We JUST started back-to-school last week! I was READY! I know, I know.. preschool is just a few days a week, for just a few hours a day. But being on this schedule saves our family, ya’ll!

Ari is currently enrolled at the YMCA (where I work) for preschool. He attended two-day preschool last year, so this year I bumped him to 3-days. And, even though it’s *just* preschool, it’s important to make sure we’re all prepared for a change.

A backpack. Ari needs to take his swim trunks and a towel to school with him, but even if he didn’t, he would take a backpack. Preschoolers are always coming home with art projects and letters from teachers explaining what they did that day. It’s just the easiest way to keep all of that in one place until preschool pickup.

PS. Ari picked out his own backpack — this Skip Hop unicorn backpack. One of the many reasons I love this kid so damn much!ย 

Reusable snack bags. No, Ari doesn’t get ‘snack time’ during school; but as soon as school is over, that kid is hungry! I mean, aren’t you after you spend a morning learning your face off?? Haha! ๐Ÿ™‚ So these snack packs come in handy!

A Water Bottle. Honestly, what is it about preschool that makes kids so dang thirsty!? If I forget Ari’s water bottle, he will chug all of the water from mine. So I always have his water bottle full for him so he can drink up as soon as I pick him up.

We happen to love this Contigo Autoseal kids water bottle! It works perfectly and is the absolute perfect size for my little guy.

Dry erase lapboard. This lapboard is key, y’all! One thing that amazed me from Ari’s first year of preschool was how quickly he learned his letters and how to write his name. Like, for months the only thing he would say when someone asked him how to spell his name was “A – R – I… Ari!” ๐Ÿ™‚ But that is because we practiced — a lot!

Age appropriate flash cards. Knowing that preschoolers learn by playing, Ari and I make games out of flash cards. He already knows his colors, shapes, and numbers; but this year we’re working on sight words so he’s ready for the next step (ahhhh!! kindergarten!!).

New shoes! I’m not team #AlwaysNeedsNewClothes. In fact, we buy so many of our children’s clothes gently-used from a local consignment shop. I always find Gap jeans and Gymboree clothes (with tags on!) for, like, three bucks! Heck yes! But one thing I never skimp on is shoes. Our children stand, play, jump, and run, nonstop. It’s so important that they have support. So I have actually purchased several sizes in these Stride Rite shoes so that I can just have them on hand for when he grows!

So if you’re a mom of a preschooler, what would you recommend to have for preschool-readiness?? Did I miss something?

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Heather Kinnaird September 14, 2017 at 9:55 am

i LOVE those snack packs. they would really have some in handy when my kids were little


Mariah September 14, 2017 at 10:12 am

My two year old knows her letters, letter sounds, colors, shapes and numbers but rarely wants to work on them with me! Maybe she’d like the flashcards! We still have a while before she hits true preschool so I’ll have to remember some of these for later!



Karyl | Karyl's Kulinary Krusade September 14, 2017 at 6:16 pm

Loving the backpack! And Ari looks so happy to be modeling it…so cute. I so agree with you on shoes. And the need for good shoes is for everyone, regardless of age. I know, since I’m currently in a walking boot from weeks of walking bunches of miles in old running shoes ๐Ÿ™


Courtney Byers- Life Of A Med School Wife Blog September 14, 2017 at 8:14 pm

Aww what a cutie. My sweet niece started pre-k recently too ๐Ÿ™‚


Nicole September 16, 2017 at 10:52 pm

I love that he can go to the school where you work. I bet you love this mama and those snack bags are awesome! I hope it is a great school year for both of you. ๐Ÿ™‚

xo, Nicole


ashley peavey September 17, 2017 at 6:47 pm

So much fun! Love that backpack!


April September 18, 2017 at 12:30 pm

Definitely all must haves, I love t he reusable snack packs.


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