Five Ways to Make Back To School Fun & Memorable

Quinn will be starting preschool this fall. It is absolutely impossible for me to comprehend where the time has gone. He will only be going two days a week. With me being a stay-at-home-mom and him having a little sister at home I want him to connect with, this seemed like the best choice for our family. Even though it is only two days, make no mistake, it is crucial.

As a teacher, I know how important attitude, both of the child and the parent, is to a child’s learning and self-esteem. I want to do everything in my power to make sure my children have positive associations with school. I want them to see learning as something to celebrate and to look forward to.

As a parent, I also want to capture everything my child is today. If there is anything I have learned being a parent, it is time flies quickly and all the things you think you will never forget, you forget.

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One of the coolest things about starting your own family is you get to create your own traditions.

Without further ado, here are the five ways we are going to be making school fun and memorable.

  • Questionnaire– Ross and I created two printables. One is about getting to know your child. Take some time at the end of the summer to ask them a few questions (or if they are older, have them fill it out by themselves). We plan on doing this every year and I think it will be fun to see how the answers change. The other questionnaire is for after the first day of school. This is a great way to find out about their day.
  • School Supply Shopping– We are doing this one up big. Making it feel special. We will go out to lunch and pick out our supplies and bond over the start of the school year.
  • Breakfast– Okay, we are going to feed our child breakfast every day, not just the first day. But the first day, we are going to make it a big deal. A special breakfast, with the whole family. It just might include a stack of pancakes with a candle, I don’t know. When we get there, I will let you know.
  • Photos– This one is an oldie, but goodie. Take a picture of your kid on their first day of school. I’m thinking we will have a little sign for Quinn to hold that says, “First Day of Pre-K”.
  • After School Celebration– They made it! The first day is done, the school year has begun. I want to have a “first day after school tradition”. Right now I am thinking an ice cream date is in order.

So there you have it. Those are the five ways we are going to make the school year fun and memorable.

I thought I would share with you Quinn’s Back to School Interview.

What is your favorite memory from this summer? When Ian slept over. (more on that here)

What are you looking forward to this school year? I am looking forward to playing with the toys. Umm…I like being home with you.

What do you want to be when you grow up? A Pokemon trainer. So I can train them to battle.

What are you most proud of? When I ride my bike by myself.

What is your favorite color? The color of Pikachu. Yellow.

What is your favorite thing to do? Play. I like to play gymnastics by myself, with no one helping me. I like to play on my Leap Frog. Write that down too.

What is your favorite book?  The Gorilla Grodd Book. (DC Superhero Friends: Going Bananas)

What is your favorite T.V. show?Rescue Bots and Jake and the Neverland Pirates

What are you good at? I am good at running.

What do you need to work on? I like working on robots. (I interject with, “Is there something you need to get better at”) I need to get better at driving that truck….I just did (Points outside, referring to his Power Wheel).

What makes you happy? Hugs. I like when I play football in the backyard with my dad.

I just wrote down his words as he said them. I love it. I am so glad I did it and you all should sit down and ask your kids too. Their answers just might surprise you. What are your back to school traditions? Are you new to this too? What traditions will you be starting?

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  • Heidi Milton

    So cute, Megan! I might adapt this for my class on their first day and save it for their scrapbooks at the end of the year! We love to write down EXACTLY what they say (we do that for Donuts for Dad and Muffins for Mom questionnaires!) — priceless what comes out of their little minds and mouths! :)
    TGIF and hang in there, Mom.
    xo Heidi

  • Rose

    Take a picture the last day of school too, then you can compare how they changed from the first day to the last day :)

  • Erin @ DIY On the Cheap

    Such a cute idea! My little guy is starting preschool this year too. (In just a couple of weeks!) Time flies by way too fast.

    • Megan Bray

      Our kiddos are the same grade!

  • Jenn Erickson

    What a wonderful way to start out the school year! I’m sharing your printable on my Facebook page, pinning, stumbling and +1 too. Love Quinn’s answer about what he wants to be when he grows up — My daughter is 11 and is still a huge Pokemon fan. Just yesterday she said that she wished we lived in a “Pokemon World”.

    • Megan Bray

      Aww! That is do cute! I love that she is 11 and still full of imagination. I will be sad the day that is gone :(. Thanks for all the love too!

  • Amy

    This is really wonderful. I love the questions, I started doing the one you see on pinterest all the time, the first day of school pic with their fav colour, song tv show what not. But I like the additional questions you have and the first day of school questions too! My baby starts Kinder next week and I’m struggling with it. :) Found you from Rook No 17’s fb post.

    • Megan Bray

      Kids growing up is a tricky thing. You are excited for them and happy for them and scared to death for them and sad all at the same time. Ahh…the joys of parenting.

      P.S. Make sure you check out the camera giveaway on the sidebar.

  • Witney Arch

    Very cute! I tried to print it by clicking on the big orange box but I got a “page cannot be found error.” I’m using Internet Explorer. Can you help??

    • Megan Bray

      Didn’t work for me either. Went back in and fixed it. Should be good now. Good luck!
      Megan Bray
      Balancing Home

  • Melissa

    I was able to get the ‘getting to know you’ printable but not the first day one – am I not seeing a second link somewhere? Thanks!

    • Megan Bray

      Sorry Melissa. We had to fix that link before and we must have goofed. There are 2 separate links now. Best of luck.
      Megan Bray
      Balancing Home