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20 child article submissions by the Mothering community.

Sustainable Style for Back to School: The Ultimate Guide to Green Supplies

  Sustainable Style for Back to School   Back to school season is here and we know you're likely thinking about how you can be more eco-friendly this year without breaking the bank or spending excessive amounts of time you don't have.   With that in mind we've created six easy to use guides that break down some of the best green options for back to school basics. From easy to find brands who are making an eco effort to more unique, stylish and sustainable supplies that you would normally have to dig to... read more

Pens, Pencils and Highlighters Oh My! 6 Eco Options for Back to School

This special section was created by natural product expert Amy Serotkin of The Mindful Home as part of Mothering's Ultimate Green Guide to Back to School Supplies. Check it out for many more eco-friendly, made in the USA picks for back to school.   Little changes make a big difference. Choosing sustainable alternatives to even the most minor items is a great way to help kids celebrate our earth all year long. Here are some of our best picks for eco-friendly pens, pencils and... read more

Sustainable, Stylish Notebooks and Binders for Back to School

This special section was created by natural product expert Amy Serotkin of The Mindful Home as part of Mothering's Ultimate Green Guide to Back to School Supplies. Check it out for many more eco-friendly, made in the USA picks for back to school.   Let your kids celebrate their sustainability in style with these gorgeous notebooks, paper products and binders made with the earth in mind.     Academic Planner by Sarah Pinto   Sarah Pinto makes academic planners and notebooks in... read more

6 Uniquely Green Items to Add to Your Back to School List

This special section was created by natural product expert Amy Serotkin of The Mindful Home as part of Mothering's Ultimate Green Guide to Back to School Supplies. Check it out for many more eco-friendly, made in the USA picks for back to school.   Looking for some unique and eco-friendly products to round out your school supplies list? Don't miss these green alternatives to conventional choices.         Pencil Case by American Apparel   Available in... read more

6 Easy to Find Eco-Friendly and USA Made Back to School Brands

Don't forget to enter our Lunchbots giveaway here!   This special section was created by natural product expert Amy Serotkin of The Mindful Home as part of Mothering's Ultimate Green Guide to Back to School Supplies. Check it out for many more eco-friendly, made in the USA picks for back to school.   Some major retailers and manufacturers have introduced product lines made of sustainable materials like recycled plastic or sugar cane.  Other companies, like Crayola, are still making a number of their products in the USA.  You can view their entire selections in... read more

10 Earth Friendly and Made in the USA Backpacks for Back to School

This special section was created by natural product expert Amy Serotkin of The Mindful Home as part of Mothering's Ultimate Green Guide to Back to School Supplies. Check it out for many more eco-friendly, made in the USA picks for back to school.   While the overwhelming favorite among parents seems to be L.L. Bean backpacks, only their totes are made in the USA.  In keeping with the theme of these guides, I decided to seek out some other options that were eco-friendly or made in the USA.  I'm happy to report that I found several that were... read more

Why This Mom Can't Bear Back-to-School Season

  By Suzanne Leigh   “Back-to-School Specials!!!” scream the store placards. They are a reminder that now might be the time to get a discounted backpack for my younger daughter, but more potently they nudge me back to my default: the bereaved mom aching for the child that will always be dead. My elder daughter had loved school and if we had dodged that brain tumor bullet, she would now be eager for eighth grade. At her school, students aren’t allowed to use the “h” word, but I think I am: I hate school. Not because of the curriculum, the students or the... read more

Is Farm to School Enough? My 92 Cents

Do we want to simply feed kids better food at school or do we want to empower them to make better choices outside of school?  The best part of farm to school education is that you can start today!   I recently had the privilege of attending the Farm to School Summit in La Crosse, Wisconsin  with a great group of health educators, school food service workers and more from Transform Rock County.  I am really glad to have had the opportunity to see the exciting progress that folks in the La Crosse area have made with bringing fresh, local food into their school... read more

Free Activities And Worksheets For Preschool And Kindergarten Aged Kids

As a stay-at-home mom, I love learning about great resources with free educational worksheets or activity suggestions.  The days at home get looooooong sometimes, and I can only play Candyland so many times in a row before I'm desperate for something new.  And I don't like my kids to watch a lot of tv, which means the burden is on me to come up with fun (but educational) activities for us to do.  I thought it might be fun to start a Wiki with some suggestions for free printable worksheets an and activities and have others collaborate by suggesting their favorites too.... read more

When Is Your Child Ready To Start Kindergarten

There are several factors to consider in deciding when your child is ready to begin school. 1) Evaluate Maturity As a former preschool and kindergarten teacher, I believe that one of the most important aspects of a child’s readiness is his social and emotional development.   2) Assess Basic School Skills A child should be gaining confidence in several of the following categories before you consider enrolling him in a preschool or kindergarten program:   Gross Motor skills. Controlling the large muscles such as arms and legs with... read more

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