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Back to School: Giving as a Family #cbias #shop

My daughter checking out Back to School deals #shopimage

It’s August already! Can you believe it? We’ve been so busy, mostly with summer theatre, that I haven’t had much time to start thinking about our new homeschool year, starting next month. Sometimes we hold a “Not-Back-to-School Pool Party” at our home on the same day the public schooled children start school. Other years we have all gone out for lunch together on the first day of school, and discussed what we all want to accomplish throughout this homeschool year. I think that’s what we’ll be planning this year, since most of the homeschool families who live nearby seem to have moved away. I’m sure we will also spend some time in our swimming pool if it’s a nice day. We will take a “first day of school” photo as well, as we do every year.

We thought a trip to Wal-mart to check out their “Back-to-School Sale” would be a good start at getting our school year organized.

Fantastic deal on notebooks #shop

You can’t beat this deal on spiral notebooks – just 10 cents each! My son wanted a few, including one for a science project he’s working on with a friend.

And we can never have enough paper in our homeschool. $3.00 is a great deal!

Great deal on paper #shop

I even found a really cool Rubbermaid sandwich set that fits perfectly, ice-pack included, into a lunchbag! My husband’s going to sport these in his lunchbag when he heads back to work after the long weekend.

Cool rubbermaid lunchbag kit #shop

While we were at it, we decided to give as a family, and collect school supplies. We love to do volunteer work as a family, and we have enjoyed volunteering at our church, as well as for the SPCA and the Meals on Wheels program. We chose the Every Woman’s Centre to give our collected school supplies to – they collect school supplies every year. We have knitted clothing items in the past to donate to the Centre during the winter. My children both loved helping pick out supplies on our shopping trip that other children may need.

My daughter organizing supplies for charity

I think my daughter’s favourite part of the whole shopping trip was organizing all the school supplies for charity afterward! We ended up collecting a nice assortment of notebooks, pencils, pencil cases, and Elmer’s Glue. You can check out the story of our whole shopping trip on Google+.

Will you be giving school supplies to your local organization? If you’re in the Sydney area, consider calling the Every Woman’s Centre at 567-1212 to donate. What are your favourite ways to celebrate “back-to-homeschool”?

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