Finish Your Fun List     Hang a “Happy School Year!” banner that has a pocket for each of the letters in the word school.     Inside each pocket put a slip of paper with an end-of-summer activity—something you meant to do over the summer break but never got around to. Just before school begins, draw one slip a day and have some fun before it is time to get in the routine of school.  Make homemade ice  cream; visit an old fashioned soda shop, or have a craft day. Finish the summer with fun!

Get Decked Out     Pick out a new outfit to wear on the first day of school. On the first day of school each year, measure your child’s height on one of the doors of your home. Always take your child’s picture, preferably with a poster with their handwritten name and grade. Collect the pictures each year to compare the differences. Celebrate!

The night before school starts, put streamers and a poster on your child’s bedroom door. Make a special breakfast and a send a treat bag for the teachers.

School Supplies  Give new rulers to your kids and write “The Golden Rule” in a sharpie marker to help them remember how to treat others.

New Friends  Encourage new friendships and have a get-to-know-you sleepover soon after school starts.

Back to school can be a fun time of learning and new friendships.