With another school year around the corner, it got me thinking about kids and cursive writing. This hit me last year when I noticed that all the teenage girls on my daughter’s hockey team (including my own) print their name when they “sign” the game sheet. This was not just her team. The opposing team players all did the same. This only proved something that I already knew – cursive writing continues to be on the decline.
But with cursive writing comes opportunities, like the art of calligraphy. My daughter loves to create her own bullet journals and calligraphy plays a part in her creative process. She’s come to discover that she’s a visual learner so she creates a lot of colourful mind maps to help her study. I’m proud to say she’s a straight A student, so this process is working for her. She explained to me that you have to make the process (of studying) fun. Whether it’s using her new brush tip markers or cracking open a brand new notebook, it helps to break the monotony of studying. So if you have an artsy or creative child, introduce them to mind mapping. It may open their minds to a new way to study!
Before the kids hit the books, new school supplies are in order. New supplies for a new school year, right?! Be sure to encourage your kids to go shopping with you and let them choose their own school supplies. Now if you really want to impress your kids, read up on the Staples’ 2017 top back-to-school trends before you head out and they’ll be amazed to learn that you are pretty cool after all.
Being that it’s Canada’s 150 birthday, Canadian themed products like Crayola 150 themed 64 pack of crayons and Canada 150 animal, lumber jack and 150th anniversary pencil pouches are the perfect shout outs to this incredible country we call home.
I love colour and it’s great to see that bright colours are still as popular as ever. The poppin tape dispensers, files, cups and trays will brighten up any desk and backpacks in various colours are anything but boring.
ME to WE
Craig and Marc Kielburger believe that each of us can help make positive changes to the world. Each ME to WE item purchased at Staples helps to provide clean water, health care or school supplies to an overseas community in need.
Don’t underestimate the power of licensed products. HEYS Star Wars, Minions and Frozen licensed backpacks are still big hits with the kids. And of course emojis are still as hot as ever also!
Honestly, I never knew that eco-friendly school supplies existed, but what a great idea. Staples Eco Highlighters (made with 78% recycled plastic water bottles), Post-It Assorted Recycled Post-it Notes (contains 30% post-consumer content) and Staedtler Wopex Coloured Pencils make a perfect match for the young environmentalist in the family.
Love it or hate it, technology plays a big part with school. Staples carries a range of laptops, computers, and printers at a variety of price points. We love the Whoosh Webcam Cover (must have), Maxwell Action Kids Headphones and the iCloth Wipes.
As you can see, there are a ton of fabulous options for back-to-school shopping at Staples. By getting your kids involved, setting good habits early on, and introducing new ways to help them study, the kids may just surprise you this upcoming school year.
Until September 12, you can help support the Staples School Supply Drive by adding a donation to your purchase either in store or online. Your generous donation will go a long way in supporting local community organizations such as Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, United Way, Salvation Army and Breakfast Club of Canada.
Staples Back-to-School Giveaway
Tweenhood received a Staples back-to-school bag loaded with school supplies and now we’re giving away one also! A lucky Tweenhood reader will win one (1) Staples product bag (valued over $270). There’s so much in this bag that we can’t list everything, but trust us when we say that Staples got you covered for everything back-to-school.
Enter below for your chance to win a Staples Back-to-School Product Bag. Please note the prize may not be exactly as shown.
About Wendy Morelli
Wendy loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Her love for technology stems back to the 10+ years of working for technology based companies. Wendy's alter ego, "AppHipMom" has been featured in Canadian Family, iVillage, Women in Biz, EverythingMom, BlogHer and Savvy Mom.