The first day of school is a very special day. Whether it’s your new student’s very first day of Kindergarten, or you’re sending them off to high school, this is a time for celebration. While your child is a student, this is his full-time job. This is one of the most important things he will ever have to do with his time and his energy. As a parent, it’s important to support your child at the beginning and always throughout their career as a student. There are different ways you can do this such as being involved with their school, volunteering your time, listening to their day, and helping with homework.
Another big way you can do this is by supporting them on the first day of school. Every year is a new, fresh start for your student. While there is momentous years like the first day of Kindergarten, middle or high school, every new start is important to your child. Not only are they auditioning from the summer schedule to a new school schedule, they will also be experiencing many things for the first time. New teachers, new classes, new friends, new subjects… it’s a lot to take in and it can be daunting for some students.
The first day of school traditions helps ease the anxiety that can come from back to school and also help put your student in the right frame of mind for that new school year.
Here are some ideas for the first day of school traditions but you are highly encouraged to create your own. That’s part of what makes them so special.
First Day of School Traditions
Back to school breakfast – Get up early on the first day of school and prepare your child’s favorite breakfast foods. Or get up early together and cook a full spread and do a breakfast buffet in your kitchen. You can put smiley faces on the pancakes and other fun goodies if you really want to sweeten it up and make it memorable.
Create a time capsule – Every new year of school you can spend time creating a time capsule, adding to it and then sealing it up to be opened the next year. Before a new school year starts, open the previous school year’s capsule to be reminded of all the fun experiences you had. This will help set the tone for a great new year.
Go on a back to school shopping date – Sure, every student needs new things for a new school year but instead of making it like a chore that you just have to get over and done with, turn it into a fun day together. You could walk around the mall, go someplace special to eat or see a movie to get a break from the shopping. It will be something for your student to look forward to every year.