Back To School Traditions

Today is the kick off of my back to school traditions for our family.

Don’t worry if your own back to school count-down hasn’t reached single digits yet, I promise… your time will come.   Honest.

Until then, you can spend every possible minute trolling Pinterest for the best back to school ideas you can find and live vicariously through the rest of us.

Me?  I have something planned for every single day between now and the start of school.

Because I’m the mom and I can do that.

First things first

I’d like to thank my husband’s company for getting things kicked off properly.  I’d like to personally thank the person who decided that “bring our kids to work day” belonged in August.

Yes.  My kids went to bed at a reasonable hour last night.  They got up, dressed, and ate breakfast in time to leave the house at 8am.  They will be spending all day in a structured environment with a group of kids.  They will be following directions.

They will NOT be lounging on the couch, whining that they are bored, trying to play video games, and begging for junk.

It’s a great kick off for the back to school season.

(excuses me while i giggle.  i didn’t even get out of bed.  i got up to an empty house and enjoyed the silence.)

Back To School Plan

The rest of our days are pretty straight forward.

We will be leaving the house at 8am.  Every.  Single. Day.

Digital devices are NOT coming with us.  Instead, we’ll be polishing our social skills and practicing patience and self control.

  • Tuesday:  Breakfast at Chic Fil A followed by school supply shopping.   They will be handed a list of supplies, a clipboard, and a pencil.  If they can tell me the (pre-tax) price for their list correctly, they will get a treat.  Why?  Because that way I’ve snuck in math practice and made them use a pencil.
  • Wednesday:  They’ve been begging to go to Chuck E Cheese all summer.  I think they’re too old, but I’m game.  Besides, I have a bunch of tokens around here somewhere.  They open at 9am and we’ll be hanging out in the parking lot, waiting.  My (evil) plan is to be gone well before lunch.
  • Thursday: It never fails.  We have to go to the grocery store.  I’m sure I’ll be in need of something important… like coffee or maybe wine.  I may follow this up with hair cuts if I decide the kids need additional torturing.
  • Friday:  IHOP day.  I don’t know how it started, but I’ll be watching my kids get sugared up on a pancake high.  I’m hoping it wears off by bedtime.   They get so darn sticky at IHOP that I just throw them in the pool and hope for the best.
  • Monday:  Breakfast with Daddy day.  I have no idea what we will eat, but it’s a special day to eat a healthy breakfast.  On the way home we’ll stop by the shoe store and make sure we have shoes that fit for school.
  • Tuesday:  Open house day.  The kids get to go and meet their teachers.  We’ll be loading up all the school supplies as well.  School doesn’t want them until 11am, but trust me, I can use it as an excuse to get them up out of bed early.
  • Wednesday:  First day of school.  Healthy breakfast and photos.  I’m having lunch with friends and then composing a much needed blog post about car line.

Through out the week, I’ll be adding in some fun special events.  They’d need to be adapted for your child’s grade level, but these are really fun and the kids love them.

back to school prep

  • Show me that you still remember how to read.
  • Do you remember long division?
  • Can you still spell your name?
  • Demonstrate how to sit still for 10 minutes without talking.
  • How quickly can you run through these flashcards?
  • Can you hold a pencil?
  • Let’s write a letter to grandma.

There.  My kids will be so glad to go back to school that they won’t even whimper.

What’s your favorite back to school tradition?

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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. I know I’m in the minority here but I’m actually not quite ready to ship mine back to school yet. I’m kind of sad about it starting next week although I imagine I’ll have a pretty speedy recovery by the week’s end.
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  2. I bet your kids’ teachers love you! Great ideas for easing the re-entry process. I’m anxious to read about your adventures in the car line!
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  3. Love it! We are headed away this weekend for one last hurrah and then when we return it will be time to buckle down and get serious about school starting! Am definitely going to borrow some of your traditions! :)-Ashley
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