Start School Like a Champion!
I think that’s probably a life goal for me, and maybe even a 2016 one, with a little help from Sam’s Club. Kindergarten and first grade were easy for Scarlet, but they were hard for me. While she was thriving, amid the nap time and playtime of kindergarten, and then the reading and writing of first grade, I’ve been trying to piece everything all together since then! I’m still working on how I feel about the changing of seasons, grades, and years, and how I can get more organized so that I stop feeling quite so overwhelmed when Labor Day weekend ends, and school begins. It’s always a bit of a whirlwind for me.
Of course when I first started seeing “back to school shopping” signs in stores, and “back to school supplies” checklists on Pinterest, I balked. Who wants to think about back to school when it’s sunny in July and I’m at Cape Cod wearing a bathing suit? I certainly don’t, and I’m back to school phobic as it is. I prefer to deny and avoid. Or at least I used to feel that way. And I used to cry while listening to Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer.” Although I’m fairly convinced that will always happen.
Something changed for me this summer, though. I started doing my back to school shopping at Sam’s club, for some good one-stop shopping. You see, Scarlet made some incredible leaps with reading in kindergarten, and that skyrocketed in first grade, as expected. She’s attended the Summer Reading Olympics at her school twice, and we plan on attending the third time too. I learned to read at a young age and it’s one of the greatest loves in my life. I was surprised when Scarlet didn’t start as early as I had, but then she surprised me and worked so hard in kindergarten and first grade that she sailed through reading levels.
*Five Ways To Get Your Kids Excited About Reading:
1. Make a special reading nook, room, or hideaway in your house. For us, we got the kids giant bean bag chairs and special lights. Des can’t read yet, but he enjoys looking at pictures and having us all read books to him. Often.
2. Attend the library or other summer reading clubs. This is a great way to get kids together before school starts again.
3. Draw pictures together of the books you’ve read, and the images they create in your minds.
4. Have your own parent/child “book club.” My mom and I used to do so over lunch at a burger restaurant. You can also attend author readings together, or go to meet/interview local authors. We have a lot of those!
5. Take book-related field trips. We have a very cool one because we live near Mt. Greylock which is the site of an imaginary wizarding school in J.K. Rowling’s writing. My kids think that’s VERY cool. And of course, I do too.
*Big Bonus Round! Start school like a champion at Sam’s Club! I went last week for back to school items, and even found a FREE Rice Krispy Treats sample from a machine. Have you ever seen such a thing? It wound up being quite a fun shopping trip:
Sadly, in some ways, but also happily, it’s nearly time to turn the page on summer and dive head first back into school. Sam’s Club has an incredible book initiative through participating Kellogg’s and J.M. Smucker Company products. As we’re already getting all the lunch and school supplies we need at Sam’s Club, you can receive TWO free books when participating in the Scholastic “Start School Like a Champion” offer. Everybody is a winner here. You can receive a free book for your family, and a free book for a local classroom, just by shopping at Sam’s Club for the products you already know and love.
This is such a valuable offer because each Sam’s Club is partnered with a local school, and makes a donation to that school. So while you’re doing back to school shopping, you’re also getting free books for yourself and for local schools.
So, how does it work?
Start school like a champion! Get two free Scholastic books– one for yourself and one to donate to a local school – when you buy any participating Kellogg’s® or J.M. Smucker product at Sam’s Club®. Products must be purchased now thru 9/30/16, while supplies last! Over 80 full-length Scholastic titles to choose from for beginning readers to teens!
Redeem your free books in three easy steps! 1. Buy any participating Kellogg’s or The J.M. Smucker Company product by 9/30/2016. We LOVE Kellogg’s Nutri-grain bars. 2. Then upload your receipt at FreeBookOffer.com/Sams within 30 days of purchase. 3. Lasly, redeem for your free Scholastic book and one book will be donated to a local classroom as well!
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