Creating Back to School Memories
Creating back to school traditions can lead to lasting memories. Additionally, back to school traditions may help ease that transitional time. I really enjoy having my kids’ home during summer break and I look forward to summertime. As summer draws to a close, I want to help create pleasant memories for my kids return back to school. Through creating traditions that celebrate, with the kids, their return to school, I have come to look forward to those celebrations and traditions. (It helps me prepare too.)
5 simple traditions we have enjoyed for creating back to school memories:
- One on One Time with Back to School Shopping. Rather than taking all the kids together (which I have done in the past), I’ve found back to school shopping to be much more enjoyable taking each kid alone. Although, it takes more time this way, it’s a better experience for everyone involved. Not only are the kids not fighting each other, they have one on one time with me.
- Back to School Dinner. Usually we hold a special dinner celebrating the new school year, the Sunday before school starts. Dinner is a great opportunity to discuss concerns the kids have or to talk about what they are looking forward to this coming year. Because there are already good ideas available (and more adorned than I do), I’ve included some links to some back to school dinner ideas:
- So Festive shares an idea for a backward’s dinner.
- Crafting Chicks dinner idea includes a theme.
- Tatertots and Jello provides a FREE printable to go along with dinner.
- A Girl & a Glue Gun offers some table decorating ideas and FREE printables to go along with the back to school dinner theme.
- Marci Coombs shares a dinner tradition including FREE printables and menu suggestions to accompany the theme. The theme is based on a scripture.
- Create a Theme for the School Year. What would help your kids in the coming year? Is there a scripture you want to use as your theme? Creating a theme provides a focus for the coming school year.
- Back to School Breakfast. The kids can choose what breakfast they want, and I’ll be there to make it for them (if they want me to).
- First Day of School Pictures. For the past several years, I’ve had the kids hold up a sign with their grade and the year. Here are some links for FREE first day of school printable sign’s:
- Short Stop Designs has first day of school signs ranging from preschool through 12th grade.
- Happiness is Homemade offers printables ranging from preschool through 12th grade. Additionally, they include the school year and the option of freshman through senior instead of numbered grade.
- Paper Trail Design’s printables have a space to include your child’s teacher, what they want to be when they grow up, their school they’re attending, and their age. Last year, I used this printable of theirs:
- Planes and Balloons offers a few different printable options that you can fill in your child’s age, what they love, their teacher, what they want to be when they grow up, and their class year.
- Lovely Planner shares a black and white printable ranging from preschool through senior school years.
- Remodelaholic offers signs from preschool through 12th grade, including the school year.
- Yellow Bliss Road has a chalkboard design printable ranging from preschool through 12th grade.