Our First Day of School Traditions
August 19, 2014
I loved going to the store to buy school supplies as a kid! The smell of new crayons...packing things into my new backpack... I wanted my kids to enjoy this rite of passage too. It helps to start the homeschool year off with excitement and anticipation.
We like to mark the changing of the seasons over the months, especially at the beginning of a new school year! Since we don't have bulletin boards in our home, I have seasonal curtains for the school room window. We have two small trees that get decorated not just for Christmas but also other seasons. For the start of the school year, magnetic letter ornaments are hung and the trees are topped by a Judy clock.
I must give credit to my creative husband (the principal) who thought of crayon "icicles" and colorful paper clip garland. We took Chicka-Chicka Boom Boom to a whole new level!
Other favorite Back-to-Homeschool Traditions:
- First day of school pictures outside by the mailbox.
- Back-to-school picnic with special "school" trail mix: reading Alpha-Bits Cereal, 'riting pretzel pencils, 'rithmatic M&M's or zeros, Good Night of Sleep-marshmallow pillows, and friendship Cinnamon Teddy Grahams
- ABC stretching game: pull a magnetic letter out of a bag and think of a physical activity or motion that begins with that letter (Bonus: review alphabetizing, teach action verbs, and release muscle tension)
- School Supply Scavenger Hunt: leave hints for kids to find hidden school supplies around the house and/or outside
- Start your 100 Days of School Calendar: start counting up to the 100th day of school (Tune in later on to learn about ways to celebrate this fun academic milestone!)
What are yours?