This is the time of year when many organizations are collecting school supplies for those in need. Our church is one of the many. We read through our church bulletin together and I explained the need to J. He’s so excited about going to school with his backpack in hand and wanted other kids to have a backpack too. The bulletin announcement had a list of sugggested supplies. J and I used that list to create our own picture list on ppt. I read the item, typed it into clipart and J chose which picture to use. This made even list-making an activity he could participate in.
To add some math practice, include how many of each item is needed. Then have your little one read the list and count the correct number to place in your shopping cart. Of course I didn’t think of that while making our own list!
We printed our picture list and headed to the store to make our purchases. J “read” the list and called out the next item needed. Of course his favorite was crossing off each item with his highlighter! When we got home I set out all the supplies for him to fill the backpack with and it now sits by the door, waiting to be brought to church. I plan on having J turn it in himself.
This is a great act of service to get kids involved in since they so easily relate. Do a quick search for those collecting school supplies in your area, maybe a local church, YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, etc. As a former teacher I know all you really need to do is call up your local school, and ask them for a list of supplies needed. There were always students in need on the first day of school.