Monday, August 17, 2015

Another (Home) School Year Begins with Traditions: 2015-2016

Last week, on Aug. 10, we started our 2015-2016 homeschool year.  We are slowly getting into a routine and gradually implementing the curriculum that I prayerfully and patiently chose for this year.

We started our first day last week with some of the simple and easy new school year traditions we have been doing for several years now.  I really didn't even think my kids appreciated the traditions or took note of them until of few of them asked, "Hey Mom, we're having our cross cake right?" and "We are drawing what we did over the summer on those paper t-shirts right?" So I'm thankful they remember some of our simple, fun ways to ring in the new school year and I'm thankful the traditions are easy enough to prepare since it's the last thing I get ready before the school year starts.

My kids love to bake and decorate our traditional cross cake.  We've been doing this for several years now.  Since our homeschool is named Sacred Heart Academy, we usually decorate the cake with Jesus' Sacred Heart and a "few" sprinkles.

Our youngest one was hollering about wanting to get down or wanting to eat the cake,  I think.  She's not in pain, I promise. :) 

In the morning on the first day, I have the kids draw on their "We've had a Tee-rific Summer" paper t-shirts.  I got the pattern from a teacher resource book, but HERE is a link to a similar t-shirt pattern you can use if you would like.  As they use their creativity and draw pictures and write words about their summer fun, it's always interesting to hear some of the memories they have had over the summer.

I have the t-shirts hanging on a "clothesline" in our hallway to our homeschool room and each year as they hang their current creation up, they look back at their previous drawings that we still have hanging up behind the newer ones.  They giggle at how their artistic talent has changed and improved over the years.  :)

Around this time each summer, we also measure how much everyone has grown since last year.  Wowzer!  They each have grown so much, no wonder they are always hungry! :)  Our son grew about 3 inches, at least!  They like to compare their heights with each passing year.

Another tradition that we do (even the older kids) is write on and color the All About Me sheets.
It's neat to see how their interests have stayed the same or have changed from last year.  I then taped these sheets on their spiral bound notebooks that I am using this year for lesson planning.  More on my new lesson planning routine and our daily schedule in a post later this week...

We also take photos with our grade signs. Last year I stumbled upon 13 Free Printable First Day of School Signs that I have been using.  I don't think I have taken first day of school photos every year since I started homeschooling in 2005, but when I remember to do so, I think it's a great way to start the year.   

What are some of your new school year traditions, whether you homeschool or not?  I'd love to hear about them in the comments!  

I hope everyone has a terrific school year! 



Billie Jo said...

Love it all!!!!
I love everything you do to make the beginning of your new school year special for your children.
Have a happy, healthy, blessed school year. : )

Anonymous said...

Aww. I love that.
See with just one at home, I really need to make it more fun.

Chris said...

Fantastic!! Love the first day signs AND mostly all your trad!!
Your kids a re so blessed to have you, my friend!!

With "ONLY" one home ( boohoo!!) I'll still try to make each day fun, while sticking to the curriculum! I'll try....then next year, I'll have to live vicariously thru your HSing fun since he'll be in school!

Thanks for sharing, Tra!! The Sacred heart cake, too? Love it!!

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