We had a T-E-R-R-I-F-I-C start to our new school year, and I had so many things to show that I decided to break them into at least two posts. This one will be mainly about the fun first two or three days so sit back with your mug of coffee/tea and enjoy! :)
The kids woke up the first day of our homeschool to a decorated dining room - this year I went with an owl theme. I could not find any colorful small owl cut outs that I liked, but I did find a border with a bunch of cute owls on it so I bought that instead and cut the owls out. I then glued them to a "tree" I had cut from some brown paper, glued the entire thing to a skewer and stuck it in the middle of a stack of pancakes. (Note the sign and the stack of sausages in the background as well).
For the backdrop, I used a vinyl tablecloth and blue napkins which I wrote on with a Sharpie. And see - more of those little owls sitting on the "o's". :)
I made owl placemats to go along with the smaller owls and to add a punch of color to the table.
I found some super cute owl toppers and bought each kiddo a pencil and a grip to match.
Following breakfast it was time to take a look at the new school supplies - but... UH OH! They were snitched by the homeschool elf!!!
However, one thing the homeschool elf likes even more than new school supplies is a good hunt. Soooo, he risked losing the supplies in order to send the wee ones (actually more like the wee one since our tot wasn't that interested) looking for them via clues he had left around the house.
The homeschool elf was no match for Miss A, and she found the missing supplies (and the elf sitting with them). Hooo-ray! ;)
I always think it adds to the excitement and fun on the first day when the supplies are wrapped up so the kids have something to open. This time I used paper bags, yarn, white paper (spots on it were made with marker) and more of the owl border (because there were so many in the package) for packaging things up.
Then it was time to dress in new first day of school clothes (yes, even though we homeschool, I still like to buy something new for the kids that first day) and take our first day pictures...
I love this picture. So much for trying to get a good shot of his shoes. ;)
Aren't these cards absolutely adorable?! Those owls are actually little bookmarks! I inserted one in a book so you could see how cute they are with the little eyes sticking up. AND they are a FREE printable! Get yours here!
These cards were supposed to be on the breakfast table the first day, but I forgot about them in all of the excitement of the morning and realized it later on so they received these days later. But better late than never, right? :)
In addition to starting some of our main subjects, we started some of our activities from the "Back to Homeschool/School" activity pack I made for Miss A (I do have this available in my TPT store here on SALE this month for $1.50!).
She must have had apples on her mind because she drew herself eating apples in her first day portrait. And I loved her goals for mid year - she wants to be able to read a book and eat an apple at the same time. I got such a kick out of that. That prompted a kind of a mini lesson in what I meant by goals. But definitely a keeper to pull out in later years for a good chuckle.
We finished off the first few days of school with some yummy cupcakes for our dessert night. The toppers are more of those owls I cut out from the border and glued to toothpicks. :)
So how did you (or do you plan to) celebrate your first exciting day of school? I have a linky party going on in this post right now through the end of August for people to link up their back to school posts, ideas, homeschool rooms, school organization tips, etc. in hopes of gathering a good collection for other mommies and teachers to use for a resource or inspiration. I'd love to have you join us if you have something fun to share which would be a good fit for the collection! :)