We as humans never stop learning, however, with that said, we do take a break in our formal training in knowledge. Yep, we have come to the close of our six weeks off during the summer.
We are currently in the third week of our 2016-2017 school year. Princess is now in Kindergarten and Builder is in 2nd grade. Though grades get a little in the gray area when speaking of learning, knowledge, skills in the homeschool arena. I like to have them in “grades” according to how many years we have been “officially doing school”, or where they would be roughly according to age in public school. It just seems to help them answer those inevitable questions from friends, acquaintances, relatives…”What grade are you in?” I have also found that it has helped Builder feel a sense of accomplishment to achieve a new “grade”.
The primary reason for this post is to share with you, and record as memory for myself, our first day of school this year. Last year was actually our second year to do a first day of school celebration and I saw it solidify some and morph a little this year.
Here’s how it went:
Yep, those wonderfully scrumptious (low cost) goodies. My kids love to go to the donut shop. This year, my hubby took the day off to join in our first day celebration and I hope that will be a new tradition for the long haul.
These two must truly be my kids because I think they could have shopped for supplies for hours. They LOVE new school/organizational supplies as much as I do! We controlled ourselves and bought only that which was essential to start the year. That way we can come back after public school starts and grab some other items at the really great bargains.
School Year Shirt
For the past two years, the kids have been able to pick one “special school shirt” for the new school year. This is the shirt they take a picture in at the beginning of the school year.
Lunch and All About Me
After our treasure hunt for supplies and a shirt, the next stop was home for a break and some lunch. After lunch, I had the kids fill out an All About Me sheet that I found over at Yellow Bliss Road. Then Daddy took their beginning of the year school pics.
Playground and Sno-Cones
After pics, we talked about what special thing we wanted to go and do. The kids had been dying to go to one of their favorite playgrounds, which we hadn’t had a chance to visit for a long while. So the rest of the afternoon was spent at one of their favorite playgrounds and then a trip for sno-cones afterward.
It was a great day. Our goal this year was to celebrate our new beginning to the year, but we also had a very real need to keep it a low cost day. Though the clothing part got a little more expensive than I had wanted (something to take note and remedy next year). Overall, a very fun-filled celebration of our first day of school. Looking forward to the next ten or eleven of them!