The first day of school is a momentous occasion, not just the first year that your child enters school but every year. It’s a new start, new teachers, new classes, new grades and more. There are different things that you can do to be supportive of your child’s education and one way is by celebrating the first day of school as a family. This helps get your kids excited about school as well.
One way to do this is through first day of school traditions. Most of these ideas would work well for homeschooling families, like mine! It’s just as fun to have first day of homeschool traditions, too. You can create your own traditions as a family and they will be unique and special to you.
First Day of School Traditions
However, here are some ideas to get you started:
Back to School Breakfast. You can do this the day before the first day of school if your family is not the time to get up early in the mornings. Choose all of your favorite breakfast foods and maybe even get fancy with smiley face pancakes or something fun like that. You can write a cute poem or a note for your student as well and place this at their spot at the table.
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Lunch Love Notes. Add a special note about the first day of school into your child’s lunch box reminding them of how much you love them and encouraging them on this first day of school. You can adjust this according to the age of your student and also what types of things personally motivate them. You’re never too old for a sweet note from mom (or dad).
Back to School Dinner. Another great tradition is to have a big back to school dinner as a family. Make your favorite meal at home or go out to your favorite restaurant and celebrate that a new year is beginning.
Annual Time Capsule. This is a fun idea that gets everyone’s creativity involved. Each year you can create a time capsule of all the fun things that happened that year. Include memories of teachers, new friends, activities your child did and more.
Then, before the first day of school (or on the first day of school) of the new year, open last years’ time capsule and start a new one. It will be a lot of fun to look over the old memories and realize you’ll be making new ones this year as well.
Family Movie Night. There’s nothing else quite like a good, old fashioned movie night. Pop some popcorn, grab your favorite snacks and cuddle up together for a fun family night. You might even choose to watch school-themed movies.
With these first day of school traditions, you can celebrate this special time of year together with your children. Back to school traditions help your child transition from summer to the school season, regardless of their age. It’s never too soon or too late to start back to school traditions with your students.
What are your favorite back to school traditions?
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