Caroline starts 1st grade on Monday…remote. I’m still really nervous about how this is all going to work for her and our family. Matt and I continue to debate hosting a pandemic pod with a few other first graders or sending Caroline to a classroom at Thomas’s daycare (offered to siblings with remote learning). There are pros and cons to both and we just don’t know what the right answer is. And I don’t think we’ll be able to make a decision until we dive into her first week and see what an 8:30 am – 3:30 pm virtual school day entails.
The only thing we know for certain is that we’ve at least got a class pet and all of our back to school shopping covered…
To get Caroline excited and ready for the school year, we partnered with Walmart to online shop for outfits, a backpack, lunchbox, water bottle and lots of school supplies! Walmart Fashion offers a wide variety of affordable options and Caroline was so excited about all of the fun dress prints. We stocked up on this cute play dress in several prints including the fox print and space print! And of course, we grabbed a pair of jelly shoes!!
Favorite Girls Dresses
The item that Caroline was most excited about last year was her lunchbox, and this year it was a backpack! This was such a tough decision because of all of the cute options available. She also had a few requirements this time around — the backpack needed to have multiple pockets and come with a matching lunchbox and water bottle. This 6-piece unicorn backpack set checked all the boxes and was her favorite (although this rainbow backpack came in as a close second)! And Thomas picked out a 5-piece dinosaur backpack set. Both sets were only $11 and came with water bottles, pencil pouches and a lunchbox!!!
Favorite Girls Backpacks
Favorite Boys Backpacks
We also got a few items for our home classroom for Caroline, including this fun lap desk which she immediately filled with school supplies!
Alright virtual first grade, we are ready for you! I think.
Thank you to Walmart for partnering with my family on this post and to my readers for supporting my blog. All products, purchases and reviews are of my own.
JILL S HARTLEY says
If shes ever looking for another first grade pen pal to practice writing let me know! We are working through writing (spanish and english… im tired) and getting those skills back!
I also have a first grader this year, as well as a fifth grader. We made the hard, hard decision to homeschool this year. It would never have been my first choice but compared to trying to get them to engage with a screen all day… 😬 Many curriculum options are open-and-go, with very little prep, and the material can be covered much more quickly than a traditional 7 hour school day. Anyway, I just wanted to throw one more option out there! It was one of the hardest choices we’ve ever made, and I know whatever choice you make will be the right one for your family!
I have a second grader and seventh grader. The little one is in class 4 days a week with one virtual and the middle schooler is two days in class three days virtual. I’m sweating it because I feel like they will end up five days virtual and my job is offering zero leniency. #pray
On another note: Walmart has the cutest little dresses for little girls! And $11 for a backpack set?!?! Whoa! Will the lap desk work for a late thirties, petite female as well?!?! LOL
Best of luck this crazy start of school!
As a former school based SLP make sure she is reading books at her level to maintain her reading fluency. That is the biggest gap I have seen with my first grade granddaughter. Prayers and hugs from Waco!