Our Five Ring Circus: Back to School with Netflix

Monday, August 31, 2015

Back to School with Netflix

We just enjoyed a wonderful week at the beach! We had a great vacation and we didn't really want to go home and face reality.

BUT...we reluctantly arrived home on Saturday evening, and tomorrow is our last day of summer vacation. It's officially Back to School time!

The first day of school outfits and new backpacks are ready to go. The lunchbox packing station is set up. School clothes, school shoes, and school supplies were already purchased. The kids got their teacher assignments in the mail and they know their bus schedule. It's go time!

On the day before we left for the beach, we toured the schools to find their new classrooms.

Lexie's was an easy one.  She's in the same school, and is just moving up to 3rd grade and moving up to the top floor. She feels confident about her first day!


Dylan, however, is going into 5th grade, which means he's moving up to a BIG school.  He met his three (!!!) teachers and he even has a locker.  Although he's a bit nervous about being in such a big school, he's also looking forward to going back. He likes his teachers, he likes the classroom setup, and he's really excited about having a locker!


The biggest change will be Lily starting school!  Yes, my sweet BABY is starting Pre-K 4.  I honestly can't believe it!


I know a lot of moms are really excited to send their kids back to school, but I'm not.  I really do enjoy their summers at home (MOST of the time...just keeping it real!). I'm not quite ready to get back to a structured school schedule and go back to seeing them for only a few hours a day!

Netflix has been a daily part of our lives all summer (Thanks for solving all the sibling squabbles, Netflix.  I owe you.) and it will continue to be a part of our lives during the upcoming school year.

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Over the summer, our most watched shows on Netflix were Jessie (the big kids LOVE this show!), My Little Pony (Lily's other obsession after Frozen), Sense8 (a Netflix original that Grant and I loved), and Gilmore Girls (our 5th time watching the entire series...a total guilty pleasure!).

In addition to our favorites, we checked out a few more titles. 

The girls still love Ever After High, so they were thrilled when they discovered Ever After High Way To Wonderland (season 3).

I couldn't WAIT to introduce the kids to Reading Rainbow. I was so excited to find out that one of my childhood favorites was going to be on Netflix! It's a total blast from the past, and let me just say, the theme song still gets stuck in my head!

Our entire family loves to read, and we kept up with our reading through the summer.  I started reading The Magic School Bus books to Lily to get her excited about school.  They were always Dylan and Lexie's favorites, and Lily loved them, too.  After we read several of the books, we watched a few episodes of The Magic School Bus on Netflix!  Just for the record, Lily is super excited to go to preschool!

Finally, we watched Project Mc2, which is a Netflix Original.  Lexie and Lily loved this show, and even Dylan watched it!  It's about a group of girls who team up to do some investigating. They use their intelligence while doing their spy work. There's an episode called "Smart is the New Cool" and I truly love that title!  Lexie thought it was a great show, and she was in spy mode after she watched it!

Thankfully, Netflix sent an awesome package of #PROJECTMC2 goodies, so the fun could continue!


Lexie couldn't wait to dig in and try everything, and Lily was disappointed that she had to wait to use the goggles!


Lucky for her, Lexie is a good sharer!


We only had time for one experiment before leaving for the beach, so Lexie choose the Glitter Tornado in a tube.  She gathered her supplies, wrote down a few notes about what she thought would happen, and got to work!


Project Mc2 is a great show for young girls! Thank you, Netflix, for the "Smart is the New Cool" message and for providing my girls with hours of fun!


Lexie can't wait to try the other experiments!

For more "smart" titles, check out:


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                   The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!


What are you watching on Netflix this month? 

*I'm a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam.  All opinions are my own. I was given a free year of Netflix Streaming and promotional items in exchange for my monthly review. The Netflix programming images  were provided by Netflix.  Thank you, Netflix, for sponsoring this post!



  1. Wishing them a wonderful school year :-)

  2. I got giddy about Reading Rainbow too! My husband doesn't know it (how is that possible??!) but oh he will soon enough! And I still know the whole theme song! :)

  3. Wow Dylan starts a new "big school" and Lily is going to pre-K! Such exciting milestones! I know you'll make sure to spend lots of fun time with them around their school schedules because you're one of the BEST moms I know!

  4. Breanna was so excited when she found out a new Ever After High was out!!! I havent seen that MC2 yet, I may have to check it out


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