Y’all, I’m excited. It’s back to school time! I loved those days when we were gearing up for a brand-new year.
Here are some things that could help you streamline your first day of back to homeschool. These come from watching my mom, a veteran homeschooler who experienced 30 first-days! But she would be the first to tell you they weren’t all dreamy. Through trial and error, she discovered some best practices to help her achieve peaceful days.
1. Purchase school surprises for your kiddos.
A huge highlight to me on our first day was school surprises. Simply put, Mom bought new school supplies plus some fun extras. Here are things you could purchase (and hint: it’s the weekend, so run out to the store, as I know many of you are starting next week!).
- Notebook / binder (the more colorful and cuter for girls the better, and manly ones work well for the boys!)
- Sticky colored tabs (we used these to mark where we were in textbooks)
- Pencils in fun colors or mechanical pencils
- Erasers (not the ordinary pink ones but funky colors!)
- Rulers (those bendable, really slick ones!)
- Coloring books for young children
- Fun crayons (they seem to come in all shapes, sizes, and scents!) or markers for young children
- Browse the back-to-school aisles: they are full of ideas!
- A reading book (hint: a Moody book!)
- Candy (yep, I really said that! what child doesn’t like candy?!)
2. Ask for your children’s input on their schedules, the flexible areas.
My mom was awesome with this. There were certain time slots that needed to be held to, but other times that I could plan, and I loved working on my schedule.
3. Plan a pre-first-day-of-homeschool.
School doesn’t just happen. So plan a non-actual-school day, but make it a super fun day. Make an awesome breakfast (hint: Chocolate Chip Muffins), give school surprises to the kids, go over their schedules, and play some games! To top it off, plan a special dinner so Dad can feel included to. Or, better yet, order in pizza. Now doesn’t that sound incredible?
4. Be excited yourself.
If Mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy! Put that smile on your face, and enjoy your time too. New beginnings are always fun, when they are planned for correctly and with proper expectations.
My mom is Queen of practical advice, so I encourage you to check out some of her wisdom:
Y’all! This is fruit! All eight of us Maxwell young people on Mary’s graduation evening.
Happy making your first day the best ever!
“So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom,
and apply thine heart to understanding.”