I'm sending a child off to kindergarten this year, which means it must be documented with a first day of kindergarten sign! Since I'm cheap and don't like paying for printables, I made my own. If you missed last year's First Day of School Signs, I made a free cursive option (although if you use last year's you will need to white out the date or cut it off).
This year's first day of kindergarten sign is bold and colorful! Hope you enjoy! And don't forget to check out our easy school lunch ideas while you are here!
First Day of Kindergarten Sign (plus all other grades)
If any of your kids are nervous, or not looking forward for school to start, having a fun photo shoot in their back to school clothes can help ramp up the excitement! I like to do photo shoots with the back to school signs before school actually starts, because the first day of school can be chaotic. This also gives me plenty of time to photograph my kid's different personalities (see below). I also know that it might be a struggle figuring out good photo ideas with your First Day of Kindergarten Sign, so the photo list below should be helpful; especially because the first day of school can be stressful between the first day of school outfits to getting out the door on time.
- Personality Picture: Let your kid's personality show (you'll see the goofiness and cuteness coming out from my pictures below)!
- The Traditional: On the front porch with backpacks on.
- The Distressed: Sometimes the first day of school is distressing. It's okay if your kid frowns, looks scared, or even cries. It's important to catch the great moments and the not so great moments.
- The Celebration: Some kids love school. Let them celebrate. Turn on some dance music and let the picture taking begin.
- The Parent Celebration: Lately, the internet has gone wild with not only the first day of school pictures but also pictures of parents celebrating their children's first day of school. Just Google it for a good laugh.
Starting Kindergarten in the News
Various news articles can be a great place to turn to for additional advice on preparing your child for their first day of kindergarten. As summer begins to enter its final phase, many publications are putting out articles to help parents get their child ready for that exciting first day of school.
Chandler News recently published an article detailing how parents can help their little ones get ready for kindergarten. They spoke with several local teachers, who offered advice on how to make the transition as easy and stress-free as possible. Teachers encouraged parents to help their child get excited for the start of kindergarten. Talk to them about all the friends they can make, or the new experiences they're going to have. By having your child focus on the positives, they'll spend less time thinking about what might worry them regarding starting kindergarten.
The Idaho Strickland also published an article about kindergarten readiness that offers some great tips. This article encourages parents to ensure their child is equipped with the skills they need to be successful in kindergarten. A child should be able to take turns, cooperate with others, follow instructions, and control their impulses. If your child struggles in any of these areas, help them improve over the summer. The more ready they are to start kindergarten, the easier of a time they'll have.
Be sure to follow your local news for pieces on kindergarten readiness! July and August are the times when these stories tend to crop up, as families prepare for the start of the new school year.
If your kids are lacking excitement, you might also try these 6 Ways to Get Your Child Excited For the New School Year.
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first day of school (generic-no grade)
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