all that cool stuff was the best part of back to school. And I'm still an office supply junkie. I just love file folders, notepads, sticky notes, pens, pens, and more pens. Did I say pens?

  3. natalie

    October 4, 2012 at 6:58 am

    my kids are too young! but next year I can't wait!

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