Our Untraditional First Day of School
We like traditions at our house. A lot! and the first official day of the new school year is by no means a minor occasion. However, this year, God completely re-made our first day, and it was ok. Here is how it happened.
Start on Monday
We usually start on a Monday. Everyone is fresh, excitement has been building over the weekend, etc. Not this time. This time the kids woke up early, excited and ready to go, and I woke up horribly sick and didn't even have the strength to get out of bed for most of the day. Amazing how pregnancy and one little unsuspecting food you eat can throw you for such a loop! Flower and Sir were greatly disappointed, but I assured them we'd start Tuesday, even if I had to teach from my bed!
We usually have a special “first day breakfast”. Cinnamon rolls, or special fruit muffins at least. Not this time. I was lucky to even be up and dressed come Tuesday morning (see #1). We had fruit and cereal instead. Maybe we'll make cinnamon rolls later in the week.
First Day Photos
This is one of our biggest traditions. We ALWAYS take a first day photo complete with name and age sign etc. Not this time. I couldn't even find the camera on Monday, and by the time I found it on Tuesday (still in a bag that hadn't been unpacked from our homeschool family vacation last week) the battery was dead. Oh, well, we'll do it tomorrow, or next week.
New School Supplies and Books
We usually get new books on the first day of school. Not this time. This year we are transitioning to a sort of year round schooling schedule and so the kids are still in the middle of several of their books. It was so hard for one of mine in particular to open the same books she'd been using the last semester while her brother opened a new one.
And we usually get several new school supplies on the first day. We did get colored pencils, crayons, erasers, notebooks. And I remembered the rulers this year, but forgot the scissors, the modeling clay, and the special spiral notebook – and my daughter cried. Must go shopping tomorrow.
Fun, Light Workload
We usually open our wonderful new school supplies and books and put them away, which we did today with joy – except for the forgotten articles. Then we'll look through our books and do a few things, which we did today with exuberance – except for the child with last year's book. We did have a lively Bible discussion as we went through the first lesson in our study of the Names of God (affiliate link). Did you know there are over 700 names and titles for God mentioned in the Bible!? And we opened some new puzzles and had fun working together to complete them.
I Learned that Breaking Tradition is OK
So, all in all, it was a very un-traditional first day of school for us. I worried about that at first. Later I overheard one of my children remark excitedly “Yeah! We get to get up early tomorrow and do school again!” I realized that even without the traditions, it had been a good first day. Why?
- We ate together
- We laughed together
- We cried together
- We worked together
- We helped each other
- We talked about our awesome God together
- We did get some school work done
- and they are excited about doing it again tomorrow!
Togetherness is a great blessing! I am so thankful for my children, and for the privilege and freedom I have to educate them in my own home and in the ways of the Lord.
How did your first day go? Do you have any special first day of school traditions you'd like to share with the rest of us? I'd love to hear them!