How do you celebrate the first day of homeschool? - Page 2
My second oldest started ps in February (other 4 are still at home) and she received a couple schultuete in the mail as we used to live/have friends in Munich. The tradition is alive and well!
Not all the kids took a break this summer but it will be fun to kick things into high gear again. I think turning it inot a celebration wil help us all.
Even now, when we no longer really order ourselves by the "school" year it's a tradition that helps refresh us. It feels special for one thing, I remember always loving that "back-to-school" time with school supply shopping(my favorite part...still is) and new outfits and walking to school that first morning....since my girls mostly only envy ps kids silly things like lunchboxes and recess they still get those things this way and having a ritual gives us a psychological reboot what with the first day "excitement"....keeps us from getting burnt out on routine.
Plus the girls just love being reminded of the fact that they are free to be in the park all day while their ps friends are "stuck" in school for 6 hours
This is my 7th year to homeschool. I now have a 10th, 8th, and 6th grader and we all LOVE the first day of school!!! First thing, is my husband either takes the day off work or goes in later and we start out with reading the Bible, having a time of prayer together for the school year. We also talk about the expectations, rules, etc. I wrap their books and school supplies as presents to open!!! They love opening presents - even if they are school books - lol!! I try to get them some type of fun school supplies like maybe a favorite type of pencil that I wouldn't normally buy, etc. We then do something FUN!!! Things we have done in the past are go miniature golfing, field trip to a local museum, field trip to the zoo, picnic at the park, etc. We usually start on a Monday or Tuesday - so we have the rest of the week to get into our daily schedule - but the first day - is a day of memories. And now, with so many years behind us, it is a treasure to listen as the kids share memories of the past "first days of school."
Daddy and Grandma take the day off from work and join us in everything we do!
First off, breakfast at a restaurant. This is pretty much the only time in the entire year that we do this. Next, traditional first day of school photos by the front door. After that, some school work. Finally, a field trip.
We do go supplies shopping ahead of time. And I do let them pick out a new shirt at the store as well. This year we'll get some new shoes too, because we need them.
Lot's of fun!
Something else we do - on the first day of school for our school district we take off to the beach. We drive by the school and wave to it on our way out. Ok - I'm a former school teacher and I admit, I revel in the idea of not being tied to the rules and schedule of the schools. SO this last part is probably all about me! LOL!
We dont have an official 1st day of school. School happens in 'waves' around here. 3-4 months on, a couple months off. DS is starting again after, actually just a few weeks off, but a few months of a lighter load. We did some shopping for office supplies (he refuses to call them school supplies). My child has an obsession with post it notes and post it flags!
The biggest thing is planning what classes he wants to take online.
FTR *I* dont like to start school until after Labor Day, but thats just me and when was the last time my opinion counted LOL