first day of school homeschool traditions

How do you prepare for the first day of school homeschool as yellow buses start to roam neighborhoods and kids get fresh school supplies?

Even if they’ve been homeschooling all year round, it turns out that local families have plenty of great ideas for making their “back-to-school” time extra special!

Here are some suggested traditions and tips from area homeschoolers:

  • Special foods

OK, OK … so maybe doughnuts aren’t the healthiest foods around, but many homeschool families start their first day of school with these delectable morsels. After all, we have 364 days in the rest of the year to eat healthy.

Other families will go out for a meal at a local restaurant, pack a special boxed lunch, bake a cake (who says your first day can’t be a “piece of cake”?), or order pizza.

  • Field trips

Ever heard of CoCo Key Water Resort Homeschool Days? Some families will choose to go on the one in August and mark that as their “back-to-school” day.

(Check our Facebook events page to see the next CoCo Key Homeschool Day!)

Other options include Worlds of Fun, the Schlitterbahn, museums and parks, and the zoo.

  • Shopping

Because now is the time for back-to-school deals, some families will take their kids on a trip to the grocery store or mall to purchase fresh supplies.

  • School pictures

What better time of the year to snap a few photos than when everyone’s gathered together in one place?

One tip is to photograph your child in the same place every year, so that you can look back and see how much they’ve grown.

  • DIY decorations

Some enterprising moms will create big banners, such as “Welcome to X Grade!” with craft supplies purchased at local stores. Another idea is to create homemade badges for your children, depending on which grade they’ll enter.

  • Family powwow

Just like a New Year’s resolution, only it’s in the middle of the year! Some families find this time especially fruitful for setting goals and expectations, discussing them together at an appointed time and place. It helps to bring out the new school supplies as props!

This blog post was originally published in July 2014. It has been updated for timeliness and detail.

What tips do you have for celebrating your first day of school homeschool? Let us know in the comments!