First Day of School Pictures

First Day of School, 2013-2014 at lifeyourway.net

Although we homeschool all summer, yesterday we kicked off our new school year with our favorite annual traditions: letter pancakes for breakfast, first-day-of-school photos, interviews, and ice cream sundaes for dinner!

First Day of School, 2013-2014 at lifeyourway.net

I love, love the first day of school for taking annual pictures because our first day tends to be pretty fun and laid back, and we don’t feel rushed about getting the pictures like we do on holidays when we’re all dressed up and heading to church or family gatherings. This year it was so hot and humid that we ended up rushing through the photos anyway, but I still love the shots we got.

First Day of School, 2013-2014 at lifeyourway.net

Everybody loves a good silly face photo!

First Day of School, 2013-2014 at lifeyourway.net

Or two…

First Day of School, 2013-2014 at lifeyourway.net

Such sweet girls! I love that they all wrapped their arms around each other for this one, and I think there may just be room on that swing for Jackson for a few years at least!

First Day of School, 2013-2014 at lifeyourway.net

Every year I say, “Kiss the sister on your right!”, and the reactions are hysterical. This year the oldest two followed directions while the littles just thought about what I said for a little while.

First Day of School, 2013-2014 at lifeyourway.net

We tried a few more times, with more hilarious results each time!

First Day of School, 2013-2014 at lifeyourway.net

This year our oldest is heading into 3rd grade. Not sure how that happened! She’d rather spend her time being creative than disciplined, but she’s done amazingly well at buckling down and getting her work done when needed, and I’m looking forward to seeing how she grows in the coming year.

First Day of School, 2013-2014 at lifeyourway.net

Our seven-year-old will be in 2nd grade, and she’s the most motivated of all of them. For the past two weeks, she’s been flying through her geography workbook, just for fun, during her afternoon quiet times! Silly girl!

First Day of School, 2013-2014 at lifeyourway.net

We do two years of kindergarten with our fall babies (all four of them!), so our 6-year-old is starting her second year. She’s actually reading pretty well and about halfway through 1st grade math, but there’s plenty of time to move her forward later if we decide that’s best, so we prefer the low-pressure approach. She did say it was “a little weird” when her Sunday School teacher asked her if she was in the right room on Sunday since everybody else had moved up, but we’ve been talking about why we do it this way for a couple months, so she is okay with it overall!

First Day of School, 2013-2014 at lifeyourway.net

And this one. Oh, this one. She’s gone from baby to big girl over the past 6 months, and she’s pretty excited about participating in more of our school activities this year. She’s been on a Letter Factory binge lately and pretty much knows her letter sounds, so we’ll just be focusing on reinforcing those and other basic skills without a formal school program.

All in all, it was a fun way to celebrate the start of a new school year, and we’re looking forward to finding our new routine!

What are your family’s first day of school traditions?

Mandi Ehman is the blogger behind Life Your Way. She and her husband have four beautiful girls plus one baby boy, and together they live, work and homeschool on a little slice of heaven in wild, wonderful West Virginia. Mandi loves coffee, chocolate, easy meals, beautiful things and minimalist spaces.