Scholastic Children’s Dictionary Back-To-School Blog Tour! {$100 Old Navy Gift Card Giveaway}

Today is the first day of the Scholastic Children’s Dictionary Back-To-School Blog Tour and I am thrilled to be STOP #1! You know what that means? It’s time to start talking back-to-school again and if your kids are anything like I was as child–they want the perfect “first day of school” outfit! I remember one year–I was around 11 or 12 years old and the New Kids on the Block were all the rage. Yes, I was a fan. A real fan. The type of fan that plastered their walls with tear out posters of Jordan Knight {my favorite}. I owned and wore all of their t-shirts. I even owned an NKOTB watch. Please don’t judge me LOL. OK, so my mom and I headed to the mall to build my back-to-school school wardrobe. Of course, being a “tween”–I didn’t particularly like walking around the mall with my mom. So, she decided to give me one of her credit cards so that I could pick out an outfit for the first day of school all on my own {don’t judge my mom–this was “old school” parenting LOL}. I was stoked! With credit card in hand and mom no longer cramping my style, I walked around the mall in search of the perfect outfit for the first day of school. So, what did I get? A $100++ NKOTB pleather jacket…which my mom promptly made me return. Good thing too because as cool as it was–a pleather NKOTB jacket did not exactly make an “outfit”.

Me growing up!

The moral of the story is never, ever give a tween a credit card! Seriously though, it is very important to be prepared before shopping for a back-to-school wardrobe and as much as they don’t want to admit it–kids need guidance when it comes to shopping and preparing for the first day of school. What to buy, how much to spend, where to shop, what will fit them, what will they wear? With a bit of pre-planning, you can make back-to-school shopping something you and the kids will actually look forward to. That’s why Scholastic has partnered with 15 bloggers–including myself–to celebrate the launch of their must-have 2010 Edition Children’s Dictionary with 15 days of back-to-school tips and awesome giveaways for their Scholastic Children’s Dictionary Back-To-School Blog Tour! I am honored and excited to be STOP #1 in the blog tour, but be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for a list of all the stops. Without further ado, here are some tips that will hopefully make your family’s back-to-school clothes shopping experience a little bit easier this year!

1. Before you shop, inventory your child’s closet and make note of what they need. Take any clothes that don’t fit anymore to a consignment shop or donate to Goodwill.
2. Make a list of all the items your child will need in the upcoming year. Include clothes for gym classes and any other extracurricular activities they may be participating in (soccer, cheer leading, band, etc).
3. Make sure that you check to see if your child’s school has a dress code before you shop!
4. Time to shop! Set a budget and inform your child of the budget so that you are both on the same page. This can even be a learning experience in money management skills!
5. Concentrate most of your efforts on buying only what your child needs. Stock up on basics like shoes, jeans, shirts, socks, and underwear. There’s no need to buy an entire wardrobe now. Buy clothing throughout the year as you child needs them.
6. Since trends come and go in a flash, try to keep trendy clothing to a minimum. Buy only a few trendy pieces that your son or daughter “just has to have” and then wait until later to buy more.
7. The first day of school is very important to kids so let them feel confident and purchase one special outfit for that first impression. It’s also a good idea to have the first day of school outfit planned out because it helps assuage children’s anxiety and nerves about the big day.
8. Take advantage of the many back-to-school sales and don’t forget about the end-of-summer clearance racks (it will still be hot in most parts of the country when school starts).
9. Shop stores like Old Navy, Target, and Walmart. They carry all the basics at unbeatable prices and they also do a great job of offering “trendier” clothes too.
10.  Above all, have fun shopping with your kids!

You can also find many helpful back-to-school shopping checklists online like this one from Scholastic. Also, make sure to add Scholastic’s new 2010 Edition Children’s Dictionary to your back-to-school shopping lists. It is truly a must-have for any child starting school this Fall!


ABOUT THE 2010 EDITION {from the website}:
With exciting features, accessible definitions and helpful illustrations and photographs throughout, the new Scholastic Children’s Dictionary is the essential resource that belongs in every home, classroom and library. The 2010 edition of the Scholastic Children’s Dictionary features more than 1,000 full-color photographs, simple sentences, illustrations, and diagrams as well as newly commissioned maps of the world, the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. There are hundreds of new and expanded entries written by a prominent lexicographer as well as thousands of additional sample sentences to illustrate word usage. The dictionary also includes guides on grammar, punctuation and idioms and simplified pronunciations created with real kids in mind! The new Scholastic Children’s Dictionary is an essential resource that belongs in every home, classroom, and library.

For more back-to-school tips and prizes you don’t want to miss, make sure to visit these bloggers over the next two weeks!
Scholastic Children’s Dictionary
Jolly Mom                                Stop #1            July 23
Momma Findings                    Stop #2            July 26
The Mommy-Files                   Stop #3            July 28
The Dirty Shirt                         Stop #4            July 30
1StopMom                               Stop #5            Aug 2
MommyMandy                         Stop #5            Aug 4
Guessing All The Way            Stop #7            Aug 5
Serendipity Mommy                Stop #8            Aug 6
The Divine Miss Mommy        Stop #9            Aug 9
From Dates to Diapers           Stop #10          Aug 11
MomDot                                  Stop #11          Aug 12
My Sentiment ExactLee          Stop #12          Aug 16
Mommy Niri                             Stop #13          Aug 18
3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires        Stop #14          Aug 19
Mom Knows It All                    Stop #15          Aug 20
And, of course–it wouldn’t be a blog tour without some fabulous back-to-school prizes right here for my readers! 


This giveaway is closed. Congratulations to the winner, SocialStudiesSoubrette!

This is a compensated post and I was also provided with a complimentary copy of the 2010 Edition of Scholastic’s Children’s Dictionary. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by anyone. Please refer to this site’s Terms of Use for more information.