Wednesday, September 6, 2017

7 Ways to Celebrate the First Day of Homeschool

If you have ever been on Facebook during back-to-school season, I am sure you have seen how parents all over the nation make a big deal about their kids’ return to school. You see plenty of pictures of first-day-of school smiles, frowns, hairstyles, and outfits. You read tales of waking the kids up and getting them to school on time. It can be pretty exciting and eventful for public school kids. 

7 Ways to Celebrate the First Day of Homeschool

The first-day-of-school excitement doesn’t have to be just for public school kids. Homeschool kids can get in on the action as well.  

First-Day-Of-School Outfit

Wo doesn’t like getting a brand new outfit? I know I do! I bet your kids do as well. Treat them to a trip to the store to pick out a cute (or cool) outfit to wear on the first day of school. If you want to make it extra special, you can let them shop at a store that you don’t normally shop at. For older kids, you can give them a budget to work with and give them freedom to shop within that budget.

First-Day-of-School Pictures

Make a big deal about your kids starting a new school year by taking first-day-of-school pictures. You can do it at home with your own camera, take them to a photo studio to have them done professionally, or hire a professional photographer to do a fun photoshoot around town. Get creative and have fun! Check out these super cute back-to-school picture ideas.

Back-to-School Party

Know some other homeschoolers in the area? Why not organize a fun back-to-school party? Of course, since homeschoolers choose the day school starts, it may not fall exactly on everyone’s first day back, but I doubt the kids will care about that little detail. It can just be a fun day where they reunite with their homeschool friends that they haven’t seen all summer. Check out these fun ideas for back-to-school parties.

Field Trip

Kids love field trips. Shoot…so do adults. Why not start the school year off with a fun-filled field trip? You could even make it a big event by inviting all of your homeschool friends to join you. Some simple, yet cool, field trip ideas include going to the zoo, visiting a museum, catching a live sports event, or even just taking a trip to a park you haven’t been to in a while.

Picnic in the Park

Speaking of going to the park, another fun idea is to pack up a big, tasty lunch and head to the park for a picnic. Don’t forget to bring a few toys to play with. You could even pack up your family’s favorite board games and set up shop underneath a pavilion. Enjoy your lunch and then spend a few hours enjoying some quality time as a family. If you have local homeschool friends, invite them to bring food and games as well. The more, the merrier!

Special Breakfast

Do your kids have a favorite breakfast that you just don’t make that often? Perhaps they love red velvet pancakes and chocolate smoothies. Or maybe they love stuffed French toast and cheesy eggs. Ake the first day of homeschool extra special by starting it off with a breakfast that will put a huge smile on their faces. After all, breakfast IS the most important meal of the day.

Field Day

Last, but certainly not least, you can organize a field day. In public schools, field day is typically held at the end of the school year- often the last week of school (if not the very last day of school). It’s a day filled with food, games, and overall whimsy. But homeschoolers are rebels, so I don’t see why we can’t have field day at the beginning of the school year. Get together with your homeschool friends to organize some fun games, set up a potluck lunch, and make sure the kids have something to look forward to on the first day of school.
These are just a few ideas for how to celebrate the first day of homeschool. Do you have any fun first-day-of-school traditions? Let us know in the comments below!

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