The Best Back to School Traditions to Try Now
School is just around the corner now! Are you ready?
The first days of school are a transition is so many ways! The kids are faced with more structure and routines, more academic work, and new friends and teachers.
This time of year is both exciting and nerve-racking for them!
Fortunately, as parents, we can introduce a few fantastic back to school traditions. They do SO MUCH to get them ready and looking forward to this special time.
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So, check out these 11 first day of school ideas to make the most of this precious time!
1. BACK TO SCHOOL BREAKFAST
It’s our favorite tradition because we have fun just being together. And it can be as simple or elaborate as you want!
At our house, the kids come down to a simply decorated dining room, and we usually eat muffins and eggs for breakfast together before we separate for school and work.
2. WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT
What a sweet surprise for the kids to find some words of encouragement before their first day of school! Write with sidewalk chalk on the driveway, with dry erase marker on their bathroom mirror, or just leave little post-it notes around the house.
This is an especially great one if your child’s love language is words of affirmation!
Here are some simple ideas you can write anywhere to give your kids a little pep talk for the first day!
- I love you!
- Have a great first day!
- You make me smile!
- Relax and have fun today!
- Just try your best!
- Happy first day!
- You’ll do great!
- I’m excited to see what you do!
- I believe in you!
- I’m proud of you!
- You’re so brave!
- You can do anything you put your mind to!
If they’re too little to read, draw sweet pictures for them and tell them these things.
3. SOMETHING TO KEEP WITH THEM
The first day of school can be scary for kids, but we can help with those fears!
For girls, the mommy and me bracelets above help them feel as though mom is close. We’ll be trying it out at our house this year, as my daughter starts Kindergarten. CHECK IT OUT ON AMAZON HERE
For boys, a “special” stone or rock from you can be put in their pocket for the first day to give them a measure of comfort.
Boys aren’t as expressive so, with my son, we also have a special handshake squeeze that we made years ago. Whenever we want to say “I love you” or give comfort, we do it. I even tried to teach it to my daughter once, and he got pretty upset. So, it’s just between us! We’ll definitely do it on the first day of school!
4. BACK TO SCHOOL PICTURES WITH A SIGN
Of course, back to school traditions have to include photos! Pinterest has so many adorable signs to use for first-day pictures!
For the last several years, we’ve used THESE (in the picture). I love that they are cute but simple and easy to print out every year.
5. CLOSE SUMMER WITH A BANG
What do you have left on the summer bucket list? Do something special on the last day of summer!
We usually close out summer with a family water gunfight. It’s one of their favorite activities because we all participate, and of course, they get wet!
6. DO A SPECIAL MEAL OR SNACK AFTER
After that first day, get some dedicated family time in the afternoon or evening. Discuss how the kids’ day went, what goals they have for the year, and what they liked or didn’t.
One of our back to school traditions is to have dinner at Chik-Fil-A that first night. It’s a fun treat to go out to eat, and the kids have fun telling us about their day.
We repeatedly go to the same place, and it’s something else they can get excited about when thinking about back to school.
7. READ A BACK TO SCHOOL BOOK
Books are a fantastic way to get kids excited about the start of school! These books help with the uncertainty kids feel and ease them into the school transition with teachers and friends.
We usually check them out at the library, but this year we bought a few as well!
Monsters Love School
Who doesn’t love reading about fun monsters? It’s one of our favorite books for that reason alone! We also love that this one is so colorful.
Check it out HERE.
We Love Our School
This cute story features words and pictures so it’s easy for adults and kids to read together!
Check it out HERE.
School’s First Day of School
This book is different because it’s from the perspective of the school instead of a child. It’s all about how it gets ready for students.
First Day Jitters
This is a fantastic book for if your child is nervous about the first day! It helps remind us that everyone gets nervous!
Check it out HERE.
Rufus Goes To School
This sweet story features a pig that REALLY wants to go to school! Will he be able to make his big dream come true?
Check it out HERE.
8. MAKE LUNCH SPECIAL
Include a special treat in school lunch or slip in an “I love you” note to let them know you’re thinking about them.
I print lunch notes to have handy whenever I think about it. A big stack lives in our kitchen cabinet. 🙂 This website has a TON of different sets and ideas! I just add a little bit of writing to them to make them personal for my kids!
9. ENJOY QUIET WITH A FELLOW PARENT
This one is for the adults! 🙂 After the kids are in school, get together with some friends or your spouse and celebrate (or vent) about the fact that school is back in session!
Enjoy a peaceful cup of coffee together and reminisce about change and growth.
10. GET A GIANT T-SHIRT
This cute tradition starts when they’re young!
Buy an adult t-shirt and get their class year put on the front. Each year have your child wear it for school pictures and watch how he or she grows into it! This one could make you cry!
There are so many shirts to choose from on Amazon, but you can find this simple one on HERE.
11. CREATE A BACK TO SCHOOL CAPSULE
This sweet idea includes making a box with an interview (get the interview above HERE from whatmommydoes.com) of the child and adding some favorite summer artwork or activities that they love. You could even bury it in a special spot and dig it up next summer or when they’re 18.
This is a sweet way to see how they develop and their tastes change throughout the years! It’s also fun for the kids to be aware of their growth.
Something To Consider for Back to School
What do you love to do for your back to school traditions? Please share in the comments below!
And, what helps your kids get excited and forget their fears?
GET READY FOR BACK TO SCHOOL!
For mama: take the stress out of back to school!
I’ve created a calendar for myself to get ready for the crazy school transition, and I’d love to share it with you! If you’re not on the email list yet, sign up HERE for 31 easy daily tasks in August!
- Make-ahead healthy breakfasts (also an upcoming post!)
- Create a homework spot
- Start earlier bedtime with the kids
- Get together teacher gifts
- Create a morning routine
- & 26 other easy organizational tasks for a smooth transition!
- SEE HOW TO ORGANIZE FOR BACK TO SCHOOL
We’ll be organized instead of forgetful! Make this year the best back to school yet FOR EVERYONE!
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