When the kids were little and homeschooling was new, my A type personality took over and we had an official bell we rang on the first day, and we said the pledge of allegiance.
During the upper elementary and middle school years, I relaxed a bit, and homeschooling became much more enjoyable. We began each year by pulling out our thick hard back edition of the Chronicles of Narnia and reading it aloud together on the couch!
These days, with all high schoolers and help from homeschool co-ops, we celebrate with fun foods on the evening of the first day.
Welcoming a New School Year
As I thought back on how our family has enjoyed greeting each new school year, I wondered about the Well Planned Gal staff. I asked them to share how they kicked off each new year. Here are their responses!
Because we have always done some school during the summer, the “first day of school” can tend to get overlooked. To make it more of an event, we take a week or two off right before the start of our new year. We start later than our public-schooled friends and neighbors, so we use that time to do some fun family activities, such as going fishing or to the park. I then make a point of taking first day photos on our first official full day of school.
With the exception of our high schooler, our curriculum years are incredibly fluid. We also fluctuate between year-round school and taking a summer break. That means we frequently don’t have new books, nor do we have a concrete first day of school. So, we instead take a “not back to school day” and do something fun on the day public schools resume. Then we crack into new school supplies on the next day.
Our new tradition this year is to go to Dunkin’ Donuts with Dad super early on tax-free weekend, and then beat the crowds to the stores for school supplies.
We have New Book Day at our house. All of the new books and school supplies are stacked on the dining room table and a special banner is hung on the wall. There are cupcakes and photos taken. It’s fun to start off our year with a party!