There is something magical about the first day of school, kind of like the opposite forces of the Good Witch and the Bad Witch in The Wizard of Oz. For some, the first day of school is an exciting time of new opportunities. For others, the first day of school is like walking into a jail for a life sentence. Hopefully your kids are able to see it as fun and exciting.
Each mom approaches the first day a little differently. Some throw a PB&J into a brown paper sack and wave to the school bus with a celebratory Irish coffee in her hand. Others carefully plan out the perfect clothing and the best location for a cute little photo, with a perfect sign documenting the day, making sure to tuck a little love note into the the lunch packed with an organic sunflower butter sandwich cut into an origami owl, with homemade sugar cookies on reserve in the refrigerator for the first after-school snack. I fall somewhere in between these two.
Back to School Photo Sign
Though I don’t believe in putting too much emphasis on an already stressful day for kids, I think it’s a great opportunity to create a good school experience and save some memories for years later. I made an adorable little chalkboard photo prop sign, available in my Confetti Saturday shop in Etsy, for kids to hold in their back to school photo. It has just enough detail to record the important things like the date and school, and the chalk lettering is a sweet homage to elementary school.
For older kids, or super fashionable youngsters, I have a gold foil sign available. It is a simple yet flashy little speech bubble, great for larger groups of kids with different grades to display. It also comes in a set of two signs, one for the first day of school, and one for the last day.
Back to School Interview
I also created this back to school interview to be completed on the first day of school. It’s free here, just right click and download, and you can use it for as many kids as you like, as many times as you like. The pdf version is here.
School Night Meal Planner
If you are dreading the mealtime rush of balancing a nutritious dinner with volleyball and gymnastics practice, this is exactly what you need. Plan out a week’s worth of meals ahead of time, go to the grocery store once each week after everything is planned, and maybe prepare a few basic casseroles like the First Lady’s favorite homemade mac and cheese on Sunday night for the really crazy weeknight coming up. I also loaded this up with every reference you could need while planning out a meal or rushing around to find a last minute cooking conversion. Seriously, this has everything from the perfect tea steeping time to the cut of meat to ask for when buying ingredients for Thursday night’s slow cooker pot roast. Oh, and it’s cute to boot, so you will like using it each week.