This post is sponsored by General Mills. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Transitioning to “Big Kid” School
Isla is starting school in a matter of weeks. While she’s been in different preschool programs since she was 2, this is her first time in “big kid” school. She will be in Transitional Kindergarten, so it will still only be for a few hours, but going each day will definitely be a transition for everyone.
I’m equal parts excited and nervous. On one hand, I’m nervous because it’s going to be much more structured than her old program and I’m worried she isn’t ready or that she’ll struggle. On the other, I’m excited because it will be nice to have a more regular routine. It also means that she’s getting older, and while I will lament that fact for a few quick seconds, the truth is, I don’t love these toddler years. 18 months- about 4 requires a lot of physical effort with all the carrying and lugging of kids and gear. Not to mention the emotional effort with all of the tantrums and big emotions that come with toddlers. This is not a stage of motherhood where I thrive. I really am looking forward to the school aged years and for our family to move out of this season of babies and toddlers.
New, Improved Box Top Program
As a former elementary teacher, I am also looking forward to helping in her classroom and helping her larger school community in little ways. One way to help your child’s school, which really requires little to no effort, is collecting box tops on your favorite products. The program has evolved over the years and now everything is done through an app on your phone. No more clipping tiny pieces of the package (although that is still an option if that works for you!)- all you have to do is scan your receipt.
I’ve started to pay more attention to packages that have box tops and I’m finding that they’re on the products I’m already buying- water bottles and snacks in bulk for the upcoming soccer season and my inevitable turn as snack mom, cereal for breakfast, yogurt for an afternoon snack. Mom hack: my kids love yogurt tubes frozen. They think it’s a popsicle and there’s less mess!
Even the disinfecting wipes I got to donate to her classroom! If I’m buying the products already, it makes sense to take the extra step and scan your receipt to benefit your school. I did it after a recent Walmart run. It took less time than it took me to put all the groceries away!
Earn Double Box Tops at Walmart!
From 6/24/19-9/8/19, Walmart is offering one bonus box top for each product with a box top you purchase. Twice the reward with little effort! Your earnings will add up twice as fast and your school will benefit.
Be sure to look at all products! I was surprised to even see them on some school supplies. I got these mechanical pencils for me, not Isla. There’s just something about fresh school supplies I can’t pass up!
Do you collect box tops for your children’s school? Do you clip them the old fashioned way, or do you use the app?