10 Tips for Making Back to School Extra Special

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It’s back to school season in our neck of the woods, and whether or not your kid is on board with the whole going back to school thing, making back to school feel special can sometimes be challenging. My kids never want summer to end. And even though we’re fairly lax on most bedtimes because we homeschool, the beginning of school marks a more consistent routine, which frankly is a struggle for some of our kids. This is why I came up with 10 tips for making back to school extra special!

Sometimes as homeschoolers we forget to make back to school special for our kids, because it is just like any other day. However, these 10 Tips are perfect for making your homeschoolers feel special this year as you start back to school! :: www.inallyoudo.net

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A brand new outfit

Since we homeschool, new clothes are not necessary for a new school year. However, maybe let them pick out a new pair of pajamas they can wear to do school in every once in a while – or nearly every day in our case.

Fun school supplies

These days you can find folders for just a few cents. However, offer to splurge on a few items that are more personalized. A $1 folder with Paw Patrol or their favorite Disney character can make their daily work folder a little more fun and inviting.

Take fun back to school pictures

Find a unique way to celebrate their new grade by posing for a fun photo! You can use props, special backgrounds, or anything else to make this picture fun and something you’ll remember for a lifetime. We like using these fun posters for each year. Just print the ones you want and let them pose! {add to cart button}

Go out to lunch

Most homeschool families eat at home for lunch. Why not make the first day of school special by going out to their favorite place as a treat. Celebrate the fact that you have the freedom to homeschool and spend some extra time with your kids!

Make a fun back to school basket

If you are looking for a way to make back to school something they’ll look forward to, consider making a back to school fun basket! Include a few fun toys, and even spread them out over the course of a few days and do a countdown.

Make a special breakfast

Mornings are typically laid back and somewhat lazy around our house. We have some early risers and some late sleepers. So they are typically on their own for breakfast. However, on the first day of school, you can make a point to eat breakfast together and make it extra special with some shaped pancakes, a breakfast casserole or their favorite omelette!

Create a time capsule

Mark off the beginning of a new school year by making a time capsule together. Include a back to school questionnaire and photo for each child, and something special that defines your school year. At the end of the year or beginning of the next year, open it together and see what has changed!

Make a scavenger hunt

Come up with a fun scavenger hunt to help them prepare for their first day of school. Include tracking down their new school supplies, new lunch or snack items, and more!

Make a video diary

When your kids are older, they may not remember many of their first days of school. Make a video diary and do an interview style video for them. When they finally graduate, this will be a timeless gift and will document their journey to adulthood.

Celebrate the end of the first day

The first day back is always hectic in our homeschool. The kids are excited about their new curriculum, the possibilities of all they want to learn and just the excitement of getting started. We like to take it easy on the first day of school, but it is always fun to celebrate getting back to a routine. Take them to dinner or make a special dinner together at home. You could even make a special treat, like cookies or a cake!

Going back to school doesn’t just have to mean the end of summer vacation. By trying one of these tips, you can make that back to school time a little less stressful and more relaxed for everyone!

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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet all her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating fun and engaging printables, unit studies and curriculum for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about marriage, parenting, and homeschooling all while maintaining her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers, where she shares free printables and resources from around the web as well as deals on curriculum and homeschooling resources. You can also keep up with her via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
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