First day of school notes
For many of you, the 2008-2009 school year begins any day. Some start right after Labor Day, some right before.
I remember when my kids were small, I used to write little notes to each child on colored paper about what we would get to do that year. I’d feature the strengths they had, their achievements from the previous year and then look forward to what they would learn and achieve during the coming year. I often put stickers or wrote in colored pens. I’d sit these on their plates at breakfast (the one day a year I bothered to set the table at breakfast). That’s how we’d begin “school” – that official start date.
As the kids got older, I stopped being as deliberate about a “first day.” I would sort of feather routines into our lives as August came along. We’d perhaps have a teatime on some Tuesday and then we’d start going to our co-op and then the math book would arrive from UPS and we’d add math and over the course of a couple of weeks, we’d get into a groove again. It seemed so abrupt to go from slides and summer to a “day of school.”
This has been the style of re-entry we’ve adopted as our routine. But I found out something from the older kids recently. They loved those little notes. And the older three have saved them. They were comparing them last year as Johannah cleaned out her room to go off to college. My younger kids asked, “Why don’t we get school notes?”
So this year, the day after Labor Day, we will be “starting” the routines of what our school life looks like. And I plan to kick things off with tea, muffins and notes. I bought some colored pens yesterday and I’m already thinking about what I’ll write to my 14 and nearly 12 year old.
How do you kick off your year? Any traditions? Special memories to share? Let’s make this year the year of affirmation: noticing how truly amazing our kids are and telling them so in as many ways as we can.