I’m so excited about my kids being back in school, but not because of what you think. I’m not one of those moms who can’t wait to get rid of her kids after a long summer.
No, I enjoy them and cherish those final summer days with them before the start of school.
I use the few days before the start of school and the first week to prepare them for a new school year. My husband and I talk to each of our children individually about their goals and dreams.
After talking with my youngest daughter, Niyah, I decided to work on a special project with her. She is my creative child who helps a lot behind the scenes with styling, photography and projects. I knew combining her love for crafts with her school goals would motivate her and give us something to do together.
Instead of just talking about her goals this year, we’re writing them out on this printable Student Goal Planner
and storing them in back to school goals time capsules.
I printed the student goal planner sheet so Niyah and I could work on it over lunch. Our goal planner is divided into four sections and gives her space for write goals for each quarter of the school year.
Once she wrote her first quarter goal, she cut all four of the planner sections out, rolled them up, tied them with cord and placed them in outback to school time capsules. The blank ones will remain in their bottles until we’re ready to set more goals later in the school year.
To create our time capsules we used the “Celebration” themed Coca-Cola
8 oz. mini glass bottles that have fun messages on them like, hero, superstar, and grad.These were available over the summer so if you can’t find them in your area you can always go to shareacoke.com
to order customized bottles.
This was my first time ever using Modge Podge so my son had to reassure me it would dry clear and keep my glitter on the bottles. After I was thoroughly convinced, I applied a narrow strip of Modge Podge to the bottom of a bottle and coated the adhesive with silver glitter. I set the bottle in front of a fan to dry and repeated the steps there more times.
We decided to make four bottles so Niyah could set new goals after each report card period.
After the first glue application dried, we applied Modge Podge to the upper area of the Coke bottle and stopped at the top of the label. We also left the message portion of the Coke bottle exposed. I specifically bought them for the messaging as a reminder to my daughter of how awesome she is.
Once the adhesive was applied, we sprinkled on a generous layer of red glitter. We repeated the steps for the remaining three bottles and placed them in front of the fan to dry.
We’ll open her time capsule at the end of the first nine week quarter and if she’s met her goal, she’ll receive her reward.
We are both excited about her school year and all that she’ll accomplish this year.