Free First Day of School Printables and Signs (2021-2022)

July 26, 2020

Annette Breedlove

Annette Breedlove

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Can you believe we’re nearing nearing the start of a new school year? The first day of school can be an exciting and scary thing. Even though your kids aren’t going off to school, a new schedule, new curriculum, and homeschool groups can be a little scary. Whether it’s the first day of preschool or 6th grade, start your new homeschool year in a special way with these free first day of school printables.

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Start of Another School Year

If you don’t school year round and are coming off of a summer break, your kids may dread the thought of doing “school” again. They may have gotten used to a relaxed schedule, sleeping in and maybe too much screen time. 

Kids may not want to give that up willingly. Starting off the first day of school in a fun way lessens the blow. It gives them something to look forward to. It’s always fun getting out your last day of school signs and seeing how much your kids changed over the summer and previous years. 

Get started with your own first day of school traditions.

While my kids love to learn, they don’t always like “doing” schoolwork, so it’s a balance in our family. Last year we started the first week a little slower and eased into our routine. That means we can have some fun with a first day of school interview with each child, pictures, and a special breakfast to start the day.

Whether this is your first year homeschooling or the start of a new grade level, you can start a new school tradition with your children using these first day of school printables. It will go a long way in helping your children realize this is a special day. 

The First Day of School Interview

If you have multiple children, the new school year is a great time to sit them down and spend some one-on-one time with them. Whether you have a 3rd grader, a middle school student, or kids in high school, this is something that everyone enjoys. These make for a fun school traditi0n and are great to put into a homeschool portfolio at the end of the year. 

You can re-use a first day of school template each year, so you can give them new interview questions when the new school season starts. 

First Day of School Interview Sheets Download

We created a printable pack with an interview sheet for all grade levels from Preschool and Kindergarten through elementary, middle school and even all the way to 12th grade. You can find these free first day of school interview sheets in our subscriber library.

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First Day of School Interview for Kids – These interview pages include a space to paste a photo of your child on the first day of school for a nice keepsake.

All About Me on the First Day of School – This is a great way to interview your children with the prompted questions. There are are 14 total printables from preschool to 12th grade.

Interview Printables for the First and Last Day of School – These printables will ask your children the same questions at the beginning of the year, and again at the end of the year so you can compare their answers and see how far they have come.

Back to School Interview Pages – Your children will write their name, and let you know what some of their favorite things are for that year.

Don’t miss our All About Me Printables – This instant download will have your children decorate a picture of themselves, and answer questions. It is perfect to use during the first week of school. 18 pages to choose from!

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First Day of School Crafts

My children love doing crafts. If you ask them what their favorite part of school is, it would most likely be crafts. We incorporate crafts into everything.

I like to give these to my younger children to work on for “school”. This gives me time to introduce my older children to their new school schedules and curriculum.

Printable First Day of School Necklaces – These cute necklaces congratulate your child on completing their first day of school. They can make this necklace and wear it to show off at the end of the day. They are editable too.

First Day of School Self Portrait Printable – Give your children this adorable worksheet, and have them draw, or paint a self portrait of themselves.

Headband Crowns for the First Day of School – If you have an extra crafty child, they will love wearing these headbands with their new necklaces for the first day of school.

Preschool First Day of School Hats – These back to school hats are perfect for your little ones and they come in 6 different themes to choose from.

Fun Back to School Printables

Before we get into a full blown homeschool routine, I like to give my kids some fun printables and worksheets. We love these activity packs, games and worksheets that are fun and keep our learning light.

 I Spy Back to School Activity – These fun first day of school worksheets will have your kids searching for school related items in the picture. They can even color them in.

Back to School Notebooking Pages – These are fun writing prompts perfect for the first week of school.

Lego All About Me Printable – Your Lego lovers will enjoy this fun themed worksheet.

School Supply Scavenger Hunt – Send your kids all over the house to hunt for the school supplies on the list. 

Decorate your table for the first day of school with these Back to School Table Settings.

Back to School Math Jokes – These fun jokes with have your kids practicing their math facts by decoding jokes.

Back to School Tot & PreK-K Pack – Printable pages that are great to keep your little ones busy while you show your older children their school lessons.

First Day of School Signs

A tradition in our homeschool is taking pictures on the first day of school and using free printable signs. We also like to take first day of school photos. Since we have relatives that live far away, I love to post our first day of school pictures. It helps include them and they get to see all the fun stuff we get to do in our homeschool.

Tips for Your First Day of School Signs

The first day of school is the perfect time of year to take advantage of a photo op. Have your children get dressed in their new clothes (or at least clean clothes!) and snap a picture of them for their homeschool portfolio

Free Printable First Day of School Signs

These adorable signs are so cute and will bring an element of fun into the start of the school year. 

Editable First Day of School Signs – These are great to customize for each child and they are super cute too. 

Pencil First Day of School Sign – I love the pencil design on these signs. Your kids can paint or color the sign too.

First Day of School Signs – These signs are updated for the 2021-2022 school year.

Back to School Signs – I love that there are many different designs to choose from with these signs. They look great printed in color and are so pretty.

Chalkboard Signs – These signs have chalkboard backgrounds and make a great photo prop for your first day photos!

Photo Prop Signs – Printable signs that are great for a first day of school photo booth session.

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