Quinn will be starting preschool this fall. It is absolutely impossible for me to comprehend where the time has gone. He will only be going two days a week. With me being a stay-at-home-mom and him having a little sister at home I want him to connect with, this seemed like the best choice for our family. Even though it is only two days, make no mistake, it is crucial.
As a teacher, I know how important attitude, both of the child and the parent, is to a child’s learning and self-esteem. I want to do everything in my power to make sure my children have positive associations with school. I want them to see learning as something to celebrate and to look forward to.
As a parent, I also want to capture everything my child is today. If there is anything I have learned being a parent, it is time flies quickly and all the things you think you will never forget, you forget.
One of the coolest things about starting your own family is you get to create your own traditions.
Without further ado, here are the five ways we are going to be making school fun and memorable.
- Questionnaire- Ross and I created two printables. One is about getting to know your child. Take some time at the end of the summer to ask them a few questions (or if they are older, have them fill it out by themselves). We plan on doing this every year and I think it will be fun to see how the answers change. The other questionnaire is for after the first day of school. This is a great way to find out about their day.
- School Supply Shopping- We are doing this one up big. Making it feel special. We will go out to lunch and pick out our supplies and bond over the start of the school year.
- Breakfast- Okay, we are going to feed our child breakfast every day, not just the first day. But the first day, we are going to make it a big deal. A special breakfast, with the whole family. It just might include a stack of pancakes with a candle, I don’t know. When we get there, I will let you know.
- Photos- This one is an oldie, but goodie. Take a picture of your kid on their first day of school. I’m thinking we will have a little sign for Quinn to hold that says, “First Day of Pre-K”.
- After School Celebration- They made it! The first day is done, the school year has begun. I want to have a “first day after school tradition”. Right now I am thinking an ice cream date is in order.
So there you have it. Those are the five ways we are going to make the school year fun and memorable.
I thought I would share with you Quinn’s Back to School Interview.
What is your favorite memory from this summer? When Ian slept over. (more on that here)
What are you looking forward to this school year? I am looking forward to playing with the toys. Umm…I like being home with you.
What do you want to be when you grow up? A Pokemon trainer. So I can train them to battle.
What are you most proud of? When I ride my bike by myself.
What is your favorite color? The color of Pikachu. Yellow.
What is your favorite thing to do? Play. I like to play gymnastics by myself, with no one helping me. I like to play on my Leap Frog. Write that down too.
What is your favorite book? The Gorilla Grodd Book. (DC Superhero Friends: Going Bananas)
What is your favorite T.V. show?Rescue Bots and Jake and the Neverland Pirates
What are you good at? I am good at running.
What do you need to work on? I like working on robots. (I interject with, “Is there something you need to get better at”) I need to get better at driving that truck….I just did (Points outside, referring to his Power Wheel).
What makes you happy? Hugs. I like when I play football in the backyard with my dad.
I just wrote down his words as he said them. I love it. I am so glad I did it and you all should sit down and ask your kids too. Their answers just might surprise you. What are your back to school traditions? Are you new to this too? What traditions will you be starting?
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