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Back-to-School Tips, Tutorials and Free Printables

It’s hard to believe it’s back-to-school time already, but schools in our area start back in less than three weeks! (Those of you that still have a month or more of summer might want to bookmark this post for later.)

We’ll be sharing back-to-school tips and ideas in the coming weeks, and to kick us off, here are some of my favorite back-to-school posts from the archives, including some fun printables:

Back to School Countdown Chain

Printable Back-to-School Countdown Chain

The countdown is on, and this back-to-school countdown chain is a fun way to watch the school days draw nearer with a variety of simple summer activities (and blank links for you to add your own!).

Colorful First Day of School Signs

First Day of School SignsFirst day of school pictures are a fun way to capture the changes as kids grow year-to-year. Use these school year signs to mark the occasion and create a fun keepsake.

Minimalist First Day of School Signs

First Day of School 2012
Or download these “minimalist” signs that our family uses each year.

Lunchbox Notes

Lunchbox Notes

A quick note inside a lunchbox (or a backpack if you don’t pack lunches) can be a huge pick-me-up for any kid, and these printable lunchbox notes are a quick way to drop a colorful message to your child. Choose from Teddy Bears or School Supplies. Make reusable snacks and sandwich bags for their lunchbox.

From the Mouth of… Interview

"From the Mouth of..." Interview
Use this interview template get a snapshot of your child’s likes and favorites at the start of the new school year. You could even collect them each year and put them in a special book at graduation!

Back to School Brag Board Tutorial

Back to School Brag Board
Keep school papers organized and display kids’ projects proudly with this DIY crayon brag board that Kristina created last year.

Homework Helps Series

Homework Helps {Make Learning Fun} |
And finally, Jennifer, our education expert, offers great tips each month for making homework more fun in various subject areas. Visit the Homework Helps page for tips for a variety of ages and subjects!