My favorite back to school tradition is simple. I snap a photo of my kids holding a first day of school sign. The memories are priceless, and it just takes minutes!
This fun, SIMPLE tradition is one you will cherish for years. I mean, have you ever looked at old photos of your kids and regretted taking them? It’s impossible not to love!
A Favorite Back to School Tradition
Me? I prefer simple as I think the back-to-school time of year is busy enough without adding more to my to-do list. But there’s one fun and easy thing we can all do: take a photo of your children holding up a printable first day of school sign!
Plus, there’s a lot of meaning and sentiment in this tradition. This school year feels different already considering how last year ended. It’s made me more determined than ever to capture memories of my children and these fleeting years!
Remote Learning for 2021-2022
Last year (2020), a wonderful reader asked me about a “virtual or remote learning” printable back-to-school sign for this fall since so many of our children weren’t going back to traditional in-person school. It was a great idea, so we updated the signs with some bonus printables for you.
Now, in 2021, things are a little more hopeful, so we’ve added a couple of new bonus signs including a positive “This will be a great year!” version. Because don’t we all need a little encouragement these days?
You can access them for free along with the regular signs below.
Back to School Signs
I think my kids like it more than a regular photoshoot too because they get to hold something.
Plus it’s such an EASY tradition too. And I have a couple of mom secret tips that make it even simpler too. I’ll share my tips below!
Free Printable First Day of School Signs 2021-2022
So in honor of heading back to school, my team has made some lovely printable first day of school signs for ALL GRADES, including preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th!
Your older teens may not be a huge fan of posing for moms, but since it will make you so happy, they just might be convinced. (As long as you promise NOT to post it anywhere on social media.)
These are FREE printable back-to-school signs so you can print as many as you need (and come back again when your preschooler stomped on it when you turned your back!). Anyone else?
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First Day Photo Taking Tips
Take Photos With the First Day of School Sign Before the First Day
I know it sounds odd, but will make your life much easier than trying to squeeze a photo into an already hectic school morning, especially if you have kids going to school super early.
So, choose a day when you have a bit more time. I like to do it as close to the end of summer as possible so I really can capture the essence of what they looked like!
Then, print out your first day of school sign and hand it over to your little one to pose with. If it doesn’t go great, try again the next day. No biggie! This was a serious game changer for me.
Let Your Child Choose Some Elements
If you involve your child a bit in the preparations, they will likely be much more agreeable about taking the photo!
For my kids, that may mean I let them choose their outfit (or at least give them a choice between two outfits I’ve preselected). Or perhaps I let them choose the location.
Plus, with digital cameras, it’s so easy to let them try out different poses! Promise them they can do a few silly face photos if they give you one nice smile. It works!
Remember, at the end of the day this is all about creating a sweet memory. Yes, we all want the perfect photo with a beaming child holding a back to school sign—it just may take a few tries!
You’ve got this, mama!