First Day of First Grade

So we started another school year two weeks ago.  I can’t believe it’s already been two weeks.  We got a bit of a late start due to our big trip back East (we did a LOT of traveling this summer) but it’s been good to be home and get back into the groove of things (even if the transition has been a little rough).  I just wanted to share some pictures from our first day back and our family traditions.

graduate Tshirts

I love these shirts!  We bought large ones and made the 2027 logo last year.  We are taking a picture of the girls in their shirts every year to show how they grow and change.  By the time they graduate high school in 2027 the shirts should be fitting a little better (tearing up a little thinking of them growing up so fast). 2028 Graduate

Want to make your own?  Just choose your year, download the pdf, and print it out on iron-on paper.

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2027 Graduate

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Need a different year?  Here it is in powerpoint so you can change the year: Graduate T-shirt adjustable year

And of course we take normal pictures too:

This is one of my favorite, just because they look so joyful

This is one of my favorite, just because they look so joyful

 

Another tradition is entering the school room.  I shut it down before we start school and work on getting everything clean and set up nicely (this was actually a huge project this year which I will blog about soon because I’m so proud of how it turned out).  This year I decorated the door a little to build up the excitement.

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And then we have all of their new school books sitting out on their desks.  In addition to the books are all kinds of special treats–scented markers, new crayons, smarties candies–just some things to make the day special and celebrate their new beginning.

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First Day of School

When we made the decision to homeschool I knew this day would come…. the first day of school.  I wasn’t worried about our first day of school (excited about that actually).  No, I worried about how I would feel when my friends posted all their pictures of their children’s first day of school, especially this year when so many, just like ours, are starting kindergarten.  Would I be jealous seeing their children in their brand new outfits wearing oversized backpacks and big smiles?  Of course we aren’t going to make our educational choices based on cute photographs.  Especially when there is such an easy solution… take my own adorable pictures!  And make our own traditions.

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Our Future Graduates

One tradition we started… Taking a picture every year in our high school graduation shirt.  My husband made the 2027 Graduate logo that we ironed on to white T-shirts (we LOVE iron-ons!).  The plan is to take a picture of the girls in their shirts every year and watch as they grow into them.

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Just in case you also have a 2027 Graduate, here is the image we used: 2027 Graduate image for shirt

Or you can download this powerpoint and make changes as necessary: Graduate Tshirt design

School Cones

Another tradition was our “school cones.”  I heard school coneabout this German tradition from a friend and it sounded perfect for our family.  I included new school supplies as well as some special treats.  I had also closed up the school room a few days beforehand to get it ready so the girls were surprised when they entered and saw the room all set up and their school cones on their desks.

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They also had all their new school books sitting on their desks for them to look through and get excited.

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All About Me worksheet

On that first day we also completed our “All About Me” worksheets which we have done in the past and do at least once a year.All About Me Worksheet

Download All About Me worksheet

Self Portraits

And we made these self-portraits from their first day in kindergarten, which just might become another start of the year tradition for us.

kindergarten self portrait

Download First Day of Kindergarten Self Portrait

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