Win a Free Coffee Card! Share Your Back to School Ideas…

 Last night after a coffee date, my husband and I strolled through the Back to School corner at Target. Smooth-glide pens, unsharpened pencils, piles of notebooks or three ring binders, and boxes of untouched crayons excite me with their possibilities.

School starts in 13 days. While we are savoring every last day of summer now, once school starts I like to inspire my kids for learning. We’ve raised live butterflies and tadpoles, painted family crests, and decorated journals. Plus each year, I like to lay out the new school books, notebooks, freshly sharpened pencils, and art supplies to intrigue and draw in my children’s interest for the year.

What about you? Let’s swap creative ideas for getting kids and moms excited about going back to school. What do you do to raise excitement for going back to school for your kids? Or, what did your mom do that got you excited for school each fall? I would love to hear your ideas.

In fact, as a thank you gift for your  ideas, I’ll enter your name in a hat to buy one person coffee for the day. Here’s how to win
1.) Post your answer in the comments below to get your name in the hat.
2.) Optional: Answer this question on your blog also with a link to my blog there for another chance to win.
3.) Optional: After commenting with your answer here, click Share to Facebook to post this site with your good idea on your facebook wall too.
Three ways to earn your name in the hat for a coffee card. Let me know what you do in the comments section below so I can get your name listed as many times as possible. I’ll post the winner on Monday.

Let’s encourage each other as our families go back to school.

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  1. amysauder on August 24, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    We often dress up in nice outfits, go outside to our flagpole and recite the Pledge as well as the Apostle's Creed and Lord's Prayer.
    Sometime that week, we'll meet dad for a lunch picnic during his workday, or else go to a favorite restaurant to usher in the school year.
    We've been hosting our local group each fall for a kickoff picnic, with a speaker, and movie on the outside of the house. Even a few new notebooks and fun pencils make the day special.

  2. Michelle @ Changed By The Maker on August 24, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    We've done different things. Last year we had lunch at and a tour of the local pizza place, Happy Joe's. The year before we went all the way to Fargo for an all day trip to Bonanzaville (the kids loved that!). For this year, I've contemplated a day trip to Bemidji's Headwater's Science Museum, OR a day out at the beach OR using a theme like "The little yellow SUBMARINE" and just rocking it all day long. Themes make my kids' imaginations go crazy! It will depend on the weather.

  3. Houseofmills on August 25, 2011 at 12:21 am

    Haven't had my kids start school yet..this will be the first year. My Mom would take all of us kids to Target and let us pick all our own school supplies out and a couple new outfits. It was such a blast!! Nothing better then new stuff for a new year.

  4. Houseofmills on August 25, 2011 at 12:23 am

    oh…put this on facebook too.

  5. linda Myhre on August 25, 2011 at 12:51 am

    We take a picture of the girls in the same place, in the yard, every year. The tree has been gone for a few years but we approximate the place now. I also always buy a few extra school supply items when they were on sale. The kids always run out during the school year.
    I have brownies ready for them when they get home that first day and listened to all the first day happenings!
    Only my Madddie is left at home. Two more years of tradition. Maybe I will soon have grandkids to start a tradition with!

  6. Jennifer Dougan on August 25, 2011 at 4:12 am

    Amy, I love the idea of the movie on the outside of the house, or a lunch picnic with dad!

    Michelle, a tour of the local pizza place or other themed outing sound like fun.

    Liz, that must have been nice to let you as kids pick out your own school supplies. I can relate to that! Good job for posting on fb too. 2 chances that way!

    Linda, I like the picture in same place idea and the brownie meeting at home after school. Yum! Sounds good too. 🙂

  7. Jennifer Dougan on August 29, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Also Michelle's:

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