Remember the book All I Really Ever Needed To Know I Learned In Kindergarten? I think I should write a modern version, All I Really Ever Needed To Know I Found On Pinterest!
Seriously though, skimming through Pinterest I have found some really great ideas. For example these great links to various back to school ideas…
I love the idea of lunch box notes. I once met a mother who happened to also be a great artist. Every morning she would sketch a design, scene, note or whatever on a square yellow post it note and stick it in her children’s lunch. I know this because when I opened the pantry door each note was taped to the back side. Her son saved each note.
The great part is you do not have to be an artist at all – or have little squares of paper. I like to write notes on napkins. To show your love it doesn’t have to be fancy. Or, you could use this template and keep a stash of different notes in your drawer to toss in as you make lunch.
These Pocket Hearts are another super sweet idea. I know my girls would love to keep one of these in their pockets at school. Or you could slip this in your little one’s lunchbox or backpack to find during the day. Granted one might need to be slightly crafty to make these, you might choose something similar but of another material. A Shrinky Dink (like) charm shaped heart that read “Love Mom” could be another option.
How about a Back To School Interview? These are some great questions I have found. This is always a good time to go back to later in life. It is going to be great fun to share my daughter’s plans one day. At age 5 her plan was to live on a ranch, be a veterinarian, ride her horse to work and have five children who will stay home with their daddy. I just love it!
1st Day of School Traditions can be great memories and even help ease the transition into a new class. Children thrive on knowing what to expect and consistency. While there will be much change and a lot to learn on the first day back to school, having a few traditions to rely on might help relieve some of the anxiety associated with change.
And when they come home from school be sure to talk about their first day. While a day in kindergarten may seem like a vacation to you, your 6 year old has just made a huge accomplishment. Ask questions to acknowledge your interest in their success. This will be a big confidence booster for the many days to come. Check out these Questions To Ask After the First Day of School. And if you have one of those children not really interested in conversation use the car ride home to your advantage, they will be in their seatbelts – a captive audience!