Monday, July 28, 2014

20 Days of Schoola!

It's that time of the year again! Getting ready to go back to school is in full swing in our house as I'm sure it is in yours! There's lesson planning, shopping for supplies, books and clothes for the kiddos.

My boys are excited to get back to school. Don't get me wrong, we have all loved the summer break but when it comes time to do school my boys each have subjects that they beg me to do and are eager for that undivided school time again. At 9 o'clock, when school begins, Isaacs first response is "can we do art first?" In all subjects I really encourage the boys to express their unique creativity. But we also set aside a special time to break out the paints, scissors, clue, markers, and everything else sticky and messy ~ 'cause we all know the more there is of that the more they love it! Art can be one of the most important subjects of a young students life. I think it's so important to let kids explore and develop their minds thru Art. I enjoy watching my boys creative side especially at their young age! A lot of the time we get to see what their hands create that they aren't able to express in words.

Isaac has loved to draw since he was old enough to hold a crayon!

 Here's a birthday card Alex made for his friends birthday (as you can tell she was a girl lol). He loved to pick out the paper, flowers, stamps and his favorite part was using the paper cutter and round all the corners with the paper stamp.

There are so many creative things that my boys love to do all year long. Their latest obsession is creating these "crazy" bracelets! Its so cute even Jesse is into these things. There are also games they play on their devices that require some building of bricks and such. But they really get a lot of direction and learning during a structured setting at school time.  
Unfortunately, not every school has the necessary funding for arts and usually it's the first subject to be cut. It breaks my heart that so many children are deprived of building their minds and freely expressing their thoughts thru Art.
I just learned about a way to help raise funds for schools who need it to keep, and or bring, Art into the school. Schoola was launched in 2012 and they are dedicated to putting paintbrushes, books, baseballs and violins back into the hands of children. Schoola is an online shop dedicated to recycling brand-name children's clothes at a fraction of the retail price, saving parents money, with 40% of the proceeds going to schools in need. Schoola has been heralded by Fox News, The LA Times, Forbes and Parenting Magazine. Maybe you've heard of it. Maybe you haven't. Maybe even your children's schools is one that Schoola helps!
Schoola is running a "20 Days of Schoola" adopt-a-school program focusing on three schools who could greatly benefit from additional funding to bring or bolster their creative progams. I've decided to help them by sponsoring a school not far from me! Yick Wo Elementary. At Yick Wo Elementary they broaden minds and empower expression through Art, Music and Physical Education. The parents at Yick Wo Elementary make sure that their school's students have art classes and Schoola is forming a community to help them make this possible.

Here are 3 ways YOU can help Yick Wo Elementary - and many other schools too:
1. Shop for you kids online at Schoola today!
For every transaction that is made, Schoola will donate $1 to Yick Wo Elementary. 
But remember - 40% of your purchase will go to your childs school!
   Simply click HERE to begin shopping Schoola.
2. Request a Schoola Donation bag!
For every person who requests a bag to donate gently used clothes, Schoola will donate $1 to Yick Wo Elementary. 
   Simply click HERE to Donate a bag!
3. Fill the bag and donate clothes:
For every person that donates clothes and fills out their school information, Schoola will donate $2 of every $5 made will go to the school YOU choose to support!    
   Simply click HERE to fill a bag to donate clothes! 
Thank you so much for your support, not only for Yick Wo Elementary, but for so many other schools as well!
I am being compensated to facilitate this post but that does not change my point of view. All thoughts and opinions are my own! 

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