Whether we’ve sent our kids to school or schooled them at home, I’ve always liked to celebrate the first day of school. We begin our first day of the 2013-2014 school year on Wednesday, and I’ll be using several of the ideas listed below to make our day special!
- Serve a favorite breakfast. In our house, this usually ends up being something sweet, like monkey bread or cinnamon rolls.
- Give each child a small gift at breakfast. My parents started this when I was in school. For my girls, I try to choose items that are practical and inexpensive, yet fun – maybe a small piece of jewelry, a journal, or a memento from the past summer. This year, it’s pretty new lamps for their desks.
- Have a new outfit to wear.
- Take a gift for the teacher. You may not know him/her or their tastes yet, so choose something simple. A small gift card to a coffee shop or office supply store would be appreciated by any teacher. Add a note saying that you’re looking forward to the upcoming school year.
- Pray together before you leave the house or begin classes.
- Take pictures. I try to do this in the same spot on our front porch every year.
- Put a note in their lunchbox or beside their plate at lunch.
- Make a special after school snack. Pinterest has plenty of ideas if you need inspiration.
- Journal your children’s first day experiences. For younger children, you can write down the details while they tell you about their day. Older children can do this for themselves.
- Take time at supper or before bedtime to discuss the day as a family. Have each child share their favorite thing that happened during the day.
When do your children begin school? Do you have any traditions for celebrating the first day of school?