Back to School is a big deal in our house. We have several Back to School Traditions I started years ago. I am going to share some fun ideas with you, so you can start your own traditions with your family.
Back to School Shopping Trip
The first thing we do every year is a back to School shopping trip. We go to the mall and each one of my kids pick out an outfit to wear on the first day of school. Both my girls have similar taste in clothes. My girls love Gymboree and I love it because I can dress my kids from head-to-toe. From clothes, shoes to matching accessories. It makes back to school shopping a breeze. Not to mentions Gymboree is giving you a chance to Win a Gift Card. More details below.
My girls had a blast looking at Gymboree’s Back to School Line. I call Natalie my little sassy pants. She was super excited to find these Sparkle Sneakers. They totally fit her personality!
Claire is a fan of sparkle shoes too.
Both girls were so excited to pick out their very own outfits. Claire went with the Striped Star Dress, Denim Jacket and Sparkle Sneakers.
Allowing kids to pick out their own outfit gives them a sense of independence. Natalie had the most fun picking out her outfit. This outfit totally fits her personality. Spunky, fun and full of life.
Gymboree has partnered with Brit + Co, millennial favorite and creative curator of all things cool, to inspire back-to-school shopping. On August 17, Brit + Co and Gymboree will co-host events at stores around the country, featuring back-to-school DIY hacks fun for the whole family. Visit gymboree.com/RSVP to sign up and enjoy a special shopping offer during the event.
Now it’s time for the Photo Shoot. Who doesn’t love to dress up in their new clothes and take pictures? I love doing photo shoots with the girls so they can really let their personalities shine.
I’m pretty sure my kids are excited to start back to school. Can’t you tell from their pictures?
Back to School Breakfast
I have been doing this tradition since my first child stared Kindergarten. It is something my kids talk about every year. They look forward to it. I try to get them excited for the first day of school, because I know how important School is.
I let each kids decide what they want for breakfast on the first day of School. In the past I have made homemade donuts, homemade pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and bacon. I set up a fun table and make the morning about them.
You can find some of my Free Printables I used create this look here. I also have Free Printbales for Picture Day on the First Day of School you can find here.
Gymboree Gift Card Giveaway
Gymboree wants to give You, (one of my readers) a $50 Gymboree Gift Card. To enter just comment below telling me one thing you are excited about School starting.
Winner will be chosen at random and notified via email and have 48 hours to respond before new winner is chosen. Contest ends Friday August 19th, at 5 p.m. CST. Good Luck.
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Cynthia Sanders says
That means Fall is right around the corner, love the cool weather!
I’m excited about my kids making new friends.
Ashley Grein says
I’m looking forward to seeing my wonderful first graders again!!
Amanda B says
I’m excited to see how many wonderful things my daughter will learn! She is so into science, math, reading & art, so it will be interesting to see what her eyes are opened to this year 🙂
I used to teach first grade before staying home with our son. I’m excited for school to start so I can get back in the classroom and do some subbing at my old school!
Melissa Hollister says
It means we only have 9 more months till summer!
Watching my daughter play soccer, me time during the day to catch up on things that have neglected all summer, and being back on a schedule
I am going to miss my grand daughter being home all day but am happy she is so excited for school to start. Excited for her to wear all her new shoes and clothes. 2nd grade is going to be so great for her and meeting all her new friends and having them over for play dates. Love love Gymboree.
Kristen Montague says
Excited for new beginnings! Preschool for my oldest!
Rachel Zimmerman says
Everything fall is coming up!
Alisa Schieffer says
I’m excited for routine and schedules again! Plus I love volunteering and planning school parties!
Lisa Cunningham says
I’m excited for start to start again and see the smiles on my children’s faces when I pick them up and hear all about their teachers and new classmates!!
Kristy Earhart says
My kids have always been homeschooled. So this will be their first year going to public school. I am excited to hear all the stories they will have. Each boy is excited and nervous about different things. I can’t wait to hear how they like it and how it all goes. My oldest went to school last year for the last quarter to get used to school before high school. He was most surprised by having to raise your hand every time to talk. Excited for new adventures!
Marcia Wimberley says
Back to school shopping!
Ashley Bales says
Back to school means more room on the beach during Fall vacation! 😉
Tee Anderson says
Back to school means my kids can see ALL of their friends again!
Danielle clark says
Excited for our routine to get normal again. My son loves school. He can’t wait to show off his new shoes lol also means that fall is coming. Pumpkin spice is my favorite scent ever!!
It means time to meet my new students! I’m looking forward to another great year!
Michelle Bernard says
I am excited to watch my daughter learn more new things & see her friends. It also means cool weather is right around the corner!
Barb H says
Excited for new adventures! My youngest will be in kindergarten this year and I start a new job at the school.
My children are all grown and my grandson is only 2 so I don’t have anyone starting school but I could use the gift card on my adorable grandson! Have to share the tradition we had when our boys were growing up — on the first day of school they got to pick a restaurant where we would go for dinner that evening. Back then eating out was a big deal and it was a great time to talk about their first day of school. Miss those days!
Your girls are precious! Oh how I miss those days.
To be honest, I’m not really looking forward to school starting! We’ve had such a fun summer and I think I may have a really hard time with my son going back. However, I do LOVE fall so I’m looking forward to enjoying everything about the season!
Katie Jo Soukup says
i am most excited about the new friends my kiddos will be making and weekly fellowship with my women’s bible study on Thursday mornings. New beginnings for all of us and so many untouched hearts God is ready to put right in our path.
Elizabeth D. says
We have very similar traditions at our house! We’ve got hair cuts & dentist appointments this week. We’ll be going back to school shopping next week for clothes. I’m really looking forward to getting back into our routine.
Lyn M says
I am looking forward to seeing my daughter make new friends and it means it is closer to fall and everything Pumpkin 🙂
Susan D. says
So cute! Looking forward to my kids learning new things 🙂
Jennifer Nix says
I’m excited that Pumpkin everything is just around the corner!
I love listening to the stories my kids tell when they walk through the door at the end of each day.
Tabathia B says
I am excited that my kids will be on a set schedule, my youngest no longer complaining of being bored and of having some free time to myself. But really happy that they get to see their friends more often
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Ashley kitchens says
Excited about my kids learning new things. And i love listening to them tell me stories before bed about their day.
Jennifer Casey says
Your girls look totally adorable!! So excited for school cause it means fall will be here soon! And Fall is the best time of the year!!
Katie Harris says
We’ve had a rough summer, which began the end of last school year. Our children have had a great summer, went on our annual family vacation, and to visit their family that lives out of state. With our events and changes that have. And still are occurring, their summer wasn’t “as planned” tho. AND, they’re starting a new school. We’re ready to see the new adventures and watch our children continue to grow and learn. Oh, and most importantly, have a routine back!!!!!
I am excited for my son to make new friends and hear about how his days go at school.. he is starting 1st grade and is very excited!
Jesyka Francis says
I am always excited for the kids to start back, make new friends. And of course learn new stuff daily.
Looking forward to a fresh start and getting back into a routine. My kids are excited to shop for back to school clothes and supplies.
Nicki Joseph says
Definitely back to school shopping..thank you!
Cynthia Shuford says
School starting back for me, means it is time to decorate for Fall!! I love it!