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15 FUN First Day Traditions!

It is that time again! It is time for BACK TO HOMESCHOOL

If you are new to this life of homeschooling, I want to welcome you! Beginning to homeschool can seem like a daunting task, but soon you will be going strong and wondering why you were worried at all. 

If you are a veteran homeschooler, welcome back! You are no stranger to this rodeo but with a few years under your belt, you might be wondering how to make this year get started with a bang or at least with less complaining.

One way to start the year off is with a homeschool tradition. Help the kids and yourself look forward to the first day of lessons by making it a fun memory. I have 15 for you below for you to try. Pick one or two for the first day or pick a couple and make it a week of events as you build-up to the first day back! 


School Supply Scavenger Hunt

So you picked out all those fun new school supplies and the kids are excited for them. Make the first lesson of the day a scavenger hunt! It’ll be like an Easter Egg hunt but even better! Plus the kids will be practicing reading and thinking skills!

Ice Cream

Celebrate the day with a cold treat. Make it a homeschool experience and make your own ice cream! It is fun and science! 

Decorate their Portfolio 

Grab a cheap three-ring binder and some markers. Let the kids show off their personality and create the perfect place to put all their finished work for the year! Perfect custom portfolio binder done! 


Pack up some fun snacks and head outside. Enjoy the beautiful weather and the fact that you are not stuck inside at a desk all day! 

First Day Field Trip

No school takes a field trip on the first day. So enjoy this homeschool perk! Go somewhere fun or visit a location that has been super busy all summer with all the public school students. 

Make it a Book Day

Visit the library and grab a stack of books. Take the day to relax, cuddle, and read aloud

Document the Moment! 

Believe it or not, the year will fly by. Soon I will be writing how to wrap up the year. Use the first day to document what your children are like at that very moment. Come next summer they will have grown and changed so much! 

Sleep in and stay in your PJ’S all day! 

Enjoy the fact that you don’t have to wake up at dawn and rush a half-awake child to the bus stop. 

Outside Learning all Day! 

Enjoy the summer sun while it lasts! Go on nature observation, learn more about your local wildlife, or go for a hike. Enjoy the flexibility of homeschooling. 

Fun Breakfast

Start the day with something you usually don’t have. Cake for breakfast? For today sure! If I can’t sell you on the cake then how about some fun breakfast. Maybe try animal pancakes?  

Have a GAME DAY! 

Yes, the kids will still be learning, but they don’t have to know that. Find a few fun board games and make it an all-day game day. 

Make a school shirt

Did you know you can decorate a shirt with crayons? Grab some cheap t-shirts or recycle some old ones and make a school shirt! Create a homeschool name if you don’t have one and pick a mascot! If you don’t feel comfortable drawing it, then create it using a program like Canva and try an iron-on transfer

Collaborate on a Back to School Playlist and have a dance party. 

Pull up your favorite music app and have the kids help you make a motivation playlist to get pumped for the school year. Think Happy by Pharrell Williams and Can’t Stop This Feeling by Justin Timberlake. These songs are great to save for when the winter blah sets in and you all need to get up and move! 

CO-OP Playdate 

Find those other homeschoolers and start the year off with a playdate. Bonus perk, the parks will be less crowded now! 

School Pictures 

Just because you homeschool doesn’t mean you have to miss out of pictures. Grab our free first-day printables below and take some candid photographs to shares with your families and friends. 



These are just a few ideas to get you started. There are many ways to make the first day one-of-a-kind for your homeschooling family. Make it unique and make it fun, and let’s make this homeschool year a great one! 


Share your first day traditions and ideas with me in the comments below!

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