Back to school is here! Who’s ready for the new school year? For many families, including my own, taking a cute picture of the kids on their first day of school is a wonderful family tradition.
Adding a “First Day of School” sign to your pictures on the big day isn’t a requirement but it is an easy way to distinguish photos from each grade level. You won’t end up saying, “When was that again?” Instead, you’ll love looking back through the first days of school and reveling at their growth from the first day of preschool all the way to twelfth grade (maybe even college if they will pose for you).
Whether you’re the kind of parent who can’t wait to get their kids on the bus at the end of summer break so you have a little quiet time, or you’re the kind that shuffles back into the house sobbing, the first day of school picture is a great way to document those fleeting moments in their sweet lives.
We homeschool, so as my kids’ teacher, summer is my reprieve. The first day of school means more work for me. I’ve joked about making a “Mom’s First Day of Homeschooling” sign with all the grades I’ll be teaching and taking a disheveled picture of myself with it. (Really not a bad idea).
However, the kids are much cuter to take a picture of.
First day of school pictures are a fun way to start the year regardless of where or how your child is doing school (e.i. public school, virtual learning, homeschool, or private school). And the photos are so much fun to compare to previous years.
Chalkboard style signs are all the rage these days and I’ve created several printable chalkboard signs available in the shop. I also wanted to design other great options that are a little different from the chalkboard background that would work well for younger kids as well as older kids.
This graph paper style, free first day of school printable, I feel, bridges the gap between childish and mature, and cutesy and fun.
I’ve included all the grades from preschool to 12th grade for you to use with all of your kids.
These adorable signs are a simpler, free option to go with your adorable photos.
Looking for editable first day of school signs? If you wanted the signs to be a little more personalized, I have five designs in the shop (Including the graph paper and first day of school chalkboard designs) that include a place for your child’s name and the year. And you can use the signs for both the first day or last day of school.
That’s right! If you haven’t been taking last day of school photos I highly recommend using my last day of school signs and adding that to your school tradition at the end of the year. Seeing how much my kids have grown during the school year and adding an extra touch that makes the last day even more special, is worth whatever amount of coercing it takes to get my kids to smile for the camera.
With the paid signs you’ll be able to type your children’s names and either the date or the school year. One of the chalkboard designs features a script font for the name well suited for girls. Another design uses a bit more masculine font that’s an option for the boys.
You’ll even be able to change the color of the name and date if you’d like. See the photo below. I’ll let you guess what Isabella’s favorite color is!
No need to buy a different printable each year. These will work for all the grades.
And with the notebook graph paper design in the shop, I added additional options like the first day of High School, Junior High, Middle School, sophomore year, junior year, senior year and even college.
These first day of school signs would be a great idea to add to a first week of school gift basket from a relative or family friend. These signs plus kids’ favorite snacks for their first day and picture frames for when the photos are printed would make their first day back at school even sweeter.
I’ve kept all my paid “Back to School” signs super cheap at only $7. And you get all the grades, as well as the option to use them as last day of school signs. All you have to do is save the PDF file to your computer and open the document in Adobe Reader to edit. You just need a color printer white cardstock, which you can get at places like Office Depot.
Or, if you’re just here for the cute, free first day of school printables, go ahead and pin this adorable pic to share and download the free printable below. Whether you go with the free or paid version, you will love how easy these are to print. Let’s face it, with all that has to get done before school starts, it’s easy to forget a detail like this. But with my printable PDF, you can print last minute, even the morning of if need be.
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