School is our child’s second home, so it’s just fair to do or say things that would make our child excited in carrying their backpack.
If it’s their first time, there’s a huge chance that they are still ecstatic about school stuff; however, if they’ve been doing this for a long time, the excitement might not merely show. But don’t worry, it doesn’t have to end this way. There are more ways than one that will help your child feel delighted with school again and my top choice is to create fun first-day-of-school traditions.
These awesome back-to-school habits will not only take jitters away, it’s also a great way to start the year. So, without further ado, let’s get started:
Watching Back To School Movies
There’s no greater way to make school inviting than to watch back-to-school movies. Gather the entire family into the living room, grab a popcorn or order a box of pizza, and spend the night watching a family-friendly film before your child’s big day.
Not sure what movie to watch? Here are my top 5 picks:
- Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone
- School Of Rock
- Bridge To Terabithia
- Emily’s First 100 Days of School
- Freaky Friday
First-Day-Of-School Themed Dinner
Whether it’s your child’s first time to attend a school or not, every student has one thing in common — achieving new goals. Instead of the usual dinner night, set up a first-day-of-school themed dinner by placing fun cards, questionnaires, name tags, pencils and crayons, and other school materials on the table. Of course, don’t forget to surprise your kids with their favorite home-cooked meal. Hmm, lasagna!
Happy School Year’s Eve!
New Year’s Eve is always fun but why limit ourselves to that? Before your kid’s big day, create a simple celebration before they go back to school. Bring out the party hats, turn on the music, and dance the night away. This will help your child set the right mood on their first day of school.
Just be sure to avoid staying up too late!
Prepare A Big Breakfast
Bacon, pancakes, yogurt, cereals, and a big bowl of fruits — these are just some of the things that should be present in your table. Instead of the usual breakfast setup, surprise your kids with their favorite meal. You can even add a twist and turn a regular cupcake into the shape of a bag, pencil, or notebook.
You can watch the video below for fun pancake arts idea:
Get A Treat From A Backpack Fairy
If your child loses a tooth, there’s the tooth fairy. If it’s Christmas and they’ve been nice all year long, there’s Santa Claus. But who will be there to take away their jitters on their first day of school? Well, it’s none other than the backpack fairy!
Every night before they go back to school, ask your kid to leave their backpack outside their room or under their bed so that in the morning, they’ll receive treats and special gifts from their backpack fairy. It can be anything — a pack of marshmallows, bite-sized chocolates, a new pencil case, or a shirt.
Perform A Back-To-School Interview
The day before the school finally starts, print out a form that asks a few questions, such as the following:
- When I grow up, I want to be:
- My goal for this school year is to:
- My favorite snack is:
- My favorite subject is:
- The best person at school that I want to hang up with is:
At night time, before he goes to sleep, ask him/her to fill the form with answers and during breakfast, just before he/she goes to school, conduct an interview so you can ask follow-up questions just in case it’s necessary.
Give A Matching Bracelets
School is fun but not everyone, especially the younger ones, will realize this soon enough. If your child is nervous because he/she will be away from you for a few hours, you can give them a small reminder that they are on your mind.
Create to braided bracelets — the bigger one for you and the smaller ones for your child and attach a short, sweet poem on it. Read it before she/he rides the bus or enter the school and don’t forget to make your child feel that it’s going to be alright.
Go On A Before-Summer-Ends Adventure
Summer is one of the most anticipated seasons but it can still end with a smile. Before your kids go back to school, go on a final summer adventure. You can take them to a waterpark, a museum, or on a road trip. Or, if you want to keep it simple and affordable, you can set up a tent in your backyard, grill some hotdogs and S’mores, and sing campfire songs.
Be sure to take all the family with you and make this summer adventure a day or night to remember.
What’s your favorite first day of school tradition? Can you share more ideas on how to make your kid’s back-to-school special? If yes, please feel free to share it in our community. I’m sure many parents will appreciate that.
Otherwise, you can share your thoughts in the comment box below.