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I don’t know about you, but the first day of school at my house isn’t always greeted with excitement — by the kids or myself.
There is no promise of catching up with friends not seen all summer, no new clothes to wear (because it’s still way too stinkin’ hot to wear all the cute fall clothes on sale), and new pencils and crayons can only create so much excitement in a kid, especially as they get older.
I confess, I’m very guilty of the first day of school being just the day we sit down and resume formal seat work. No fanfare. No excitement. And, honestly? That’s no fun for anyone.
This year, I’m sincerely going to try to make the first day of school something to look forward to at least a little bit. Following are some ideas that I’m considering :
1. Back-to-school Pool Party. We actually did this last year with another family who does it every year…except, I don’t think it was our first day of school. It was the public school’s first day of school, which meant the pool was basically deserted. Still, if you start school after the public schools do, it could make a fun day to spend together as a family before diving back in (pun totally intended) to formal learning.
2. Special Breakfast. Okay, granted, with my late sleepers, they’d be more impressed with a special lunch. Still, we rarely go out for breakfast. It could be fun to visit our local Shoney’s for their breakfast bar or hit one of the fast food places for those special breakfast treats that we’re never up early enough to enjoy.
Or, you know, you could actually fix a special breakfast — or lunch — at home.
3. School Pictures. Yes, this one is more for us moms since it probably won’t excite the kids too much. However you will treasure these photos in years to come as you look back and see how much your kids have changed from year to year. Make it even more special by making a point to always take the pictures at a special location.
4. Field Trip. The very first year we homeschooled, our first day of school was a field trip. We visited the downtown area of our city and walked around visiting all the cool places that you never really take time to see when you live in a city. We still remember the highlights of that day.
Our trip was partly because we were going to be studying something related, but mostly because I wanted to start off showing Brianna how fun homeschooling could be. While her friends were sitting around in a boring classroom, we were out wandering around the city.
Sadly, it’s like when a couple starts dating and they expend a lot of energy trying to impress each other. Then, they get married and start neglecting the relationship. It’s time for homeschool to start dating our family again.
5. Back-to-School Party. It would probably be hard to plan a back-to-school party that would coincide with everyone’s first day of school, but if you’re doing the planning, it could coincide with your kids’ first day of school.
Every year our homeschool group has a back-t0-school party. It’s always a pot-luck deal at a local park/playground. Easy to plan and lots of fun.
6. Serve Others. Start off the year demonstrating a heart for others. Bake cookies and take them to your local fire hall or police station. Serve meals at a soup kitchen. Take toiletries to a homeless shelter or participate in a backpacks for kids program.
7. School Supplies. Instead of Mom doing all the back-to-school shopping, take the kids along (during the day before it gets insane) and let them pick out their school supplies while the crayon, markers and notebooks are ridiculously cheap. Think about #6 above and pick up some extras for stuffing Operation Christmas Child boxes later in the year.
8. Visit the Library. Yes, you probably did that over the summer, too, but now that you have a course of study in mind, let the kids pick out related books that will capture their interest. You might also check into getting a tour of the library if you’ve never done so. Your kids can learn how to find their own books (if they don’t already know), how the Dewey Decimal System works, and they can find out about any special resource rooms your library may offer.
9. Picnic. Load up a picnic, head out to a park, and enjoy some nature study. Take along your journals, pencils, binoculars, camera and other nature study paraphernalia.
10. Games. I’m a big believer in the power of learning through games. My kids still realize that it’s school, but even the most cynical among them (I won’t name names) will admit that games are still more fun that your average seatwork. So, why not start the year off with some fun review and enjoy some games as you brush up on facts.
What about you? What are some ways that you enjoy celebrating the first day of school?
Kris is the sweet-tea-drinking, classically eclectic, slightly Charlotte Mason mom to her three Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She chronicles her transformation from morbidly obese couch potato to runner on her fitness blog, Eclipsed.
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