Everywhere you look, children are starting school. My social media is already full of yearly back to school photos with signs announcing which grade each adorable child is beginning in their still-clean new school clothes. When you homeschool, it can feel like you’ve been left out of the fun and excitement of the first day. Here are some things you can do to make the first day special for everyone!
Be confident in your decision! You’ve already weighed the pros and cons. You’ve evaluated your child’s (or children’s) needs. You know what you are doing is best for all of you at this time. And it’s never too late to change your mind! School isn’t a one-time permanent decision!
Take a first day of school photo. You will want to look back on it at the end of the year and each time your child advances another grade. It is a milestone for your child and you, so capture it! The homeschool bonus is that you don’t have to take the photo in a rush at 7:30 am, and you can instead take it at your leisure. We took ours after 2 pm!
Pull out some fun curriculum that you’ve been waiting to start. Now is the time to start enjoying the process! We saved some curriculum that Anna was really excited about until the first day of school to help make the day special.
Schedule a play date! Social interaction is important, and it’s good to get into the habit early in the school year. Seek out other homeschool families, and you may find like-minded friends for the entire family. If you’re a member of a co-op, you may already have play dates scheduled for you. Add those to your calendar before they slip your mind.
Plan a field trip during the day. With the majority of kids in school, you will run into fewer crowds. Summer hot spots become havens for homeschoolers. Those popular library computers are now available. Peak park time is now on Saturdays. Have your children help you make a list of all the fun things they hope to do this year.
Plan a trip. High travel season is ending in a lot of the world, so now is a great time to get out there. Shoulder seasons, those times between heavy tourist traffic and slow times (often with poor weather) are ideal for homeschooling or worldschooling families to explore with fewer crowds. Restaurants and activities that typically close during slow seasons are still open but without the long lines. Take advantage of it!
Whatever your plans for school are this year, there are ways to make it special. If you have any great ideas, let me know in the comments!
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