Huh?! I just figured the first day "back to homeschool" would be the first day we follow my super-duper elaborately-detailed amazingly-thorough school schedule! Isn't that enough?
Yet after reading through some of the traditions other families have started, I figure this will be a good year to start our own. We'll see what sticks, and we'll see what naturally develops over the years, but here's what I've come up with for this year...
- A poster with a favorite or theme verse. Since Esmé is just three this year, I'll print a verse out for her: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him." (1 Cor 2:9) Then I'll rip out a bunch of magazine pictures ahead of time and have her pick out some of her favorite things to cut and glue onto butcher paper, along with the verse.
- Baking cookies. I'll try to come up with a reasonably healthy recipe that she can help prepare.
- Picnic lunch. And she'll get to help pack our picnic lunch. That will be our chance to get outside and enjoy the summer weather while it still lasts.
- Discussion of the schedule. I won't pull out every single thing I have planned for our schedules - we'll take it easy that first day. (Hey, she's three! We take it easy every day!) But I DO want to go over a picture schedule with her and discuss what we'll be accomplishing over the year.
- A new outfit. This may or may not coincide with the first day of school. This year, Esmé is starting ballet lessons, so it'll be a ballet outfit. And her ballet classes start on a workday for me. So the timing isn't perfect, but I know it's something she'll love.