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First Day of Kindergarten Ideas for New Traditions

First Day of Kindergarten Ideas for New Traditions

Whenever I'm at a loss for words, I let my camera do the heavy lifting.  Monday was one of those life moments where no crafty verbiage could help me cope with life's big milestones.  We put our first kid on the big yellow school bus for the first time, and it about killed me. So much has been said about the intense mommy feelings on that momentous day, so I won't go there. 

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Instead, I'll show you a few first day of kindergarten ideas to easily implement at your house.  These ideas came to me on the morning of, so I'm thankful I took the time to execute them, something that rarely happens when an idea strikes.  Looking back, if I hadn't done anything, I would have a nagging sense of not having done enough to honor my kid's big day (and my big feelings). 

So here goes.  Here are 4 first day of kindergarten ideas for new traditions you can implement to capture the spirit and fun of this crazy, memorable milestone. 

1. Show her pictures of you on your first day of kindergarten. 

As my kid was getting dressed, I told her I planned to take her picture at the front door, and she started melting down, because she just wanted to head to the bus stop - she had no time (or tolerance) for all the memory-making crap.  To convince her, I told her it's customary. In fact, my mom took my picture on the first day of my kindergarten, too, would you like to see it?  "Yeth, pleath!" was her enthusiastic response.  Don't worry, she's enrolling in speech therapy.  Plus, part of me hopes she always softens those S's. 

I told my child how I felt as a first-timer to kindergarten. She was riveted by the story, and it helped me identify with her. 

I told my child how I felt as a first-timer to kindergarten. She was riveted by the story, and it helped me identify with her. 

Kids enjoy identifying similarities and differences between your first day of school and theirs.  You might be surprised by what observations your child makes.

Kids enjoy identifying similarities and differences between your first day of school and theirs.  You might be surprised by what observations your child makes.

2. Capture her face as she sees HER bus for the first time.

Her face shows the collision of anticipation and relief. All the mental build-up of the last few weeks (adults inflate this milestone for kids to generate excitement) was for this moment... it is finally happening.  Although, the whole day will be full of "firsts" like these.

Her face shows the collision of anticipation and relief. All the mental build-up of the last few weeks (adults inflate this milestone for kids to generate excitement) was for this moment... it is finally happening.  Although, the whole day will be full of "firsts" like these.

When the bus first comes into sight, grab a shot of her checking it out.  There will be no camera around for her in-classroom "firsts" today, so capture this one.

3. Honor the other family member's feelings, too. 

Dad and brother had trouble looking away as Sister's bus took her to school for the first time.  They're usually so tough!

Dad and brother had trouble looking away as Sister's bus took her to school for the first time.  They're usually so tough!

Take a minute to consider what your other family members are feeling and do your best to capture those feelings without being weird.  I honestly got lucky with this moment.  I try not to snap a thousand photos on big occasions, because it's important to live in the moment.  So often, that means missing out on candid images like this. 

4. Capture the wait. 

Often, photos are insufficient, but the story would take too long to tell in a video. Enter time lapse videos, my favorite way to capture the mundane parts of daily life without boring the heck out of viewers.  Of all the first day of kindergarten ideas I had on Monday, this one was my favorite, and I can't pin down the "why."  I just love the story it tells.  It conveys something more than a still shot, and even more than a traditional home video.  If you know what I'm getting at, helpme out - leave a comment below. What is the appeal of a time lapse? 

Thanks for reading. I hope you're inspired by all the first day of kindergarten ideas you saw moms post online this year. The internet, once again, has turned an ordinary event into a huge celebration, and I for one, love it.

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