We are gearing up to start back to school next week around our house. So, I figured what better time than now to share some of our tried and true back to school activities for your home school?
I love the beginning of a new school year.
It’s a time of new beginnings and is full of excitement. It is when my kids are really engaged and eager to learn new things.
Ah, if only that enthusiasm would last.
I try to make start up a good thing, ya know? A time my kids can really look forward to.
We usually begin each day with something different and I try to make it enjoyable for everyone.
Today, I am sharing with you some activities you can implement into your first week back to school to make it one to remember.
Back to School Activities for Your Home School
This one is easy.
Select a favorite breakfast for each of your kids and make it happen the first day.
Buy fun plates and cups along with some other decorations.
Set-up the dining room table like you’re having a party.
While you’re enjoying breakfast, you can casually discuss what they can expect this school year and find out what they are most looking forward to learning about.
Goal Setting Mad Libs
These are so fun, I love mad libs and have since I was a kid!
I decided that goal setting can be pretty boring for my kids, but it’s something I want them to do.
It gives them a way to track their progress while keeping their objectives fresh in their minds.
Goal setting gives them purpose.
Now that being said, I figured we could have a little fun with goal setting before we actually get down to it.
So I created this fun Goal Setting Mad Lib for us to complete.
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Oh, I also threw in an actual goal setting sheet for them to fill out after the silly one.
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Create a Vision Board
A vision board is a visual representation of one’s goals and dreams.
It is said to trick one’s mind into believing these things will be achieved even if your logical mind thinks otherwise.
Does it work?
Some people swear by them, so perhaps they do.
My daughter made one this year and so far has reached six of the ten goals she set for herself which is pretty good, I think.
So how do you make one?
It’s actually a fairly straightforward concept.
You create visuals of all your goals by using pictures and a few words displayed on a poster board. Hanging up in a conspicuous place that you see every day, is said to help you meet these goals.
Wanna give it a try? Here is a list of materials you need to create a vision board today.
- large poster board
- glue or tape
- a list of 10-15 goals you want to achieve
- images that represent these goals
For layout ideas and samples just google vision boards.
There are tons of ideas out there to help you get your creative juices flowing.
Make a Time Capsule
A time capsule is a box or any container, where you place items or notes for someone to find or open at a set date sometime in the future.
This is a fun activity that you can look forward to opening at the end of the school year.
Of course, you can add anything you like to your time capsule, but here are a few ideas to get you started.
- a copy of your student goal sheets
- the first day of school photo
- the list of my favorite things
- a list of my favorite songs right now
- an all about me page
- a sample of student’s writing to see how it improves over the course of the year
- when I grow up I wanna page
Your kids will love this activity and the promise of reviewing it at the end of the school year.
Display the box somewhere in your classroom for added anticipation.
Escape rooms are popping up everywhere.
A group of friends working together to solve puzzles and ultimately find a way out of the room in which they are trapped.
They are so much fun!
Why not bring some of the fun to your home school?
This has become the first week of school tradition for us.
Escape rooms are all the rage right now and a good way to get your kids working together to solve a common goal.
I purchase a new one each year from Teachers pay Teachers because honestly, they are a lot of work to create, and I just don’t have the time. Plus, they have great resources.
Here are some fantastic ones I recommend:
Finding Out Your Learning Styles
I saved this one for last because really it’s something you can only do once, but is a fantastic tool for you to have.
Everyone learns differently.
Some people are visual learners(this is me), some are auditory, while others are tactile learners.
So what does all that mean?
- Visual learners learn by seeing or reading
- Auditory learners learn by hearing or listening
- Tactile learners learn by doing things physically
Knowing which type of learners your kids are can help you be a better teacher for them.
If your child has been struggling with a concept, perhaps it’s because they need to be taught a different way.
I found this website that offers a simple quiz to find out your learning style.
Have your kids head over there, take the quiz, you’ll be glad you did.
Hopefully, in this post, you have found an activity you can’t wait to try for yourself.
Give some of these Back to School Activities for Your Home School a try, then drop a comment below to let me know how it went.
I hope you have the best first week of school ever!
Until Next Time…
Looking for more tools for your school?
Check out these Tips to Simplify Your Home School Planning where I share with you some ways I have learned to take some of the stress out of planning my school year.