Friday, July 26, 2013

Back to School with Classrooms by Walmart

Disclosure: Special thanks to Walmart for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. 

It's that time of year when the lazy days of summer make way for the start of a new school year. 

Does your family have any back-to-school traditions? Here are a few to get you started: 

-In Germany, parents give their children a "Schultüte," or school cone. This giant cardboard ice cream cone is filled with back-to-school goodies. To make your own, roll and staple a large, colorful poster board into a cone shape. Decorate with stickers or markers and fill it with funky pens, erasers, bright Post-it notes, highlighters, a new pair of socks and a healthy treat or two. Even high schoolers will appreciate this token of good luck for the upcoming year.

-Surprise your child with a brand-new lunchbox, and make a date for a special grocery shopping trip to buy goods for the first couple weeks of school lunches.

-Take a first day of school photo in the same spot every year. Have your child hold up their fingers indicating what grade they're about to enter. Make the photo even more special by shopping for a special back-to-school outfit that makes your child feel confident.

-Invite over a couple of friends who will be in your child's classroom the upcoming year for an end-of-summer play date.

-Take a moment as a family to discuss goals for the upcoming school year, making sure to establish what steps will likely need to be taken to get from point A to B. Moms and Dads: this is a great time to revive your New Year's resolutions! 

-Prepare a special breakfast and make time to enjoy it as a family: Make banana pancakes and drizzle on smiley faces with chocolate syrup, gather a variety of fillings for egg white omelets (cheese, mushrooms, spinach) or prep carrot-raisin muffins the night before by freezing, then baking in the oven upon wake-up.

-Reconnect after the first day of school by heading out for a relaxing walk in the park with a stop for an ice cream treat.

Here's a new way to buy school supplies: Classrooms by Walmart. 

Check the “Cash for Schools” landing page and see if your school has signed up. 

If so, you can begin earning 4% cash back on all Walmart purchases for your school

If not, provide your school administrator with the printable “Free Cash For Your School” PDF.

If you can’t find your children’s/child’s teacher registry, it’s not a problem. Simply invite them to join Classrooms in one easy step - Click “request a list” to send an email to your teacher. 

You can also help the school of your choice earn money by redeeming eBoxTops!

With Classrooms, teachers can create a registry and build their own classroom supply list. They can then share that list with parents and never run out of school supplies. 

In turn, parents can visit the Classrooms curated school lists to get started purchasing school supplies for their kid/s. There is a list for all grades. 

How teachers can sign up 
1) Visit the Classrooms website
2) Click on “Teachers Sign up” in the top menu bar
3) Fill out the form
4) Press "Create Account" 

How parents can sign up 
1) Visit the Classrooms website
2) Click on “Parents Sign up” in the top menu bar
3) Fill out the information
4) Then Click “Sign Up”

Give Classrooms by Walmart a try and let me know what you think!

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