Can you believe it is already back to school time? School supplies have been in stores around here for a couple of weeks now. Many of you may be anticipating beginning your homeschool while others may be meeting brick and mortar school for the first time this fall with some trepidation. Whatever the case may be, their are many preparations for getting ready for this time honored childhood ritual. As a child, I loved starting back to school. I enjoyed shopping for school supplies and new clothes. The smell of new crayons brings back many fond memories.
I thought it might be helpful to remind you of posts from last summer on school preparations.
Creative school lunches
Lunch making station
Organizing the large homeschooling family
Last year was such a big change for us, with all 5 children going to school, that I literally scrambled to get all of the above things accomplished to have a good transition into school. This year I would like to do some special things before school starts to celebrate the end of summer and a new beginning of another year in school. Maybe you would like to try some too.
Back to school rituals
1.First day of school photosThis is one thing I was really good about when I homeschooled all of my children. On our first of school, I took their picture with their favorite book. Now that they are in school, I do the same thing except they are in school uniform.
2. School suppliesLet the kids go shopping with you for school supplies. Splurge a bit and let them get some fancy pens, binders, or folders to make it their own.
3. ScrapbookA couple of weeks before school starts, make a mini scrapbook of your summer. My children did this, and we had a blast.
4. A special time for each childWhen I was homeschooling, a week or so before school started, I took each child out individually for ice cream or some other treat and went over the coming year’s expectations. This year I am going to take each child out for a treat and share memories from their first school year and our summer together.
What special things do you do with your children at the beginning of a new school year?