Hello there! I’m just so excited to share this post with you today. I like having excuses to celebrate things, and back to Homeschool is one of them. I’m going to share today 10 really fun ideas to make the first day of back to homeschool a memorable one! Are you ready?
What can be more fun than start the day with your favorite breakfast? You know that will be a good day! V loves French Toast, while it is not an easy and quick as making pancakes or having cereal, I do get up extra earlier because I think having a special treat for the first day is totally worthy.
Want some cool breakfast ideas? Check my Fun Breakfast Ideas Pinterest Board
2) First Day of School Picture
This has been a tradition in our Homeschooling since Kindergarten and we love it. Your child is starting a new grade, you have to record it because time flies.
Want some cool first day of school picture ideas? Check my First Day of School Pictures and Signs Ideas Pinterest Board
3) Back to School Gift/Favor
Just a small gift or a little treat/favor bag so your little one will feel special. It doesn’t have to be an expensive gift, it can be some cool pencils you bought but just make a cute wrapping and there you have another something special from you to your child.
Check my Back to School Treats Pinterest Board, to find out something you can make yourself.
4) Greeting Card
I know I’m biased because I just love making greeting cards and playing with papers, but can you imagine your little one(s) opening a greeting card where you write to them how excited you are to be their teacher again, and how fun this new school year will be and how proud you are of their hard work? It’s priceless and really all you need is a piece of cardstock and some creativity.
5) End of the Year Letter
How about writing a letter with all your hopes and expectations for the new year? Write down things you want to accomplish, things you want to work on, set goals. Have your little one write a letter to themselves either as if they were on the last day of the school (This year I had…), or as the first day of school (This year I will…). Once it’s written, seal it up and save it to be read just at the end of the year.
6) Special Lunch
Pretty much like having a nice and special breakfast, a special lunch will give you that good break in the middle of the day. You can head to a park and have a picnic, you can go to their favorite restaurant (depending on your budget) or simply make them something they really like for lunch.
7) Play Games
Yes, it’s the first day of school and there are tons of educational games that you can use to have a great time. Some of the games we use are:
- Memory Games
- The Scrambled States of America
- Head Full of Numbers
We don’t play all of them, but I let V choose one or two so we can play.
8) Light School Work Load
You don’t want to overwhelm them on their first day back to school. Let them get acquainted with their new books. Some kids took a look at their new material and books before the first day others not, but it’s still a good idea to let them look through the program, the schedule, the books, the new materials and just start it light.
9) Decorate the School Area
We call it School Area, some call it classroom, study area. If you have a designated area for homeschooling you can decorate it ahead of time. Add new features, boards, rearrange the school area furniture so it feels like a new area. Don’t worry about spending money with this. Sometimes all I do is change the books and the manipulatives from one place to another. Sometimes we add new things to the school area. In our old place, V had access to the school are at all times so there wasn’t much to surprise her. The night before our first day, I would blow up some balloons, make her a greeting card and a little back to school favor, write a nice note on the school white board. This year, we have a door so it’s closed now as I work on the update of the School Area.
Want some ideas for School Area? Check my Homeschool Area Organization Pinterest Board.
10) Homeschool Area Tour or Open House
This is something that can be done before the school starts and also on the first day of school. If you do an open house it’s best to do it before the school starts, let them come and check the School Area and check what’s new. Show them their schedule, show where things are stored, give them a feel of how the day will flow.
If you decide to do a tour on the first day of the school just do the same as above.
As I mentioned above, Little V won’t have access to our School Area while I’m adding new features, and we will have an open house. Dad will also attend the open house and they both will get to know more about the new features, take a look at the schedule and see all that’s new. I’m so looking forward to it! I’ll make sure to share it with all of you!
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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!
Vanessa Z. Pawlicki