That's right, it's BACK TO SCHOOL season!
This is Little Guy's first year of pre-school. We're ALL excited about it and we know he's going to have so much fun. We've been playing school more frequently in the past few weeks with his backpack and some awesome new school supplies from CVS!
And guess what? CVS has kindly offered to giveaway another set of these supplies for one lucky winner!!
Little Guy just LOVED putting these supplies in his backpack. He's had so much fun practicing writing his name with the markers and pens and playing with all the supplies!
Since Little Guy has food allergies, we've had to do some additional planning and preparing.
What have we done to prepare for pre-school?
1. Teacher meeting before school started
We met with his teacher (who is also the school's director) and the teacher's aide. I gave them a folder of information including his emergency action plan from the allergist, potential food allergens in preschool activities, symptoms of an allergic reaction and how a child might describe a reaction, EpiPen information, and food label reading information.
As you can see in the below photo, I also brought two expired epipens and two oranges so the teachers could practice using them.
2. Box of safe snacks and extra treats for the school's freezer
I brought in a huge box of safe snacks for Little Guy. I also brought in a few cupcakes that already have icing and sprinkles on them to put in the freezer at school. In case parents bring in unplanned treats for birthdays or special events, Little Guy will always have safe and special treats from which to choose too.
3. Cooking for MY freezer
I've been cooking safe snacks to store in MY freezer. The school provides the kids with snacks (things like pretzels and crackers). Instead of checking snacks every day, we decided that Little Guy would bring in his own snacks every day. Even though it's a little more work for me, I'm happy to provide him with healthy and safe snacks like homemade nut free granola bars, no bake granola bars, nut free snack mix, or pumpkin baked oatmeal bites.
4. Extra EpiPens for school
I asked the allergist for an extra EpiPen prescription so we could store a 2-pack of epipens at school. I used the $0 co-pay card. BOY do we appreciate this card!
I included the epipens and Benadryl in a clear Tupperware container as requested by the teacher. This way, she can easily put them in her bag that goes out to the playground with them every day.
5. Prepping Little Guy
We've been prepping Little Guy by reminding him to always ask "is this safe for me?" if someone offers him food at school. I also always remind him that he will be eating snacks that I give him from home, and he will be eating something different than the other kids. However, it will always be TASTY, HEALTHY and a great snack that he likes!
What have you done to prepare for back to school?
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