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School is coming to an end for the year. Are you excited?  I know as the school year comes to a close, I just get lazy and want it to be over. Come on summer!

When summer comes to an end, then it’s back to school! That’s how it all works, right? By the end of summer, we are saying, “School needs to start, like  yesterday!” Although, I do know there are a select few of your that don’t want school to start just yet.

The real question is, do you prepare for the start of school through the summer or do you wait until the last minute to get everything ready? For me, I am one that likes to get everything ready through the summer and when we got those fun supplies list from the school, that’s all I need to get.  With that being said, I am already ahead of the game for next year with this adorable set I got from The World of Eric Carle.
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You can check out the previous products we got from Eric Carle, that we use every day.  Now, a little more about what we just got.

This cute puzzle called Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? My First Touch & Feel Puzzle from Mudpuppy is very easy for little ones to play.  This new puzzle introduces problem solving to young, developing minds in a fun and familiar way. Textured pieces make each puzzle (four 3 piece puzzles) a unique sensory experience for toddlers. The chunky pieces depicting favorite characters from the classic children’s book make these puzzles ideal for any young Eric Carle fan. This puzzle includes: a brown bear, yellow duck, green frog and a goldfish.  Which is perfect for the after school days, when the little one is waiting for dinner and need to keep them occupied.

eric carle
Here, is what I have already for the start of school in the fall.  The Very Hungry Caterpillar Backpack  and The Very Hungry Caterpillar Lunch Bag are designed to meet the needs of very busy, hungry preschoolers and made of safe, easy-to-clean materials. The design is inspired by the beloved Very Hungry Caterpillar – which is just the cutest book!  This is perfect to store all the wonderful memories that need to be carted back and forth to and from school.
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  • Reply
    Lily Kwan
    June 9, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    buy supplies

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    Angela W
    June 8, 2016 at 11:38 am

    We read a lot and I buy items out of season (when they are marked down)and size a bigger (fall/winter items) for my children to wear.

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    stacey shepherd
    June 8, 2016 at 11:35 am

    To prepare for next school year, I read books and articles, and tons of pinterest posts and start making my lists for when I return.

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    June 7, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    We get the school supply list early and start keeping a look out on the sales.

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    Morrighan Crowe
    June 6, 2016 at 8:58 am

    We are a homeschooling family, everyday is a learning experiment, even during the summer. We will be swimming and plowing through our curriculum.

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    Cheryl B
    June 6, 2016 at 6:37 am

    I shop the sales and buy needed supplies weekly.

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    Heather B
    June 5, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    We like to keep reading through the summer, shop for our supplies, an incorporate learning in everything we do.

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    June 5, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    We stock up on sales during the summer.

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    Shayna Brookman
    June 5, 2016 at 7:39 am


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    Lisa E
    June 3, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    We do workbooks for whatever grade they finished to keep some things fresh in his mind. Practice writing.

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      June 6, 2016 at 8:29 am

      Such a great idea!!

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    Jillian Tyre
    June 3, 2016 at 8:28 am

    I get started on clothes and shoes shopping. There have been some great sales at Target, so I have managed to get a week’s worth of pants for my youngest, and a weeks worth of shirts for my oldest. I keep an eye out for clearance, too, like supplies or backpacks.

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    June 2, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    We always do some workbooks to keep his mind fresh!

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    Ellie Wright
    June 2, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    I buy clothes and supplies I run across on sale or clearance.

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    June 2, 2016 at 12:25 am

    Nothing! It’s not my responsibility! Hahahaha! But summer does mean that I get to see our kids and our grandbaby, so I am so happy!!

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    June 1, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    We still do ‘homework’ via workbooks and of course keep up with reading

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    June 1, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Always have reading time each day!

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    June 1, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    We continue reading and do flash cards over the summer to keep them in the learning mode.

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    Sarah Hall
    June 1, 2016 at 10:37 am

    We try to pick up school supplies all thru the summer so we are not hit so hard when it is school time. My kids like to read so that’s no problem. We also do games that involve math skills.

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    Heather Hayes Panjon
    June 1, 2016 at 10:19 am

    I Shop Sales And Clean Out Closets.

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    Angela Saver
    June 1, 2016 at 12:03 am

    We do lots of reading all summer long!

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    James L
    May 31, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    We stock up on supplies at all times of the year. Heck, when it comes to clothes, I have wardrobes planned out for a year ahead of time. 😉

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    Lisa L
    May 31, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    I buy supplies and clothing when it’s on sale and we go to the library and different museums.

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    Holly Thomas
    May 31, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    My kids are about to start school this coming school year. So i’m making sure they know how to get dressed, put their coats on and off, shoes on and off, using the bathroom and washing hands properly. They already know academically what they need to know to start Kindergarten – it’s the things like mentioned that they need just a little help with!

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    May 31, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    we keep up with reading everyday and practicing reading and writing together

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    Shannon Alexander
    May 30, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    We read and might do a lap book or a unit study on something that interests them. Plus my daughter has a pen pal so that keeps her writing.

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    May 30, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    Keep reading! Libraries have great summer reading programs for kids of all ages. Reading over the summer is one of the best things you can do to keep your brain “active” during the summer.

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    May 30, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    We do lots of reading and continue with our math skill.

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    Jennifer Rogers
    May 30, 2016 at 7:37 am

    WE stock up on school supplies and work on our weak areas

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    Rochel S
    May 29, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    We do the review homework and stock up on supplies

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    Amanda Tempel
    May 29, 2016 at 4:11 am

    Stock up on supplies!

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    Leigh Anne Borders
    May 28, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    We plan out our summers full of library visits and mini field trips.

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    May 28, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    We sort through clothes, visit the doctor for check-up, etc., and watch for sales on school supplies.

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    Trisha Burgess
    May 28, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    We go to the library and do a weekly book and writing classes and I start buying supplies as I see them on sale!

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    Lisa L.
    May 28, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    I love Eric Carl!!! And the puzzle is just the cutest.

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      Lisa L.
      May 28, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      Eric Carle sorry… Stupid autocorrect.

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    May 28, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    We get school supplies & clothes.

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    Natalie F
    May 28, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    I keep my kids on schedule and I don’t allow for much sleeping in. Otherwise, the only thing I require or encourage is reading.

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    Amanda Alvarado
    May 28, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    We start buying supplies and backpacks in July when we can find them on sale or special!

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    lissa crane
    May 28, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    I make sure visit the library a few times a week, including any activities they offer for kids!

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    May 28, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    My daughter is starting 4k in the fall. We will be going to bed earlier and working on things she will be learning i school next year.

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    ken ohl
    May 28, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    we make lists and dates on the lists to complete

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    May 28, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    We read lots of books every day!

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    Monique L.S.
    May 28, 2016 at 11:33 am

    My daughter will be starting kindergarten in the fall. We will continue to practice her writing skills.

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    laura revilla
    May 28, 2016 at 11:12 am

    my kids would love it

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    May 28, 2016 at 10:59 am

    continue reading and working on math skills

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    jodi Armstrong
    May 28, 2016 at 10:41 am

    We continue reading and practice skills in the former of games.

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    Terri S.
    May 28, 2016 at 10:21 am

    We visit our library frequently for story time and pick out books to read at home.

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    elizabeth miller
    May 28, 2016 at 10:16 am

    We join the summer reading program at school. We also stock up on worksheet print outs.

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    Maryann D.
    May 28, 2016 at 8:01 am

    We always tried to get the back packs and supplies ready over the summer.

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    Austin Baroudi
    May 27, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    My daughter’s not in school yet so I haven’t had to worry about it.

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    May 27, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    We read ahead on the reading list.

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