As parents, we know that school is important for our kids and we all want our kids to grow up with a love for learning. While we are all huffing and puffing that the summer is over and we’re back to Common Core, we really should be teaching our kids to celebrate going back to school and encouraging them to love school. Get the kids into a positive feeling about school by starting some fun back to school traditions with them! Before you know it, they’ll be looking forward to school as if it were a holiday all its own.
Back to School Traditions
Make a German Schultute for your child
This German tradition is catching on with parents in the states. A Schultute is a large paper cone that’s filled with school supplies and little gifts. Back to school shopping is something you can count on every year, but if you have to shop with your kids, keep it to the basics. When you don’t have the kiddos with you, pick up a few cool things – notebooks or folders with characters your kids love, special pencils, crayons, or markers. It will be exciting for your child to open the Schultute before school and see some awesome things they can take with them and make them feel special.
Start the tradition of the Backpack Fairy
The Backpack Fairy is like a combination of the Schultute and the Tooth Fairy. Have the kids leave their backpacks in a designated spot in the house. While they’re sleeping, fill the backpacks with fun school supplies, neat things for them to decorate their backpack (like key chains), and even a little note from the Backpack Fairy. When they wake up, let them see all the goodies they were given.
Make breakfast special
Mornings can often be a rush for families, but on the first day of school, try and take things slow. Make a special breakfast, one that you can make every year on the first day of school. It could be something that you don’t really make any other time of the year, so it’s significance is tied to that day. Or take them them out to breakfast (if you have time!) – that would be a real treat, as well!
First day pictures
Every year, take a photograph of your child all ready for school. There are numerous ways to make them fun and meaningful. Have your child wear an adult size t-shirt with the year they’ll graduate on it – each year you’ll see them grow more and more into that adult. You can also have them hold a sign that says what grade they’re in and what they want to be when they grow up, or have them hold a picture from the previous year’s first day of school. You’ll be able to see the changes in them by comparing the photos year to year.
Create a time capsule
When the kids get back home from their first day of school, talk to them about how their day went. Any friends in class? What did they like and dislike? Take notes (if they’ll too young to write themselves) or have them write their answers down. Ask them their favorite things in general, what they want to be when they grow up, what they want to learn that year, etc. Once the time capsule is filled with whatever you’d like inside, put it away until the last day of school. Take it out and share it with your child to see how they’ve grown over the year. If you’d really like to have a time capsule, save everything and open it when they graduate from high school!