I asked some fellow bloggers, friends, family and facebook fans and, I gotta tell ya, there are a LOT of great ideas for this! I know I won't be able to do ALL of them of course but I didn't want the research to go to waste! These are perfect whether your child is heading to school for the first time or you want to mark the start of your homeschool year.
I'm going to get right to it! Feast your eyes and TRY to pick one, I DARE you!
First Day of School Traditions – Photo Ideas
Of course- who can resist taking a photo every year so you can look back and see how the kids have grown?! Here are some fun ways to do just that. It's one of the cutest First Day of School traditions I can think of for sure.
Patricia from Texas says, “We framed [our daughter's] 3yr preschool pic and took a pic of her holding it before her first day of 4yr. We'll hold that pic (in the same frame) this year for kinder, and every year after just changing the year before picture.”
Louise and Jenni over at Paging Fun Mums had fun with sidewalk chalk and recorded what the kids want to be when they grow up.
Kristina from School Time Snippets homeschools her son so she shared her “NOT Back to School Photo” and student interview from when her son was starting Kindergarten. This year she says, “I am thinking we'll go do something fun like the zoo or bowling for the 1st day of school.” What a great way to celebrate the start of the homeschool school year! She links to a NOT Back to School bloghop for even more ideas!
You could also pick a theme for the year, starting with your photo. Amber from Classic Housewife says, “We make the first day of school FUN. This year I'm thinking of kind of a “masquerade” theme. (I always look for ways to cover their faces so I can take pics for my blog since I don't post their faces [for the blog].)” Here is her pinterest board of 1st Day of School ideas.
Robin of Be Social, Get Success says, “We always take a picture of him leaving the house and one of him getting on the schoolbus. Lately he has has hated the pictures ( he will be a senior) but we still take them.”
Virginiaa Ngg says, “I saw on Pinterest a shirt in the size you think your kid will be when a senior in high school with the words Class of 20–. The child wears it every first day of school until senior year.”
Antoinette Peterson from Sister Save a Lot say, “We do picture using these printables from How Does She website. Here is the link. http://www.howdoesshe.com/
Alicia Myers of Gateway to Saving says, “This isn't just a first day of school thing, but it's the perfect time to start. A friend takes her daughters pic every morning. She posts hers in a FB album, but sending them to groove book or a photo site would be good, too.”
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Back to School Traditions to Eat
A lot of people mark the first day of school by preparing a special treat or making a special meal. Here are some ways to mark the occasion with something yummy for their tummies!
Deirdre at JDaniel4's Mom made an awesome lunch for her son after their back to school open house. The food was in the shape of the school mascot, how cool!
Lisa from Illinois makes a school bus cake for her kids every day and invites the grandparents over to see the kids off to school.
Robin of Be Social, Get Success says, “We always try to have a picnic or back to school family meal the day before. And the first night of school a special meal. When he packed his lunch I always left a note in his lunchbox.”
Robin from Illinois says, “Cake and a candle with a wish for a good year. At the end of the year I did another mom's idea and had her teachers sign her “oh the places you'll go” book –each year we'll have her teachers sign.”
Gina at East Coast Mommy had some bus cookie lollipops ready when her son came home.
Back to School Crafts and Trips
The week before school starts is also a great time to take advantage of the alone time with the kids before the hectic school year begins. Here are some trips and crafts to do together or to make for your kids to eek out the last bits of fun from the summer.
Deb Chitwood of Living Montessori Now shares the many ways they mark the start of their homeschool year, including taking a family hike or field trip.
We made a Back to School Bus Countdown Advent Calendar and each day will hold the picture of something special to do leading up to school.
Maggie at Red Ted Art has a great tutorial for a traditional German craft to start the school year. It's called Schultute. It looks small in this picture but you should click through to her other blog Life at the Zoo, it's pretty large!
Gina at East Coast Mommy put together some classmate gifts for her son's classmates, what a nice way to incorporate an act of kindness by giving to others!
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First Day of School Traditions to Address Jitters
In addition to the photo ideas above, Megan at Coffee Cups and Crayons also has a helpful post about easing Kindergarten jitters with ideas that would help kids of any age entering a new class.
Amy at Teach Mama has a great idea with her Hello Teacher Letters, I am totally doing this with Ladybug!
Julie from Chirping Moms shared several ideas in this blog post, including how they used a Kissy Bunny to make the transition to class time easier.
Kim at the Educators Spin on It has a great post with ideas on easing anxiety leading up to school. Check out the poem, free printable book and fairy dust that helped her daughter start the school year off with a smile! She also shared this fantastic list of things to do to prepare kids AND parents for the big day. I bet you didn't consider preparing yourself in addition to your child!
More First Day of From Around the Web
That's a LOT of First Day of School ideas! BUT if you are looking for MORE, I invite you to check my Back to School Pinterest Board for photo ideas, food fun, crafts and more!
Do you have a Preschooler getting Ready for Kindergarten? If so, check out the Top 10 Summer Activities for Kindergarten Readiness!
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KBN Back to School Link-Up
I am also participating in the Kid Blogger Network Back to School Link-Up! We hope this link-up will be a go-to resource for parents who are getting ready for back to school. See below for all the great details!