It’s that time of year again! It’s the beginning of the homeschool year. Are you excited? Are your kids excited? We are excited!
While it’s normal to feel apprehensive, it’s also normal to feel stirred up and hopeful about the possibilities of the upcoming year at the same time. Your kids may not share the same enthusiasm yet, but that’s where you come in. By creating fun “first day of homeschool” traditions, you can make this time special for your kiddos.
First Day of Homeschool Traditions
We asked a few of our Compass Classroom Homeschool Moms to share some fun inexpensive ways to celebrate the first day of homeschool:
Make a Hardy Breakfast
We’re carb junkies, so we love a big pancake breakfast. Start the day with a special breakfast that your kids will love. Make it extravagant — Create a waffle bar, cook breakfast quesadillas, bake made-from-scratch cinnamon rolls, or pick up some fun donuts. Don’t forget to plan a simple but delicious lunch. Also, remember to make dinner easy on you. Use your crockpot or order out! Your kids will love it and it’ll be one less task for you to do on the first day of school.
Take a Photo
Capture the moment forever in a photo. Print or write out a “first day of school” sign as a photo prop for your child to hold up. Use chalkboards, dry erase boards, or poster boards. Even if everyone is posing in jammies or attending co-op. At the end of the year make a Homeschool Collage.
Buy a Special Gift or New Supplies
There’s nothing like a shiny binder to start off the school year. Back when I started fifth grade, I was so thrilled when my mom bought me a Trapper Keeper — remember those? Give your child a special, school-related gift (like a book, pencil set, art supplies, etc.) that will make them happy for the upcoming school year.
Start off Slowly
My kids aren’t always fully ready to start the school year, which is why we take it slowly. My advice to you? Don’t overwhelm yourself or your kids on the first day of school. Introduce the new curriculum to your student and discuss your daily schedule. Gently ease into your school routine.
Take a Trip
While most trip destinations are busy during the summer months, they clear out once public school starts. Flip flop an end-of-the-year trip with a beginning-of-the-year trip. Or just enjoy a first day of homeschool picnic lunch at your quiet local park!
Conduct an Interview
At the start of the school year, interview your child. Ask questions like their favorite food, movie, TV show, and song. You can also ask what their goals are for the upcoming school year. This makes a wonderful keepsake. Keep this interview with their “first day of school” photo.
Make it Special
The best way to get your students excited about the upcoming school year is by making their first day special. Start your homeschool year off with any of the above traditions — or make your own. Whatever you decide to do, most importantly is that our children know they are loved, supported, and we are here to encourage them this year!
Author, Jacqueline Kyo Thomas
Jacqueline Kyo Thomas is an award-winning writer and homeschool mom of 3, ages 1, 10, and 12. She lives in the wild and wonderful state of West Virginia. When she’s not chasing her rambunctious toddler, you can find her on IHeartHomeschooling.com, which provides resources to home educators, or TotsLoveLearning.com, a site that provides early education resources.