Back to school season can be stressful and nerve-wracking for both parents and students. Creating back to school traditions for each year will help ease your child into the new school year and get them excited for what lies ahead. Here are some ideas for back to school traditions that you can incorporate into your family.
Strike a Pose
Take a picture of your child on the first day of school whether it’s outside your house, at the bus stop or in front of the school. Snap a quick pic or you can get fancy with a chalkboard frame that states what grade your child is going into. Make sure to take a picture on the last day of school and you’ll marvel at the difference a year can make. This is a great keepsake that you and your child will enjoy looking back at over the years.
Dinner and Ice Cream
The night before the first day of school, have a special dinner with your family. Go out for a meal or eat in at home and serve your child’s favorite meal. End the night with ice cream and this will be a back to school tradition that your child loves!
School Supply Shopping
Make a special day out of school supply shopping. If you have more than one child, you can take each one individually and use it as bonding time. It will be a lot less hectic with one child at a time and you’ll really get to concentrate on what they want and need.
Consider picking up some extra school supplies like crayons, markers and pencils. During back to school season, some stores have a bin at the front of the store for students in need. If not, your child’s teacher will gladly take them for any students that can’t afford school supplies. It’s a great lesson in giving for your child!
Inspiration from Another Culture
Since 1810, parents in Germany have given their children a large, colorful paper cone called a Schultueten. Parents traditionally fill up the cone with small gifts, sweets and school supplies. This is a fun back to school tradition to start with your child while teaching them the history and culture of another country.
After a long first day at school, welcome your child home with open arms, a few balloons or a welcome sign and a special treat. Sit down with them and listen to how their first day of school went.
Bonus – Lunchbox Notes
A tradition you can continue throughout the whole school year is including a note in your child’s lunchbox. The note can be a picture, a joke or just some words of encouragement for the day.
There’s a lot of fun back to school traditions you can do to get your child excited about a new school year and to ease their anxieties. Do what’s right for your family and have fun with it!
Do you have any back to school traditions in your family?