We always have a fun breakfast, usually a special request from the boys or a "treat" like waffles with whipped cream and strawberries. This year it was french toast and bacon, by request.
We are a music loving family, so I usually have a song picked out to play to start our school day and call everyone to the couch to start our day with the Bible. This year our first week song was "Put on Love" from Seeds Family Worship. You can hear it here. It is a fun setting of Colossians 3:12,14a.
"Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness and patience... and above all these put on Love!"
Here are the two youngest, "puttin' it on"...
It's always fun to get new "stuff"... so I save the fun school supplies for a surprise.
Oh, and a little treat, too. (Pop Rocks, with an silly note!)
First Day Pictures!
Every year we take pictures by the same tree in the backyard, so we can see how the kids grow. This year, since they were going on the blog, we used some "disguises" because I decided I don't really like to post individual pics of the boys on the blog for just anyone to download.
These are all pretty simple traditions, but it is fun to at least give the school year a little bit of specialness to start off. Of course, each year has it's unique traditions too - sometimes we have a field trip the first week, sometimes a special outing or activity. This year, we ended our "first week" with a pizza party, ice cream and movie night - celebrating our accomplishment! (No one was very excited about starting up this year, so we needed to celebrate that it was a good week and not as bad as everyone expected. Some years are like that.)
What traditions do you have to celebrate back-to-school?
I'm linking up today with iHomeschooling Network's "Not-Back-To-School" Blog Hop.