For the past 10 years we have traditionally started our school year on (or very near to) the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary - September 8th. This year, Our Lady's birthday landed on a Saturday...so TODAY is the official start date for us.
For the past several years, we've started a newer tradition, to take a field-trip on our First Day of School.
|Model version of our mystery field-trip|
I didn't tell the kids until that morning, what we were doing or where we were going. Boy, did that make for a very happy and cheerful rise-n-shine! lol.
We had the traditional "Schultüte" or School Cone that the kids,
no matter how old they are getting, look forward to.
Little Lamb thanked me with a big hug and said, "Momma, I love how you give us lots of fun things to eat, but then give us the tools to take care of our teeth...it's like giving a party, and then giving a dust pan". LOL
Their Easter baskets are pretty similar; tools and all. lol.
I didn't have a chance to give our regular Standardized Tests at the end of our school year - which ran until almost the end of July; so I will be giving them their tests this week. We are trying something new this year. Conductor & Butterfly will take both Math & Language Arts tests. They actually like to take the CAT/5 and look forward to their testing.
Let the fun begin...!