Back to homeschool is a favorite time of year. As such we always try to make the first day extra special.
When the kids were small it meant breakfast at McDonald’s and a playground to ourselves. Soaking up a few hours of sunlight and a gift bag of dollar store treats.
Now that my kids are older and life is a bit more hectic Back to School has changed, as it should. Life is about change and learning to change with it is a skill momma!
Before I share fun back to school ideas lets see how you can find the time, to begin with.
Make a date.
When choosing your back to school day, try to choose a day off or a holiday. This year we choose Labor Day. This allows us to plan since both my husband and I have the day off work.
Keep it simple.
Sometimes we think we need grand plans for our kids to remember our hard work. I have a quick challenge for you-go ask your child what their favorite memory is? Be brave. Lol If your kids are like mine it is the simple walk near a park, not the 2 years of saving vacation we took.
Note: I am not saying those vacations aren’t worth it, they were. But those days you spent time with them, those are the memory makers.
Take advantage of the time you do have.
Unplug, put away your phone unless you are taking photos-even then, snap a few and then just be. Be there. Laugh. Play. Enjoy.
Back to school doesn’t have to be in the morning. If you work or need sleep (hello shift worker!) then “celebrate” at night. Make breakfast for supper. Watch an “educational” movie and popcorn. Do an evening read aloud or listen to a new audio book.
First Day Back To Homeschool Fun Ideas!
Below are a few great ideas that can take as little as 30 minutes but can be stretched to include the whole day if you have the time. The focus is on easy, fun and little to no prep. So you can enjoy your kids without stress!
This is a must have tradition in our home. We let the kids pick what they want to have.
Mostly in our house, it is pancakes topped with whipping cream, berries, and real maple syrup.
Last year it was waffles for a change. So be adventurous and try something new.
Hint: Double check a few days before that you have all the ingredients needed and the recipe somewhere you can find it. 😉
Switch it up if you need to – special lunches and dinners are just as awesome!
Back to Homeschool Treasure Hunt!
This one you will need to keep simple if you want to hit the 30 minute time mark.
Write out the clues a few days before and be sure to make the kids think, hehe. As a treasure, you can use gift bags filled with dollar store treats, candy, and or funky school supplies. For younger kids a map to follow is a great alternative.
Back to Homeschool Photos.
If your kids don’t mind photos this can be a fun way to remember how little they were and let them go craft crazy. My kids hate photos so this totally doesn’t work for me 🙁
The week before you can get them to make Large Picture Frames and decorate them with the number of the grade or age they are. This is great for artsy kids.
Make a Uniform!
Design your own shirt (shorts/hoodie whatever) We did this one year and it was so much fun.
I picked up two plain white shirts and fabric markers. Lay out an old plastic tablecloth and let them go for it!
Hint: Choose non-toxic and make sure they are minimal bleed, washer safe like these Fabric Markers 12 Pack Dual Tip
A few have mentioned they have American Girl lovers so I was happy to find out you can get an American Girl Stamping T-Shirt Design Kit.
Throw a Tie Dye Party
Much like the above, pick up a few shirts and a tie dye kit. Invite a few friends. Have Fun.
I’ve never done tie dye with my kids but this is on our wish list. I was told this kit is good but if you know a better way please let me know. “One Step” is what caught my attention!
This is a great time to dig out those board games or if the weather is nice, the yard games you haven’t found time to play yet.
A few of favorites are:
- Croquet (okay my kids love this I hate it!!)
- Lawn Darts
- Horseshoes -the only time “close” counts!
- Flag Football – my son loves this, great for all ages!
Food is pretty important, or is that just me? 😉 Plan a picnic to eat outside. Get the kids involved to help you out. Depending on their age they can make sandwiches, snacks, pack the picnic basket or even shop for items at the store.
Choosing a new fruit to try, funky flavor of juice or using wine glasses instead of regular glasses makes it special. Think a little outside the box!
Go ahead and make a date. Pick a cafe old or new. Try something new to eat or drink and enjoy the moment.
My kids are on a mission to try every single new donut Tim Hortons releases, lol! They are obsessed. Recently they tried the S’more Iced Cap, can anyone say sugar rush? It was the highlight of the day. Simple momma. Sweet and simple!
Interview Your Kids!
When I asked in The Working Homeschool Mom Club Facebook Group what they did for back to school one mom said she did a back to school interview.
A few questions she included were:
- How old are you?
- What’s your favorite color?
- What do you want to be when you grow up?
- What are you most looking forward to learning about this year?
- Who are your best friends?
- What’s your favorite subject?
- What will you do to change the world?
So go ahead, open a word document or use a free program like PicMonkey and get creative. Print it out on fun colorful paper or let them design it.
Hint: Be brave and let them interview you!
There you have 9 simple ideas for busy moms to help make the first day back to school special.
Do you make back to school special for you kids? I’d love to know!
PS. We also like to include fun gift bags for each of our kids. Read Back to Homeschool Gift Ideas Your Teens Will Love! to get a few ideas of what you can put in your gift bags. In the meantime, did you know you can get a head start on the new school year with Epic!’s Back to School Collection? Get access to 25,000 for free for 30 Days!