Getting ready for a new school year is very exciting for homeschool families. Make the new school year even more special with these free back to school printables.
The first day of school is a favorite time for homeschoolers. There are many new things to learn, new books and curriculum, and a better routine to look forward to. We love not back to school day!
How do you make back to school special?
I like to make our first day back to school a memorable one. Since we start school on Labor Day, my husband is home from work and gets to be with us. I love including him in our fun not back to school traditions.
First, we start off with a special breakfast. This can be something simple like donuts, or it can be a big breakfast with all the fixings, a breakfast casserole or French toast. Next, we do first day of school presents. This is something even my teenagers look forward to each year! After we clean up from breakfast I lay their gifts out on the table.
I enjoy picking out special gifts for my kids in addition to basic school supplies they will need. One year everyone got homeschool t-shirts, another year they all got really nice reusable water bottles.
Finally, I have everyone take first day of school photos. Yes, even the teenagers get in on this. It is a great way to look back and see how your children have changed from year to year.
I have put together a list of different back to school printables that will help you to have a memorable first day of school.
Printable Back to School Signs
A favorite tradition for the first day of school is to print out signs for your kids to hold while you photograph them with it. There are lots of back to school signs to choose from that are perfect for a little first day of school photo opp. I like to hang a sheet and make a little photo booth for my kids.
Colorful First Day of School Signs – These printable signs are very fun and bright. They would look great in a frame for your child to hold. Printables for grades K – 12.
First Day of School Signs – This printable sign has room for you to write your child’s name, or have them write their own name and then take a photo with the sign. There are even matching question printables.
Back to School Printable Sign Cards – These first day of school signs have grades K – 12. You can print these out and laminate them to use each year for your children.
First Day of School Signs for Elementary – Colorful printable signs for grades K-5.
Back to School Photo Sign Template – This adorable sign lets you customize it specifically for your children so they can take their photo with it.
First Day of School Photo Props – The set has signs for Pre-K – 6th grade, as well as a generic “first day of school” printable sign with no grade.
Editable First Day of School Signs – I love how you can customize these for your children. These will go great with any first day of school photo shoot.
Printable Chalk Board Signs – These signs have a classic look of a chalkboard which is perfect for a school photo.
First Day of School Printables
After we take our pictures, I like to give my kids some first day of school printables to work on. These keep the day light and fun. I love the different questions and interview sheets. When the school year has ended, I always include these in their portfolios. They are so sweet to look back on.
All About Me templates are a fun way for kids to express their creativity and make a special page that is all about them.
These First Day of School Questionnaires are for preschool through 5th grade. I love the fun interview questions about their favorite things.
All About Me First Day of School Memory Keepers – These printables make a lovely keepsake and your kids will enjoy coloring their pages.
First and Final Day of School Interview Questions – Your children will sit down and answer the questions, and at the end of the year they will answer the same questions and compare the differences.
All About Me on the First Day of School – There are 14 pages for every school year, from preschool up through 12th grade.
First Day of School Interview Printables – There are blank pages with room for drawing their answers, and lined pages for older children.
Self Portrait Printable – Your child will get a chance to create his very own self portrait. This makes for an adorable keepsake.
Lego All About Me Worksheet – Lego lovers will enjoy these themed all about me printable worksheets. Available in color and black and white for your children to color in themselves.
Goal Charts for Students
A new school year is a fresh start for your children too. It is a time to reflect on things that you want to change and habits that you want your children to improve on. A wonderful way to help your children to improve on something is by teaching them how to create and track their goals.
Copywork and Goal Sheets for Academic Subjects – this 40 page resource will will help your students to express their goals, add personalization to their binders or planners, practice their handwriting, and commit key Bible verses to heart.
Goal Tracker with Scripture – This goal tracker uses a favorite motivating scripture verse, Philippians 4:13.
Printable Goal Setting Punch Cards – These cards will motivate your children to keep track of their goals with a chance to win a prize at the end of the page.
Goal Setting Doodle Coloring Pages and Notebook Pages – Your creative kids will enjoy these goal setting and brainstorming doodle sheets.
Smart Goals Worksheet – These goal setting worksheets will help your kids to reflect on what they need to work on and how to achieve that.
What Are Your Homeschool Goals – I love how these worksheets are geared for a parent to think about goals for your homeschool.
Family Goal Setting Printable – Gather your family together to come up with goals that you want your family to work on together in the new school year.
More on Back to School for Homeschoolers
10 Things to Remember for an Awesome Homeschool Year – This article is chock full of encouragement for your new school year. You will also find a free printable and a bonus curriculum planning printable.
Back to School Gifts for Homeschool Moms and Students with Free Printable – We love gift giving on the first day of school. Check out this great list of ideas and a free printable to get you inspired.
Start Your School Year with Fun First Day Traditions – Make some wonderful memories of the first day of homeschool with your family by starting some new traditions. Included is a free printable first day of school questionnaire.
FREE First Day of School Printables for Preschool and Kindergarten – The youngest learners seem to be the most excited for a new school year. This post is full of fun printables specifically for Preschool and Kindergarten ages.
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!