Five by the Sea


Celebrate School with KinderCone
May 23, 2010, 9:03 am
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It came in a large rectangular box, enclosed in an assortment of beautifully colored tissue paper we found a giant red cone. What could it be?

 

 

My 5 year old was brimming with excitement and anticipation as we gently took the cone out of the tissue paper. The vibrantly colored beautiful red cone with cute little illustrations all over it, she was in awe and we hadn’t even peeked inside!!

As she sat down and dove into the giant red cone it became apparent that this was one special gift! A gift of treats celebrating school- specifically made for those entering 1st grade, layer after layer of things to enthrall a 6 year old– a book (a journal really) “Me, Myself and 1st Grade” which includes an exclusive KinderJournal for keeping track of memories, a bundle of pencils, a cute little yellow cat named Karl- complete with a tiny bag over his shoulder,  a bunch of (temporary) tattoos, and finally a certificate stating that we had a very special KinderCone, one of only a limited number made. How cool! As we went through our treasures and talked about them we got more and more excited about school and all of the fun things that comes with entering 1st grade. All of this thanks to KinderCone!! 

 

What is KinderCone?  Simply put, it is based the Schultute German tradition dating back to the early 19th century. Oftentimes, the first day of school can be a bittersweet moment in a child’s life, but in Germany and Austria it is marked by a day of celebration and appreciation. On that day, families present their first grader with their very own Schultüte. Inside, the child finds little gifts, treats, and school supplies. From this concept, founder Vivian Lie (a native of Germany now living in Chicago with her family) formed KinderCone in 2008. Her hope is to inspire every family and their young children to enjoy learning by celebrating this special event in their lives.

Much more on KinderCone and how to order these special treats for your youngester can be found at www.kindercone.com.

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of KinderCone and received KinderCone samples to facilitate my review. Mom Central also sent me gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.”



God Cares
October 19, 2009, 8:25 pm
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This is one of my favorite little cherished moments from Lars a few years ago–

My 6 year old son just started first grade at a Christian school in our area. He went to a different Christian school last year, but we changed this year to get him into a larger school with more to offer. We were anticipating not only a change in the jump from Kindergarten to 1st grade, but also into a larger school with more classes and more kids. Children Praying sign

During the first week of school I asked him how school went one afternoon after picking him up and he said “we prayed before P.E. today; do you really think God cares that we are going to be in P.E.?”

I thought it was so cute, and it gave me a chance to talk to him about the presence of God in all aspects of our lives. Even though we may think that we are doing something inconsequential like going to gym class, God is with us throughout our day. It was a good thing for both of us to keep in mind!