A Great Start

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on September 17, 2009

My kiddos were eager to start lessons again and we’ve now almost completed our second week back at school. I must say that if we can maintain the momentum with which we began, this year will be lovely!

school suppliesI’d like to think that my children’s eagerness to get back to school was due to the fact that they love to learn, but I’m afraid it was more because their neighborhood friends began to disappear every day. At any rate, I’m hoping and praying that this enthusiasm will continue throughout the entire year as we memorize Scripture and as some of my kiddos learn the sounds of the letters, while others study fractions and explore how the human body functions.

Now, I’m not much of a list-maker, but I’ve always benefited by writing out my goals for a new year, whether it’s a new school year or a new calendar year. While my number one goal as a teacher is to instill a love of learning, there are many things I resolve to do every day to accomplish this goal and I’ve managed to keep my “school year’s resolutions”… I know that today only marks the eighth day of our school year, with many days left to go, but it is certainly a good start, right?

One thing I need to work on is encouragement. I suppose encouragement can show itself in many forms ::

  • Helping the kids through a rough problem, while ensuring them that they can indeed do it
  • Providing opportunities for them to excel in an area of interest
  • Allowing ways for them to encourage and uplift each other

Whatever form it takes, I need to remind myself that my kiddos need my encouragement, no matter how difficult it may seem at the moment.

There are so many great things in store for us this year…. I’m exhausted just thinking about it all! To stay refreshed and rejuvinated, I’ve finally connected with other homeschool families in our community, which was something my kids and I really need this year. We now plan to go on some fun field trips with this new group, connect with old friends who homeschool, and continue to learn about life and the world around us.

I am so excited!

Going back to school is an exciting, fun and sometimes, hectic time. To calm the butterflies and build your kids’ confidence, Hallmark has put together this great resource to encourage moms like you. Just for sharing a bit of advice, you’ll be entered to win a prize package valued at $500… Check it out!

You can also win a $50 Hallmark gift card, right here at From Dates to Diapers! Just leave a comment here about your kiddos’ first day, week or month of school. I would love to hear about any fun traditions you may have started this year. You may receive additional entries (up to one per day) by tweeting a link to this giveaway, using the hashtag #D2Dgvwy. Be sure you leave me a separate comment for each tweet. A winner will be chosen, and contacted via email, on September 30th.

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courtney s September 27, 2009 at 8:47 am
Anne Taylor September 27, 2009 at 10:26 am
Anne G September 27, 2009 at 12:03 pm
Daniel M September 27, 2009 at 12:03 pm

my niece and nephew are looking forward to it this year


Jaque September 27, 2009 at 12:18 pm

We always do chocolate chip pancakes each morning for the first month of school…the kids love this tradition!

Thank you. :-)


checkers September 27, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Well it’s always nice to start that special first day off in a positive frame of mind. Don’t be all rushed or this might be passed on to the kids, just relax and treat it as any day, maybe give them a little something of yours to take to school in their backpack, or pocket so they have that feeling that Mom is kind of with them the whole day, this is for the littler children. maybe a handwritten note, hanky or your favorite writing pen or pencil



checkers September 27, 2009 at 1:27 pm

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Adele September 27, 2009 at 6:37 pm

My grandchildren always come home after the first day of school all bubbly and excited. They love school, their teachers and learning. Thanks for this offer.


julieh September 27, 2009 at 6:51 pm

We always have an end of summer pool party to celebrate the start of school!


Mimi the kitten September 27, 2009 at 8:01 pm

I don’t have any children, but I’ll always cherish the memory of the special way my beloved Mom sent me off to college: she spent all summer painstakingly pieceing together a magnificent, 500+-piece quilt, for me.


Anna September 28, 2009 at 7:11 am

I don’t have any kids, but would love to win. Thanks.


courtney s September 28, 2009 at 7:28 am
Anne Taylor September 28, 2009 at 9:03 am
sandra September 28, 2009 at 9:05 am

this year, they were asked to bring a pencil case with some school supplies. he decorated it with stickers. i think that was exciting for him, so it may be something we do every school year.


lynn clayton September 28, 2009 at 9:55 am

my baby started jk I cried he said to me when I droped him off Im your big boy now right mom as we walked to his class I have never balled my eyes out like that it should be an interesting year


Kerrie Mayans September 28, 2009 at 4:30 pm

We have a tradition that on the first day of school we take a picture in front of our front door of each child. It is fun to look back and see how they have grown over the years.


checkers September 28, 2009 at 5:58 pm
Kimberly Hall September 28, 2009 at 8:56 pm

My daughter fist day I cried but she didn’t.


Jill Myrick September 28, 2009 at 9:05 pm

This year we started getting up just a little earlier so that we could have more time together without rushing.
It really seems to put everyone in a better mood that shows as well in the way that they act at school.
Thank you so much for the chance to win.


Felicia K September 29, 2009 at 6:58 am

My little one’s only 9 months, but I heard about my niece’s first day this year. She looked super cute and was really excited about her tinkerbell backpack. She had a lot of fun, and made her first best friend-a boy.


joD September 29, 2009 at 6:59 am

My kids are babies. I would love to read the other ideas. My family didn’t do much for the first day of school. We did go school shopping (which was mostly for clothes) and planned out our outfits, just like that Target commercial but with less outfits.


courtney s September 29, 2009 at 7:20 am
Rosey September 29, 2009 at 8:18 am

Setting up an organizational system with the kids’ papers from day one sets the precedent for the year, and works out beautifully!


Geoff K September 29, 2009 at 8:24 am

We’ve started doing something fun in our home to make homework time more enjoyable — we cap off each homework session with a show-and-tell, during which the kids get to show off what they’ve learned in as creative a fashion as they possibly can — poems, songs, skits, anything that demonstrates what they just worked on or learned. It gives both us and the kids something to look forward to, and so far at least it’s upped their motivation to turn off the TV and hit the books for a few hours each evening!


Geoff K September 29, 2009 at 8:26 am
Anne Taylor September 29, 2009 at 8:51 am
katie September 29, 2009 at 9:36 am

I always loved having a new outfit to wear on the first day of school :)


Nancy September 29, 2009 at 10:06 am

This year we had an end of summer/kick off school pool party. It seems to set the mode for an end with summer friends and a way to celebrate the start the start of making new ones.


Kat E September 29, 2009 at 11:16 am

On the first day of school, we always take photos by the front door. It’s great to see how they grow and change from year to year!


Leilani September 29, 2009 at 11:42 am

This year, we’ve started getting up 20 minutes earlier than usual and we use that time to talk about what we’re all looking forward to that day. It can be something tiny or big…but it puts everyone in a positive mindframe for the day.


Bryanna P. September 29, 2009 at 1:39 pm

Thanks for the giveaway!…I would love to win… =D


Patricia Treskovich September 29, 2009 at 2:14 pm
Angela Gaffke September 29, 2009 at 2:23 pm

My son smiled on his first day because we were together. He is homeschool.


Sharon Seneker September 29, 2009 at 4:49 pm
Anne G September 29, 2009 at 6:09 pm
Shelbie Johnston September 29, 2009 at 8:06 pm

There is always soemthing magical about the first day of a new school year, everything is so new, the possibilities are endless!


checkers September 29, 2009 at 8:19 pm
sheri September 29, 2009 at 8:56 pm

My son’s first day of school is always crazy because he has such a nervous tummy that he always throws up…you can count on it!!


chastidy September 29, 2009 at 10:53 pm

My boys are only 3 and 2. But the oldest started AWANA and he loves it :)
He was so excited to learn his cubbie MOTTO :)


Darcy B September 30, 2009 at 12:28 am

My kids have decided that they are old enough to make their own lunches–I can’t help but check them–and I like to add goodies–to brighten their day.


Walter A September 30, 2009 at 7:40 am

I like to dress my kids up for the first day of school. I go all out. This year I had my 12 year old wear a tuxedo t-shirt and a Scottish kilt. He was all the rage at school. He was so popular that the teacher sent him home. The next day he wore a power rangers outfit. He was the pink ranger. I also like to drop him off at school while blasting Kenny G as loud as my Geo Prizm speakers can handle it.


Diane Baum September 30, 2009 at 7:52 am

We try to prepare everything the night before so tht we don’t have to rush for school and can spend some extra time together.


Tiffany September 30, 2009 at 8:10 am

We start going to bed earlier about a week or two before school starts. My daughters get their clothes and backpacks ready the night before each school day, too.


Tiffany September 30, 2009 at 8:10 am
Anne Taylor September 30, 2009 at 8:38 am
Crystal F September 30, 2009 at 8:38 am

My youngest started Kindergarten this year and she loves it. She’s having so much fun playing with new friends and learning from her super nice teachers. My oldest started 4th grade and has been accepted into the gifted program. I’m so very proud of her.


courtney s September 30, 2009 at 8:42 am
Chrysa September 30, 2009 at 8:50 am

A tradition my mom started – making chocolate malt-o-meal with marshmallow/raisin faces!


Jammie September 30, 2009 at 9:13 am

I home school my daughter and the first week back to school we slowly get back into the book part of school. I have her do an about me book so when she gets older she can see how much she has changed within the year.


amy delong September 30, 2009 at 9:51 am

my son started K this year,he loved his first day,when he came home he was soo excited to tell me about it!



Patricia Treskovich September 30, 2009 at 10:38 am

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Kimberly September 30, 2009 at 11:47 am

Biggest frustration this year was the mixed up schedule. It seems like school starts at a different time every day and everyone plays by ear. Getting better now though. :)


Erica G September 30, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Of course they were nervous, but it went really well. They knew what they were going to wear, were up on time, and to the bus stop in time.


Geoff K September 30, 2009 at 12:51 pm
Happi Shopr September 30, 2009 at 1:00 pm

They were so excited and looked super cute, I mean, cool. The first day was great getting to see old friends.


Gloria September 30, 2009 at 1:33 pm

The first couple of weeks of school the kids are getting their homework done early and they seem to like their teachers. We are trying to get to bed a little earlier though.


Gloria September 30, 2009 at 1:34 pm
Mishia September 30, 2009 at 2:37 pm

He hated the first day of school because he started a new school but by the end of the week he loved it.


Charity September 30, 2009 at 4:10 pm

My son is having a wonderful school year! He loves his teacher,class, and the new friends. Thanks


Charity September 30, 2009 at 4:12 pm
Randy & Pat Bailey September 30, 2009 at 5:16 pm

I always walk the kids 2 their classes the 1st day of school, this helps them 2 not B so nervous about the 1st day of school


checkers September 30, 2009 at 6:42 pm

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Susan Smith September 30, 2009 at 6:47 pm

My daughter likes picking out a new outfit for her first day of school. She loved showing it off.


kathy pease September 30, 2009 at 7:06 pm

my youngest started7th grade and he loves having many classes :)


Angela C September 30, 2009 at 7:06 pm

This was our first year for 4K, and I took a picture of my son in front of the school. Which I plan on doing every year from now on! :)


DanV September 30, 2009 at 8:34 pm

We had a fun first day – he helped pick out his clothes and lunch and liked it


Gianna September 30, 2009 at 9:23 pm

Taking a pic on the first day of school :)


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