The first day of school can be full of excitement but some kids might also have some worries. Starting some first day of school traditions can be a great way to help your child ease back into school with a smile!
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10 First Day of School Traditions to Start This Year!
If you’re looking for some first day of school traditions to start, my advice is to choose one or two and start simple!
You’ll figure out what works for your family and helps you create amazing memories.
Have a special back to school breakfast together as a family.
Use number candles on top of muffins or pancakes to celebrate your child’s new grade number. I love this fun way to celebrate! I can just picture Weston with a big stack of pancakes in front him and with a big candle!
You can buy a set of 0-9 number candles and be set for this tradition! Buy them here.
Time for an interview.
Conduct a first day of school interview with your children, and save their answers in a scrapbook.
It’ll be a sweet memory for them later!
First Day of School Memories
Take some memorable first day of school photos.
You can also check out more first day of school photo ideas for inspiration and printables!
I found some great printables that I can customize every year so it’s easy to do!
A Note to the Teacher
Help your kids write a ”Hello, Teacher” note. It helps their teachers get to know them better.
I love this idea and would pair it with a little gift for the teacher, perhaps a basket of extra school supplies or supplies for the teacher’s desk. Easy, practical, and thoughtful.
The Gift of Supplies
Homeschoolers can get in on the first day of school excitement, too. Wrap school supplies up like Christmas presents, and put them on your child’s desk the night before.
First Day of School Treats
Bake a giant cookie for your kiddo to enjoy. What could be better after an exciting first than coming home to a big, warm cookie? If you don’t want to bake your own cookie, you could always order one from your local cookie shop! Or buy your giant cookie pan here!
Welcome Back to School Gift
Let your child help with a back to school teacher gift, which he or she can present to the teacher on the first day.
I love doing this and making it a practical gift, perhaps some extra dry erase markers or printer paper along with a gift card in a small amount. Always seems to be a hit!
Celebrate the Big Day!
Make a Schultuete (school cone) for your kids to celebrate the big day. It’s a fun German tradition where you fill a cone with sweets, trinkets and school supplies to celebrate the first day of school.
A Simple Note
Then pack your child’s favorite foods for lunch and leave a special lunchbox note to make your kiddo smile.
The Perfect End to the First Day
Have an amazing back to school dinner waiting for your kids when they get home from their first day of school. Let them choose the menu the day before!
Family meals are always a great time to talk about the things everyone is excited about and help ease any worries your kids might have!
Spending time together is the most important part of this time of year! Be sure to sit and listen to your child, especially if they seem to have some anxiety or worries!