Firecracker started Kindergarten...
I didn't take pics for a tutorial, since I was working against the clock, but I'll give you a quick run down. The wood pieces are old drawer fronts I got for a different project for $4 a piece at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store. (I guess Hubby will have to stop by and get me some more next time he has class.) I sanded them quickly with a small electric sander. Then I gave them two coats of acrylic craft paint. I sized the letters on the computer since I don't have a Cricut or anything of the like. (Make sure to trace them backward on the back of scrapbook paper.) Then I used Mod-Podge to apply the letters and make the paint glossy. They actually went together really fast, and Firecracker was super excited with her sign. She's looking forward to having it in her room and says she wants to keep it forever...we'll see if she still feels that way when she's 12. The glittery letters were cut out of a scrap of some cardstock-like self-adhesive glitter paper that I bought years ago.
I went looking for some "First Day of School" traditions, since I figure it will always be a big deal at our house. I found some great ideas on How Does She? as well as a few on other sites and some I thought of on my own.
Here are the things we did to commemorate the day...
- Pictures on the doorstep with a special sign. (We'll keep the 1st Day of School Sign every year, but change the grade sign.)
- Extra special breakfast...fruit smoothies and waffles.
- Measuring and marking their height on a special wall marker. (I still have to make the wall marker though, so we'll be a few days late with that this year.)
- Homemade personal pizza and special dessert for dinner.
- Father's Blessings from Dad.
Have your kids started school yet? What do you do to make the day exciting?
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