Kids don’t necessarily look forward to the first day of school like parents often do. While homeschooling parents don’t look forward to sending our kids to school, we do get excited over using new books, new planners, and new curriculum. Still, we want our kids to be just as excited as we are so we started some back to homeschool traditions and/or do things to make it more fun for both us and our kids.
Back to Homeschool Traditions and Fun
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I see a lot of back to school traditions on Pinterest, but not a lot of back to homeschool traditions, and us homeschoolers need to have fun and have traditions too.
Back to Homeschool Field Trip
We like to go to the Saskatchewan Science Centre on the first day of school, we have for the past two years (homeschooling for two years), and we’ll be heading there again this year. We only go about once through the summer due to the crowds. Having the place to ourselves on the first day of school is fun and gives us something to look forward to.
First Day Pictures
Each year we take a “back to school picture”. A piece of paper that says what grade they are starting, because we aren’t fancy. Sometimes we take them on the stairs, sometimes outside. It gives us a great picture to look back on at the end of the year.
Great thing about homeschooling is that you can have three favorite meals on the first day of school. For us that equals to each child picking out a favorite through the day.
Throw a Party
Throw a private party just you and your kids are invited. Have balloons, streamers, cake the whole thing! Have fun. This year we’re going to be having a themed day/party, our theme being Harry Potter. (I’ll share it once we’ve done it and link to it here.)
Back to Homeschool Theme
We had so much fun with making our first day of school a theme, it was Harry Potter! So fun. A trip to the dollar store for Harry Potter party supplies, white shirts from WalMart and leftover fabric paint to make them some simple shirts.
I also pre-planned this and ordered super cheap Harry Potter necklaces from Wish.