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  1. AndreaH says:

    One of my best memories from grade school was when I beat the ‘brainy’ boy in class when we did our math game. For a long time I wasn’t fast enough to beat him and one day I finally did.

  2. Tiffany Mann says:

    My tip for helping kids get ready to go back to school is to start putting them to bed early 2 weeks before school starts. That way they can get up at early and start getting used to the routine.

  3. Angela M. says:

    My back to school tip is to make sure their backpack and lunch are always packed the night before so they just have to grab them and go in the morning.

  4. Kerrie Mayans says:

    My back to school tip is to have the kids help label their stuff so they can see what they have and are less likely to lose it immediately or not realize that it is the supplies you got for them.

  5. Jenny Lloyd says:

    my back to school tip…..by school supplies throughout the year (when they are on sale, etc) to save 1.) money and 2.) time (not fighting the back to school shopping crowd)

  6. Stephanie O says:

    My tip is my a list of what you need and stick to it.

  7. Always have supplies on hand all year.

  8. Beanybopp says:

    My memory from elementary school is when we went to Camp Hebron for a week in 5th grade.

  9. June S. says:

    If your children walk to school, make sure they always walk with a big group of kid’s.

  10. Catie says:

    My favorite memory from school was being on the Jump Rope for Heart team!

  11. Jeanna says:

    My back to school tip is to start getting them into the school routine a week before school starts so it’s not such a shock to them and they are well rested!

  12. nicole says:

    shop early! like NOW for next year- gab next year’s school supply list and buy your products now while prices are cheaper and store in a box for next year!

  13. Angie Bailey says:

    Tip: Since many of the same school supplies are used year after year, try to salvage them. I always so through my son’s school supplies and clean them up and if they can be reused the following year, then he reuses them.

  14. Sylvia White says:

    My tip is to buy extra supplies while on sale and save them for use later in the year

  15. Beth Hill says:

    When it comes to supplies, you can try and guess what you will need before you get the list from school and I watch for the Staples 1 cent sales and at least get pencils and folders.

  16. Leslie Galloway says:

    My best tip is to buy the school supply kit from the pta instead of running around looking for everything on the list. 🙂

  17. April Yedinak says:

    My best memory from grade school is when our 4th grade teacher took us on a field trip to her house to learn how to make spaghetti and then we had a big dinner together.

  18. Mia J says:

    My tip is to buy things throughout the year and always buy extra when they are on sale because you always end up using them or donating to the class.

  19. Jamie Leigh says:

    Picking out my first day of school outfit with my momma. It was always a fun and memorable time 🙂 and now I get to do that with my 4 kids 🙂

  20. Kathleen says:

    One of my favorite memories of school (a looong time ago, for me! lol) is the spelling bees. I was and still am, a pretty good speller. When I was in 4th grade, one other girl and myself stayed after school each day for our reading because we were reading at high school level. We both competed in the spelling bees. Boy, I LOVED school!

  21. melina r says:

    my back to school tip is to shop the back to school sales and promotions, use coupons if possible to lower out of pocket costs

  22. Peppin says:

    Buy more pencils than you think your child will need. Classrooms are always out by May.

  23. natalie nichols says:

    I don’t have a back to school tip. My best memories from grade school were the field trips to DC.

  24. karen says:

    Buy more than you need when the prices are really low. You can always donate your extras to the school or local shelters.

  25. Renae C. says:

    I used to love back to school time when I was a kid! I loved getting fresh pencils, markers, backpacks, and everything!

  26. Daily Woman (Lacey) says:

    Be prepared and make a list.

  27. Sarah C says:

    My only tip is to get those kids used to the new sleep/wake up schedule at least a week before the first day.

  28. Samantha Daleo says:

    Well we are always a work in progress at our house but one thing we have learned that have help school morning to run smoothly is to lay out tomorrows clothes, tonight..even down to the under garments and accessories. Also packing the lunch the night before and just having to do the basic reassembling in the morning, helps things run quickly and smoothly.

  29. Lisa B. says:

    I like to get things on clearance and go to target and use my red card to get 5% off plus a coupon for another 5% off from getting prescriptions!

  30. Dianne says:

    My favorite memory is learning French in 5th grade. I can only remember a few phrases, but it was really fun anyway.

  31. Ruby Yoshi says:

    My favorite memory is going for back to school shopping with my mother

  32. Carrie Martinet says:

    I loved that my mom took a photo of us on our first day of school. Our carefully selected new clothing, our nervous but happy smiles, and our bags full of new crayons and notebooks!

  33. Khristin Zakem says:

    My favorite part of back to school when I was young was picking out my back to school outfit and laying it out for the next day.

  34. Khristin Zakem says:

    My favorite part of back to school when I was young was picking out my back to school outfit and laying it out for the next day. I never laid my outfit out any other day.

  35. Dawn Monroe says:

    I still remember k-gartenround up I was so scared but after that I was ok.

  36. allie says:

    My tip is labeling their items so they don’t get taken by accident

  37. Pauline M says:

    I’ve found that if I take my kids to find their classes before school starts and making sure they can get their locker open, it’s a lot easier for them to get through the first day of school!

  38. AmeliaB says:

    My bts tip is to make book covers out of paper bags and washi tape. 🙂

    Come check out my Education Giveaway Linky (I added your giveaway) http://ameliab.blogspot.com/p/education-giveaway-linky.html

  39. meegan whitford says:

    We always start school bedtime 2-3 weeks before school starts so there is no fighting bed time once school begins

  40. Claire Rheinheimer says:

    My best tip- be sure to get a picture of your child on the first day every year, you will treasure those pics!

  41. Gail Williams says:

    My back to school tip is to have a back to school treat day after school with a couple playmates, in celebration of the first day of school. My children, 3 daughters, loved this and they are all grown now. We would take pictures of the cake, usually decorated with a school yard on it, and this kept the girls looking forward to the first day of school every year.

  42. Wendy Pogrant says:

    My tip for helping kids get ready to go back to school is to start putting them to bed early

  43. Gabrielle F says:

    Be prepared! I know its simple but you wouldnt believe how being prepared helps getting back into the swing of things that much easier!

  44. Carrie Phelps says:

    My best memory of grade school is riding the boys with a family of boys that would sing on the boys in harmony all the current hits.

  45. Georgia Beckman says:

    One of my very best memories from grade school is from first grade. Our teacher, Mrs. York (who’s red lipstick was ALWAYS on her teeth!) would hand out “surprise packs” occasionally on rainy days when we couldn’t go out for recess. There were worksheets, coloring pages, puzzles & all kinds of fun activities inside. It was like Christmas!

  46. Kortney says:

    Routine Schedules! It becomes so much easier if they are on a schedule!

  47. Brittany C. says:

    My child isn’t old enough to start school yet so my best school memory is my very first day of Kindergarten- I remember so much from that day! It was raining and I was proud because I had picked out a Beauty and the Beasty waterproof backpack.

  48. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    I always start refreshing the kids on the basics of school afew weeks before like inside voices and such
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  49. Ellie W says:

    I have a 5 year old boy entering kindergarten who is not exactly thrilled. My tip is to let your kids pick out some of their supplies, backpack, lunchbox, etc…to get them excited about going to school.

  50. Amanda Alvarado says:

    Start pushing back bedtime about a week before school starts so your kids are used to going to bed at the right time!

  51. Lee Black says:

    My back to school tip? Sales, sales, sales, coupons, coupons, coupons

  52. Jammie says:

    Tip: After school starts stock up for the following year! Not only will the stuff be cheaper, but you will also have stocking stuffers for xmas.

  53. Francine Anchondo says:

    My best memory from grade school was meeting my best friend there.

  54. Michelle C says:

    My best memory is from second grade. I met my best friend then and we are still friends to this day. Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  55. polly says:

    I always had the kids get their backpacks ready the night before so they aren’t running around in the morning looking for things.

  56. Kathy Davis says:

    Always put a little note in their lunch box to remind them that you are thinking of them.

  57. Janet W. says:

    Buy extra supplies! My kids always need more about mid school year. Especially pencils.

  58. Emily says:

    My tip is o stock up on supplies, while they are on sale.

  59. heather says:

    start going to bed early a week before and getting up early and make lunches night before

  60. Colleen Fowler says:

    my tip is to get everything ready the night before, so if you wake up late you will have everything you need.

  61. Lesley M. says:

    Be as involved in your child’s education as possible. As a teacher, it is so refreshing to have parents who care, and are willing to help their student succeed.

  62. Tamar says:

    My tip is to buy supplies when they are on sale throughout the year so you don’t have to feel overwhelmed about buying supplies right before school starts.

  63. Check to see if your local library has a summer book sale. They often sell bags of books cheap on the last day of the sale. Their largest selection is usually children’s books.

  64. Mary Williams says:

    Get the kids on a routine before school starts!

  65. Christina Domingue says:

    My tip is to teach kids school is fun. I hear parents telling their kids they have to go to school or they will go to jail. Thats a bad thing to teach our children. School isnt always fun but they learn to make friends be away from home to learn to read and write

  66. Mike Bratek says:

    Try to save enough money, because in our city, they charge a fee for each class taken.

  67. Lacey j says:

    My only tip would be to get school supplies as soon as you know what they need!

  68. Jennifer Aldridge says:

    My tip would be to start getting the kids back on schedule for waking up early, breakfast, etc. about a week or two before school starts.

  69. Sarah Sparks says:

    I used to love Back to School shopping as a kid. I still do as an adult! There’s nothing like a new spiral notebook and sharpened pencil. lol

  70. Brenda I says:

    Try to buy school supplies during the summer when they are on sale.

  71. dawn k says:

    Start prepping early. Get in a routine, and stick to it. That way school isn’t so tiring.

  72. Victoria Carlson says:

    My favorite memory from grade school was when my best friends and I sang Lean on Me at the talent show!

  73. Jeryl M. says:

    I remember in first grade I won a prize for having the longest pencil because I never used to sharpen mine.

  74. I always loved the newness of the first day of school.

  75. Eileen Richter says:

    Tip. get all sports exams done ahead of time because the clinics appt. times fill up SO fast!

  76. gen says:

    keep the afternoon routine pretty close to the same so noone gets confused

  77. amanda cabrera says:

    Be ready in advance and see if you can have a get to know the teacher/classroom day before school starts. Sometimes that first day of school can be a bit overwhelming.

  78. Stephanie says:

    We always start going to bed early about a week before school starts so it’s not a huge challenge.

  79. April M says:

    I prepare my kids in advance as much as possible, and make sure they know when I’ll be back.

  80. Sacha Schroeder says:

    My tip is just to prepare early and have a wonderful schedule in place ahead of time!

  81. Stacy says:

    One of my best memories was my first day of kindergarten when we were having a tour of the school and we stopped in the library. The librarian was pointing out the picture books, saying those were the books that we were allowed to check out and I pointed to the chapter books and asked “What about these?” to which she responded we could read them when we were older. I picked up a book off the shelf and started reading it out loud. Needless to say, that was my last day in kindergarten!

  82. Dawn Sweeps says:

    In fourth grade I had this really cool tie dye notebook. It was my favorite school supply ever.

  83. kathleen says:

    my back to school tip is to have an extra special breakfast ready and a special dinner

  84. brooke t says:

    packing my back and then unpacking it and repacking it 🙂

  85. Melissa S says:

    My best back to school tip is get a weeks worth of clothes ready including underthings and socks. hang them on hangers in the closet.

  86. Nicole E S says:

    My favorite memories from grade school are riding my bike to and from school when the weather was nice. It was so much fun!

  87. becky says:

    This year we’re going to pull out school clothes for the week and then she can pick from them during the week on her own. This way I won’t worry about her insisting on going to school dressed up in last years halloween costume.

  88. Renee B. says:

    My tip is to do little by little and start early.

  89. mamabunny says:

    Each child is assigned a color (their favorite) and all of their supplies, book covers, bags, water bottles …are primarily their color. I still put names on things so things don’t get lost at school as easily. The last of my children are in high school and I still use the color system. It makes it easier to make sure the right child has the right text book, uniform, homework… Teenagers want to sleep as as long as possible, think as little as possible in the morning and just take care of what they have to: getting dressed, primped,food/coffee and out the door. Wait that sounds like us parents!

  90. Heidi Daily says:

    My best memories from grade school are when we went to the planetarium every year, and when we went to the zoo in second grade.

  91. Get your children ready for the change of going back to school by adjusting their bedtime at least two weeks before they head back to school.

  92. holly jack says:

    I loved how the summers seemed to last half the year and made returning to school exciting

  93. Gretta says:

    Be encouraging to your kids about the start of school instead of always being negative about it. If you make it seem awful they will not want to go and will dread it but if you make it sound fun and exciting that transition can be much easier.

  94. Jennie Sanderson (@jenpsht) says:

    Don’t wait till the last minute! Get things waay before time for back to school so you don’t stress.

  95. Kathy M. says:

    My favorite memory from school is the time spent jumping rope with my friends during recess.

  96. Elizabeth Ray says:

    In first grade, the teacher selected books for the “library table,” from which we could select books when we were finished with our work. I remember my teacher “complaining” that she could not keep enough books there for me.

  97. nikki m says:

    My Back to School Tip:

    Put together the first week of outfits with your child and have them hanging and ready in their closet. This will help them get ready more quickly in the morning and feel happy about what they are wearing

  98. Ashley VanNorman says:

    Get the kids on a schdule and have then start going to be early about 2 weeks before school starts.

  99. K. Finn says:

    Just get things as ready as possible before school starts and label things.

  100. KAthy S says:

    Take a picture the first and last day of school.

  101. Denise Donaldson says:

    use coupons and utilize sales

  102. Jessica K. says:

    stock up on school supplies now while they are cheap!

  103. karel says:

    I get a whole weeks worth of clothes ready on sunday night so I don’t have to worry about finding clothes early in the morning.

  104. Mippy/Sabrina says:

    Coming home from school and sitting with my mom and her writing about my day.

  105. Micheala Riedersberger says:

    My favorite memory from grade school would have to be a field trip that i took in 6th grade to new orleans!

  106. Mandy Weirick says:

    Create a huge stockpile of supplies while they’re all heavily discounted. You won’t regret it!

  107. Jenny says:

    My tip is that I start shoping for back to school clothes and other needed items in June so that I am not running around at the last minute.

  108. Robin Blankenship says:

    Stock up on cheap school supplies

  109. christine jessamine says:

    my tip is to always stock up when every thing goes on sale for the next year

  110. Elizabeth Crabtree says:

    When my mom dropped me off for the first day of kindergarten she introduced me to my teacher and then I turned around and she was gone. In less than 10 seconds she disappeared.

  111. christy tai says:

    one of my best memories of grade school was sitting at lunch with my best friend and sharing our dreams.

  112. sherrie gerdon says:

    My first day of Kindergarten and the day I graduated.

  113. Cynthia Brooks says:

    My memories revolve around my Mom always making getting prepared for school fun.

  114. Sarah Osborne says:

    My favorite grade school memory was picking out all of my new writing utensils for the new year!

  115. back to school tip would be prepare and practice. I started to practice early bed time a week before school started. I also practiced the drive so I knew the best route for pick up after work.

  116. K.Pugh says:

    My tip is to shop for back to school is to start as early as possible.
    Thanks for the chance.

  117. Savannah miller says:

    My oldest is only going to kindergarten so I don’t have any tips yet lol
    But I was reading everyone else’s thanks for all he great tips everyone!!

  118. MonaG says:

    My tip is to browse thrift stores for clothes and Big Lots and/or dollar stores for supplies. Great deals to be had.

    Thanks 🙂

  119. tina reynolds says:

    Start getting back on a sleep schedule about two weeks for even get the kids in the routine of getting dressed by a certain time

  120. Misty Thompson says:

    buy extra supplies while on sale!

  121. bev davison says:

    Don’t forget to send in those rebates!!

  122. Carmen Van Deursen says:

    Shop early it gets the kids excited and motivated to start.

  123. Alycia says:

    My favorite memory from grade school was our astronomy lesson each year – we always went to the planetarium!

  124. Terra Heck says:

    Set out each child’s outfit the night before so they are not scrambling to find something to wear each school morning. Thanks.

  125. Austin Baroudi says:

    Always have everything ready the day before school starts. Waiting till the last minute never seems to work out!

  126. Florence says:

    My tip for getting younger students ready and excited about the fall is to set up a few playdates with students you know will be in your child’s classroom as the school year approaches. Our semester starts in September so during August I try to arrange a few playdates for my soon-to-be first grader. This way he’ll feel more comfortable knowing he will have a few friendly faces in the fall.

  127. golden storm says:

    back to school tip,,be prepared with all you need for the start of back to school and extras

  128. Linda R says:

    My fourth grade teacher was my favorite teacher! She made learning so much fun which made me look forward to school each day. It was because of her that I wanted to become a teacher, and I did! I taught third grade for 6 years.

  129. Aurora Hall says:

    My favorite memory was when I was 6, I tried to take my cousin to school with me and I cried when they said no, so they let him come back for lunch if I was good.

  130. theodore esteghamat says:

    My favorite memories was the fun we had in gym class.

  131. Lorene Boyd says:

    My favorite memory was hanging out with my friends at recess.

  132. Melanie Morin says:

    My best memory from elementary school is the end of the year trip we took to Toronto, Ontario in 6th grade.

  133. Katie Amanda says:

    I liked being involved in community service clubs in 6th grade and on.

  134. Kasee Johnson says:

    My favorite memories from elementary school was always the back-to-school shopping. My mom went hog-wild with shopping before school started so that I had a completely new wardrobe. Sadly, I can’t offer the same to my kids. With 4 of them, I am able to buy each kid a new outfit for the first day, but I just replace clothing when it gets worn out throughout the year.

    I keep a stockpile of standard school supplies, but I don’t go shopping for the school year until AFTER school starts – and I get the list of what each kid needs from the teacher.

  135. Gianna says:

    Stocking up on sales.

  136. Ruby Daniels says:

    Keep homework on a time schedule and hopefully after so long it become a habit instead of chore.

  137. Candice Hull says:

    My oldest is just starting kindergarten so I don’t have tips yet. But my biggest memory is from Kindergarten. Our class was doing a Say No To Drugs video (it was the 80s where all drugs were still considered bad) and I was the director so I had to do this monologue at the beginning. We had one day to do the shoot because it was for a tv contest and I had the chicken pox. My teacher picked me up at my house, they moved all the elementary students to the gym for an extra recess and I recorded my part and went home. Luckily, we won. I was interviewed on tv and they asked why I had spots all over my face. 😀

  138. krystal wethington says:

    I always loved the sleepovers me and my friends from school would have.

  139. Shea Balentine says:

    Definitely plan ahead for the first week of school to get back in the routine… pick out clothes the night before, etc.

  140. Diane S says:

    My memory from grade school, is when we were kindergarten/first grade, we would take trips to the school library. While their the librarian would read us a story (and be totally into it). After this she would take the personal time with each of us to help us find the book we wanted. I know she was just doing her job, but she was doing it well and full of energy. I credit her with some of my current love of reading.

  141. kathy pease says:

    I shop all through the summer and get a few things a week so I am not running around all crazy at the last minute

  142. Cindi Decker says:

    My best school memory was when I got the role of Helen Keller in the school play.

  143. Lindsay P says:

    My back to school tip is make sure you finish your shopping early! It’s the best way to avoid long lines and a lot of rushing.

  144. Denise C says:

    I was always a big fan of pizza fridays 🙂

  145. Maggie Fout says:

    Tips: lay out clothes the night before and have everything stacked in the fridge ready to put in the lunch box!

  146. Alex says:

    Get a good alarm clock!

  147. Sam Stamp says:

    My tip is to stock up on supplies for the whole year! Buy them while they’re on sale or cheap so you don’t have to spend more money later!

  148. Jennifer Essad says:

    I’ve learned to not send everything to school on the first day – it’s overwhelming for the kids-

  149. kolpin says:

    my favorite memory was putting on plays with my class!

  150. AEKZ2 says:

    My favorite memory is the after school movies that we had on Fridays

  151. One of my best memories from grade school was track and field day. Always was one of the funnest days of the year.

  152. My best back to school tip is to wait til the day school starts to load up on supplies at Target/Walmart/etc, you will find the absolute BEST clearance deals on everything you need! I’m talking pennies on the dollar! I plan on going Monday, actually.

  153. CarolynH says:

    I label all my child’s supplies in case he drops or misplaces anything.

  154. Deborah Wallin says:

    I get extra notebooks and pencils when they go on clearance, so in the middle of the year, when they need replaced, I don’t have to pay more.

  155. Brandi Price says:

    I always loved Field Day in Elementary school!

  156. Michelle Tucker says:

    My favorite memory from school is when my best friend and I had to do a book report in front of the class. We got real inventive and did all kinds of props.