Tuesday, August 13, 2013

First Day of School Memories

Every single year, on the first day of school my Mom would make my sister and I stand next to our front door. Backpack on our shoulders and our hand on the doorknob ready. Every year, even when I started community college. As embarrassing at it was at the time I am so glad she did it. In those photos ranging from 1985-2000 you see me grow up and the styles change. She even managed to capture my excitement and nervousness with every new year.

I have carried on this tradition with my kids. 

Left: Pre-School and Right: 2nd grade

Back to school pictures do not have to be as traditional as standing by the front door. Here are a few tips for making those back to school memories a little more special 
  • Use a small chalkboard to write what grade your child is starting. 
  • A picture of your child's smiling face is great but you can also capture some great memories by getting pictures of the little details. Maybe a close-up of those brand new sneakers or their really cool backpack. 
  • If you are a parent that walks your child into class on the first day (I totally am!) have your child take a photo with their new teacher. 
  • Siblings, especially younger ones, can sometimes have big reactions to the first day of school. Some younger kids may cry or be just as excited. Getting a picture of all your kids is a good idea!
  • I like to take a photo of my daughter sitting at her desk. This is usually when the excitement of the new year kicks in and it usually shows on her face. 
  • Use your favorite photo editing and add a little personal information about your child's current likes.


And of course there is this internet famous first day of school photo.....



I think a lot of us can relate! 

So tell us what are some of your first day of school traditions? 
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11 comments:

  1. We homeschool year round but tried public school for 2 years. For the first day of school we took pictures on the front porch with their backpacks on.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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    1. The front porch is always a nice backdrop for photos!

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  2. I painted an old cookie sheet with chalkboard paint and on it we wrote "1st day of Pre-K", what she wanted to be when she grows up and she wrote her name herself. I take a picture of her holding it so each year, we'll see her changing vocation and her improved writing skills. Then I also take a pic of her getting ready (brushing her teeth for example) and the obligatory pic of her with her backpack by the door. Finally, I attach these pics to a page with her answers to an interview I plan on doing every year to see how her answers change to the same questions :-)

    Monica Escobedo

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    1. Love that idea of having her write her name herself and the interview questions!!! What is your email Monica so we can enter you to win a $25.00 target card??

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    2. Mzmonie007@yahoo.com

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  3. We take first day of school photos in front of the school, one by themselves and one with siblings (and sometimes Dad if he sneaks in!). I love to see the younger siblings getting bigger in each picture too!

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    1. In front of the school is a great idea too!

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  4. Love that last picture! We always take a photo of my son at the front door on the 1st day of school, then again on the last day. It's fun to compare & see how much he's grown. This year we'll be making his favorite dinner the night before school starts and discussing what he wants to accomplish this year both academic & fun!

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    1. I love that favorite dinner tradition! What is your email address so we can enter you to win a $25 gift card?

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  5. Love the pictures! I also took pictures of my kids on their first day of school. Even though it was "NOOOO Mom", "Hurry up Mom" as they got older. They knew we weren't going anywhere until that picture was taken lol! Now they see those pictures and laugh and poke fun at each other on their looks, style of clothes, hair, shoes. It sure brings back so many great memories! -Nina Ruth

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    1. Cari and I were the same way. I love looking at Cari's first 3 or 4 year pictures. She is crying in all of them!

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