Three years ago I started the tradition of having a special Back to School Breakfast on the first day of school and it’s funny to hear how much it means to my kids. Last night while we were getting ready for bed my oldest asked me if we were having a special 1st day of school breakfast just like we did last year. I love that she remembers it and that she associates the 1st day of school with a simple tradition that turns an ordinary event into an extraordinary memory.
Of course, I couldn’t start the new school year without a little celebration! I gathered up some school supplies and decorations from our previous Back to School party and set the table after the kiddos went to bed for a fun morning surprise. I used old cafeteria lunch trays I’d picked up and the flea market to serve a simple breakfast with blueberry muffins, mini pancakes, fruit and Greek yogurt.
Each year I like to give the kids a fun little gift to celebrate the start of the new school year. This year I gave them little apple shaped notebooks, new crayons, bookmarks and little jars with apple flavored jelly beans.
I love that my kids are excited about heading back to school. I hope that this year will be full of new adventures that will help them build character. I hope that they will continue to get excited about learning and the passion and excitement they feel today at our Back to School Breakfast will continue throughout the year!
Do you and your family have any favorite Back to School traditions?