Vacations, swimming pools, lemonade stand, all of these things remind us of sweet summertime! While it still may be hot outside, school days are just around the corner. Soon there will be no more sleeping in, so ease into that back to school routine with some fun activities for the family.
Here are a few ideas to get the entire family ready.
Host A Party
Host a cookout or picnic at a pool or in your backyard. Keep the food simple and kid-friendly, as well as the decorations. For example, cover tables with white paper and fill mason jars with crayons for centerpieces. Use a large chalkboard to welcome guests and let them sign in as they arrive. Apples and flash cards or any other school related item as décor for tables or wall hangings is a great idea as well.
For an educational twist, set up a map with some push pins and allow guests to plot where they have traveled for summer vacations. A door prize can be given to those traveling the longest distance. Involve the kids by having them bring items for school that can be donated to a local school or charity that accepts supplies to distribute to those in need.
If a party isn’t in your plans, there are some things you can do at home with your family. Start a new tradition that will make memories for years to come. Here are a list of ideas:
- Create a countdown calendar to mark off the final days of summer.
- Cook a special breakfast on the first day.
- Buy a growth chart or even find a space on a hidden wall to mark your child’s growth each year.
- Host a family fashion show and have each child model their first day of school clothes.
The entire family will look forward to their beloved tradition each and every year.
Think About The Teacher
Another person to consider on the first day of school is your child’s teacher. Here are a few ways to show your excitement that you have them as a teacher:
- An apple for the teacher is a fun, inexpensive way to start the year.
- A handwritten note from you or your child, thanking the teacher and expressing your excitement about the school year might be a thoughtful idea.
- A basket with supplies any educator would appreciate might include paper clips, sticky notes, or copier paper.
- A small container with quarters for the soft drink or snack machine would definitely come in handy.
- Flowers are always an option! A cheery bouquet of sunflowers, daisies, chrysanthemums, or summer wildflowers will brighten any teacher’s desk.
Going back to school each fall is a milestone event for any family. Make that transition smoother by finding a way to celebrate while making memories that will last a lifetime.