This post is sponsored by Quaker.
Being prepared for school means getting enough sleep, having a full belly, homework in their folders, permission slips signed, and a lunch box that actually makes it on to the bus!
I can honestly say that there was more than a few days when last year when I dropped the ball on one or two of these. I want to teach my children responsibility but I also want to set them up for success. Creating this drop zone is a great way to stay organized and teach my kids responsibility too.
Sleep and food are not a problem for us but going to school hungry is a real issue for many kids. Last week I shared that as a Quaker Classroom Ambassador, I’m inviting you to join Quaker in supporting teachers nationwide. From July 7 to Sept. 30, purchase specially -marked Quaker products and enter the unique package codes online at www.QuakerUpForClassrooms.com. For every code entered online, Quaker will donate $1 to AdoptAClassroom.org up to $250,000 (minimum donation of $150,000) to help fuel classrooms across the country. Plus, you’ll get a coupon for $1 off Quaker products. Learn more at www.QuakerUpForClassrooms.com.
Signed permission slips, keeping homework organized, and making sure lunch boxes are on the bus with my son are not always givens. His bus comes before 7:30am can you blame me? It’s going to be different this year. I prepped this insanely simple drop zone and we will use it too!
There are 3 simple parts to our drop zone :
1. Hook for backpacks. They come home and go here- they stay here until they are put back on to go out the door the next day.
2. Bin for lunchboxes. After I make lunches in the morning they go in here. No more ” Did you leave it in the fridge? Is it on the counter?” it’s in the red bin. After school it goes back in there and I empty the scraps and pop the cold pack back in the freezer. Kids don’t touch it until it’s time to dash out the door.
3. Tray for homework. All notices and homework folders go in here. I will look through them and know what needs to be done.
I will never be a super organized person, it’s just not who I am, but a little help goes a long way!
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Total Sweepstakes value is approximately $92.00
Quaker is providing the prizes for this program at no cost to me. This program is not administered or sponsored by Quaker or its affiliates, but solely by No Time For Flash Cards.
How to enter :
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Fine Print :
This sweepstakes is open to American residents 18 years or older. To be eligible for the sweepstakes you must leave a comment on this post with your own teacher appreciation story and include the hashtags #QuakerUp and #SweepsEntry . 1 winning entrant will be drawn at random, using Random.org, after the sweepstakes closes on Saturday August 30th 2014 at 8:00pm PST. The winner will receive one Gift Pack detailed above. The approx. value is $92.00 After the winner is notified he or she has 72 hours to respond with their mailing address to ship their prize package to,or another winner will be chosen at random. No purchase necessary.The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Any information gathered through the sweepstakes including email and postal addresses will not be used in anyway other than contacting winners and shipment of winnings. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.