In these uncertain times of Covid and quarantine, many families are finding themselves in unfamiliar territory with online or at-home schooling. As a homeschooler for the past ten years, I am no stranger to the challenges of learning at home. Whether you have made the switch to homeschooling or your child will be learning remotely through public school, you may find yourself and your child struggling with the change. The best advice I can give you is to put yourself in your child’s place.
In my county, public school is starting in two days! As I mentioned before, we are homeschooling my son. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have to worry about school supplies. In fact, I would argue that I end up buying many more school supplies than I would if my son went to a typical school. I am responsible for both the teacher supplies and the parent supplies. So it is even more important that I choose products that are safe and eco-friendly.
While there are many great options for non-toxic, natural art supplies for kids (see my post on ten of the best options), the best way to make sure that your children’s art supplies are totally safe is to make them yourself. Most kids’ art supplies can be made out of common household ingredients! Here are five easy recipes:
When I choose school and art supplies for my son, my primary concern is whether they are safe. I look for terms such as “certified non-toxic” and “100% natural.” I know that kids (and adults for that matter) have a tendency to stick things like pencils and glue in their mouths. So, it is extremely important that the school supplies don’t have toxic materials in them such as PVC, phthalates, lead and BPA.
When I was growing up, my mom packed my lunch every day. Most of the other kids envied me because my lunchbox was packed with yummy treats like fruit roll-ups and Hostess cakes. Typically, I skipped the sandwich and went right to the sugar-packed goodies. I love my mom for putting things in my lunch that she knew would make me happy. But it probably has a lot to do with my current weakness for sugar and for the urgent pull I feel every time I pass a spongy cake filled with cream. Fortunately, parents today do have other options. Check out the following three ways to pack a school lunch.
You take great care to make sure that your child has only the healthiest foods for her lunch and snack. But what about the lunch box and containers that you put that food in? It is important to choose food storage containers that are made of safe materials, are good quality and don’t cost a fortune. You can find safer options that are free from BPA, PVC, lead and phthalates.