First Day of School Traditions can set the tone for the rest of the year. We always take a picture the first day, each boy individually, and then together, in front the same tree.
Last year we added a First Day Scavenger Hunt. I hid clues around the house, with a prize at the end. It only took 5 to 10 minutes, but was a huge hit. We had to learn teamwork, making sure to take turns with who got to read the clue. If you have older kids, you can make it challenging by hiding in harder spots in the room (like in the pillowcase of the bed instead of on top the pillow).
If you know your child's love language, the hunt is also a way to fill their love tanks; one of my boys is gifts and loved receiving the prizes. The other boy is quality time, so he enjoyed the hunt done as a family. I also made a prize a game we can play together this year, to extend on the quality time. If you child is words of affirmation, maybe add encouraging words to your clues (I like you because), or act of service for the prize (no chores for a week)
Prizes can be anything you want, ranging from small piece of candy to clothes or school supplies. Last year's prize were Star Wars wrist watches I had bought at an after Christmas Clearance Sale, which had a double meaning of setting the tone of increasing responsibility for the year. This year's prize is going to be new chapter books and the spelling game Appletters .
As a homeschooler, we did only one or two subjects after the hunt, very gently introducing the curriculum & theme for the year.
- CLUE #1 Give to the child
- CLUE #2 Hide in a bathroom
- CLUE #3 Hide on any bed in the house
- CLUE #4 Hide with your broom
- CLUE #5-Can be hidden in fridge, or in your garden
- CLUE #6 Hide in game chest or shelf where you store board games
- Prize- Hide by your family computer
The dentist says you’re good with a tooth brush,
now go to the room where you give the toilet a flush
Personal hygiene is good to keep, now go to a room where I can sleep
You like to play toys in your room, now go to the place we store the broom
Now you’re in a cleaning mood, go the place we get healthy food
Eating food is quite nice, now go to the place we store dice.
Games are really a lot of fun, but in the computer room the hunt is done.