Written by contributor Toni Anderson of The Happy Housewife
When they grow up children might not remember their science curriculum or how many spelling words they spelled correctly. Traditions however, when carried on throughout the years, give children wonderful memories and strengthen family relationships.
Traditions don’t have to be expensive, there are numerous ways to celebrate the beginning of another school year without dipping into the college fund.
Most children love to have their picture taken and it is fun to look back on previous class photos and see how everyone is growing. If possible have everyone stand in the same location each year and in the same order. The uniformity of the yearly photos highlights the changes!
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Another fun way to celebrate a new school year is to measure each child. We usually measure the kids several times a year because they are always excited to see how much they have grown since the first day of school.
New School Supplies
As a frugal homeschooler I tend to reuse as many resources as possible. This means my children will often use books, scissors, crayons and other supplies over and over again. Each year I purchase a few special items for each child, it could be something as simple as a notebook in their favorite color or a new set of colored pencils.
A special breakfast is a great way to start the first day of homeschool. It could be your child’s favorite breakfast item or you could simply make pancakes in special shapes or serve whipped cream on their waffles.
Field Trip List
Let your children brainstorm field trip ideas for the upcoming year. This is a great way to learn more about your child’s interests and allow them to be part of the planning. Field trips don’t have to be expensive. Many museums offer homeschool days and dollar days, take advantage of these specials and enrich your child’s education with field trips.
Celebrate the first day with a half day of school. Work on academics in the morning and then in the afternoon watch a special movie, go to the park, or have a read-a-thon.
Creating homeschool traditions is simple and inexpensive. It takes a little thought and planning and creates lasting memories for your children.
What are some of your family’s back to homeschool traditions?