Be a Rockstar Mom! 6 Clever Traditions to Start the School Year Off Right

Are you looking for fun ideas to welcome the new school year? Great!

Want to be that rockstar mom that has it all together this school year? Awesome!

I want to share powerful tips to do both!

Looking for fun back to school ideas and traditions? Great! Ready to be that rockstar mom that has it all together this school year? Awesome! This post has want to share powerful tips to do both! You’ll love these ideas (and so will your kids)! Get organized and ready for the new school year!

Back to school is full of opportunities for great family traditions, and our family has several annual back to school traditions that I know your family will love too!

Plus, I’ve got a few great tips to help you start off the school year organized and prepared! (Who doesn’t need those?!)

Ready to get started with the ideas? Let’s go!

 

6 Awesome Ways to Start the School Year Off Right

1) Host a special dinner and family game night the evening before school starts.

We celebrate the school year with a special dinner (ours is always “make-your-own-pizza night”) and play a few family games!

We also have a fun breakfast the first day of school (kind of like the pancake smily faces in the picture above!).

2) Have the kids complete a fun annual “back to school questionnaire.”

What’s your child’s favorite toy? What does he love to do right now? What is his favorite summer memory?  Help you child write these down and you can treasure them for years to come. These are priceless, wonderful little treasures to store with other precious school artwork and papers.

800-x-800-Main-My-Memory-Box-Product-ImageP.S. You do have a plan to store all those upcoming school papers your child will bring home, right?! You’ve got to check out my foolproof kids school paper organizing system here! Seriously–this will be your sanity when all those papers start piling in again!

 

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3) Take a first-day-of-school picture with some sort of prop that tells their grade.

Some moms create a special board or print a fun paper that tells each child’s grade. The child then holds the sign in the picture, thus marking that child’s first day of school in that grade.

I love that idea… but this too-busy mama takes the non-fancy, low-tech approach. I hand each child a small whiteboard and tell them to write their name and grade on the whiteboard (in a fancy design) using dry-erase pens. My only request is that they make their name and grade legible for the picture.

These pictures are something else that we store in the My Memory Box school paper organizing system!

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Or, if you prefer to use a good-old-fashioned school picture, there’s a place on the front of each folder in the My Memory Box organizing system to include a photo and a few fun facts about your child for that year (even a place for him to write his signature)!

P.S. I create one My Memory Box for each child and then we have a place to store all their special school photos and memorabilia for every year of school!

 

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I love how once you set up the My Memory Box system, you’re good to go from now through high school! Because, let’s face it–you’re a busy mom and you don’t need more to do each year around back to school time, right?!

4) Pray the night before school starts.

This is crucial! Back to school is like the beginning of brand new journey for our family, and my husband and I do our best to lift our concerns about that journey (behavioral issues, curriculum concerns, etc) before we start!

Prayer doesn’t have to be super complicated or scary. Think of prayer as conversation with God, so simply share what’s on your heart (here are some tips for moms on prayer).

5) Host a simple celebration at the end of the first week (no matter how rough it was!)

At the end of our first official week of school, I plan something super fun for us to do that following weekend.

Whether that’s going for a hike, riding bikes together, or simply making a fun dessert as a family, I try to find something that focuses on building relationships.

 6) Plan a date night.

Perhaps planning a date night sound like a strange back to school tradition?

My husband and I do our best to get out alone sometime that week because, let’s face it–back to school takes weeks (or months, if you’re homeschooling!) of planning! We believe it’s important to get out and have a great time together to celebrate the culmination of all that planning

7) Enjoy some back-to-school themed books.

8) Set up systems to keep you organized through the school year.

Organization is key to staying sane as a mom, right?! I am a firm believer in systems like once a month grocery shopping and meal planning.

But honestly, having a plan to manage the school-related activities (and all that paper clutter) is critical !

That’s why I can’t say enough good things about the My Memory Box kids school paper organizing system.

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I mean for $9.99, you get:

  • a convenient, organized system for all school papers from the toddler to high school years
  • no more lost papers
  • the ability to organize school papers as you go throughout the year
  • no more piles of papers without a home
  • personalized way to chronicle your child’s school experience
  • easy way to store awards and other memorabilia

 

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Talk about back to school sanity insurance!

That’s a whole lot of organization for super cheap!

Imagine how much more ready you’ll feel to tackle the school year when you have a system like My Memory Box in place!

 

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Other Helpful Resources for an Organized School Year:

Homeschool Sanity Savers: Monthly Meal Planning and Monthly Shopping Tips

Homeschool Sanity Savers: Household Cleaning Routines that Work for Your Family

And, lastly, of course, make sure you grab your My Memory Box kids school paper organizing system!

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Happy back to school everyone!

About Alicia Michelle

As a wife and mom to four passionate kids, Alicia Michelle loves encouraging other moms with practical tips for joy-filled living in everyday life, especially in parenting, marriage, faith and health.Alicia is the owner/editor of Your Vibrant Family; the author of Plan to Be Flexible, The Back to School Survival Manual; and the creator/producer of the "7 Days to a Less Angry Mom Online Video Course,", Christ-Centered Christmas Resources and My Memory Box Organizing System. In addition, she is a monthly contributor for several popular family blogs, including Crosswalk.com.Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Leave a Reply 13 comments

Sara @ Embracing Destiny - August 17, 2015 Reply

Fun post! Thanks for sharing my link in your list. 🙂

    Alicia Michelle - August 17, 2015 Reply

    Sure thing, Sara! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Eva @ Kidminds - August 20, 2015 Reply

I love traditions! So far our Back to School tradition has been hosting a Not-back-to-school party for homeschooling co-op! You have great suggestions to add to our repertoire. I especially appreciate links to other homeschooling blogs. I don’t know that many!!!

    Alicia Michelle - August 20, 2015 Reply

    Hi Eva! I love the idea of hosting a “not-back-to-school” party! Fun! I’m glad that you got some new ideas from the post, and a few new blogs to check out! Thanks again for visiting and best wishes on a great start to a new school year! 🙂

Sarena @ Teal Inspiration - September 11, 2015 Reply

Great list and roundup! Thanks for linking up with us at the #HomeMattersParty!

    Alicia Michelle - September 12, 2015 Reply

    Thank you Sarena! 🙂

Danneil - August 10, 2016 Reply

Hi Alicia,
I was interested in signing up for the “Bloom”, only problem is, your registration is closed and the place to put my email address is not set up. I would like a reminder when you offer it again. Thanks, Danneil.

Kendall - August 21, 2016 Reply

Although we don’t school just yet, these are neat ideas in general to help document the years of our children’s lives! 🙂

Sherry Nappa - August 21, 2016 Reply

Great post. You have great ideas. I’m going to pin and save for later, but I definitely want to try some of them. I love the memory box idea. We have papers scattered all over the house (and car). Thanks so much for sharing your ideas with us at Funtastic Friday.

Audrey - August 22, 2016 Reply

Lots of clever ideas. I should set up a box like that for my son’s school school work. Right now I have it shoved in a box in a closet all jumbled together. Thanks for sharing on #FridayFrivolity

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