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I like to ease back into a new school year with some fun homeschool lessons for the first week of school. We might fill out a poetry form, do a science experiment, or practice grammar with wacky Mad Libs.
My kids also wake up to a back-to-school breakfast on their first day, with fun surprises on the table. It helps my kids look forward to a new school year when they are not so excited to give up their lazy summer days.
A few of the activities we’ve done over the years:
Do some Back to School Mad Libs – I go around the room and assign parts to kids based on their grammar knowledge, then I read it out loud and we laugh ourselves silly
Answer some Would You Rather? questions
Write a Bio Poem about yourself
Hold an I Can’t Funeral
Fill out a This is Me! inventory
All About Me Bag – hand out brown lunch bags and give everyone 5 minutes to fill it with items that represent them
Sticks & Stones– We each got a body outline with our name on it. We passed them around the circle, making sure to add a wrinkle or tear to each one as we passed it. They were a wrangled mess by the end. We then talked about how using our words as weapons does the same kind of damage to each other. “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29
Create a visual for remembering the Days of Creation
Get an interesting conversation going with Apple Observations
Do a Handwriting Analysis
Explore scientist stereotypes with Draw a Scientist
Solve Mysteries with False Assumptions
Think like a scientist with the Dogs & Turnips activity
We haven’t tried these, but they are on my list:
ABCs of Me Booklet scroll down
How do you kick off your new school year?