The following is by contributor Vanessa Brown of I Never Grew Up.
I am trying to distract myself from the fact that in a couple of weeks my first child will be entering school. As soon as she enters those doors I will, without a doubt, break into some pretty embarrassing sobs and heaves.
I know that in order to not give my daughter a complex I need to get myself busy preparing for something that will show my excitement for her entering school.
Back to School Parties
image via Vanessa Brown
I wanted to host a party so the kids can meet their soon-to-be classmates, helping them feel more at ease on their first day of school. Seeing a semi-familiar face can be so comforting when you feel nervous on your first day of school! Also, I thought it would be fun for all the mothers to meet ahead of time. That way, we’ll know each other a bit for when the kids come home saying they want to play with “So and So,” when a birthday party invitation comes home or when there is a class party to help with. Let me share with you what we are doing and other ideas I have heard that would be fun to try as well.
Neighborhood Park Play Date
By asking the moms in the neighborhood and asking around at the park, I have compiled a list of every child entering Kindergarten who lives near us. We dropped off invitations to all of their houses inviting them to a “Park Play Date.” We are going to have pizza, ice cream and play at the park. We also have some fun games planned where we will divide the kids up by their Kindergarten classes and compete with the other kids in the different classes. That way they can meet a couple of children who will be in their new class, as well as meet who they will notice in the hallways or on the walk to school.
Bus Stop Treat
On the first day of school when most parents go with their kids to the bus stop or drop them off at school, you can hand the kids and parents an invitation for a “treat” at the bus stop after they are dropped off. You could set up a table with cupcakes and a drink to help the kids stick around a little bit after getting off the bus and say hello to each other. By inviting the parents, you could get to know them as well.
One Last Summer Hoo-ra!
Sadly, sometimes when the kids start going to school it is still hot and sunny outside. It’s like the weather is just begging for them to stay home longer and have more summer time. It would be fun to host a party with your kid’s new class for a One Last Summer Hoo-ra/Welcome to School Party at the local pool or in your yard with water games. It’s another great opportunity to get to know the kids and adults you will be seeing around for the rest of the school year.
Have you ever done a Back to School Party with your child’s new classmates? How do you get to know the new children and parents in your kid’s classes?