The new school year is almost here, and there are many traditions that we can incorporate beyond packing up the new backpacks with school supplies. These suggestions will help you build memories with your kids while you celebrate the first day of school.
Tally Up the Days
Fun, candy-filled calendars aren’t only for the holidays. Just like anticipating the arrival of Christmas, kids get excited about the first day of school. However, time passing can be difficult for kids to keep track of. Instead of crossing off the last days of summer on a typical calendar, make a special one similar to an Advent calendar where kids get a piece of candy or treat as the first day of school approaches.
Back to School Survival Kit
The start of a new school year is an excellent opportunity to let your kids know how much you love them and believe in them. In a simple container or bag, gather the following items along with a print-out of what each one means:
- You will learn so much this year (Smarties)
- You are valuable and important (a jewel)
- Put your best foot forward (Fruit by the Foot)
- Roll with the punches (Tootsie Roll)
- Don’t forget, it’s okay to make mistakes (eraser)
- I’m thinking of you today with love (heart)
Present your children with their specially-made survival kits during breakfast to give them a great start to their first day of school!
Share the Tears…and the Joy
The first day of school can be difficult, especially if your kids are young and just beginning to go to school or if you have older children that are starting a new phase, like beginning junior high or high school. Gather up fellow moms and dads and host a potluck breakfast once kids have been dropped off at school and pictures have been taken. Use this time to process through how your kids are growing up, sharing tears and laughter as needed. Everyone involved will appreciate the chance to connect with other parents who have similar thoughts and feelings.
Get Ready for New School Work
Paperwork can add up fast, especially as it comes home from school with your kids. Take this first day to file all papers and artwork from the year before. I like to keep my kids’ important papers in totes, organized by year in two-gallon Ziploc bags. Each one is labeled with the year in school as well as which of my children they belong to. Neither one of my boys has left elementary school yet, but they already enjoy going through their papers and artwork saved from previous years.
These simple traditions to celebrate the first day of school will allow you to build memories with your kids to last a lifetime.
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