Monday, August 29, 2011

First Day of School 2011

We had a great first day! We've been off much longer than normal and are in a new house so it's going to take a while to get back into our routine, but I'm happy with today. We did a little review and started our unit study on chocolate. What better way to start off the year than learning about chocolate? I definitely had the kids interested immediately.

We started our morning with chocolate chip pancakes (something fun for the first day and it goes with our unit study).

Then we headed outside for those first day pictures. Cute signs came from here. Molly was so excited and said she couldn't wait to start school because she's never gotten to do 1st grade before.




Here they are working on their about me posters I found at the Dollar Tree.


Red Robin for dinner


For the past few years, I've made a special cake for the first day of school. Previous ones are here and here.





Phyllis said...

Wow! That is a very special cake!!! I love your first day of school from start to finish!

Crisc said...


Erika said...

AWESOME cake!!! Looks like your first day was great! What a great way to start the school year- with chocolate!

Our Side of the Mountain said...

LOVE your world cake! What a sweet idea! Wonderful first day!

The Adoption Journey of Baby King said...

I love the cake! I got off work at 6am this morning and brought doughnuts home for the kids. I wrote on the box happy 1st day of school, then went to bed. They gobbled the doughnuts up! I love the idea of the pictures with the cute.

Jennifer said...

That cake is impressive! I like the pictures with grade labels, too.

Traci's Teaching Times said...

Mmmmm chocolate, sounds like you all kicked your school year off with some fabulous fun/studies.
I've been reading down your blog, vacation looks great too.

So You Call Yourself A Homeschooler? said...

I LOVE this cake! YOU ROCK :) Visiting you from So You Call Yourself A Homeschooler?
Found you on the Hip Homeschool Moms Blog Hop! Glad to have found you and will be following you :)

Meghan said...

Stopping over from the Hip Homeschool Hop - I enjoyed your post and look forward to getting to know you better!


Lisa said...

Wow! What a wonderful first day! And, there is no better way to start a brand new year than with chocolate, lol! :-)

I love the signs and cake, too! What great photos!

May God continue to bless all of our homeschools!

Youthful Pursuits said...

Wow- what a great cake! I love the way you started off your school year. I am going to have to borrow some of those ideas for our family next year. Just visiting from Hip Homeschool Hop...

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Mandalynn said...

That cake is awesome!! :) A great way to 'ring' in the new school year!! :) Love the Red Robin dinner, too ;)

Marsha S said...

We got a lot later start than usual this year. I like to start Aug 1 with the first day of the fiscal school year.
We are also in a new home but that wasn't the problem. The problem is that in July we allowed my daughter and her 5 children to move in with us. They, unfortunately, are not homeschooled.

Sharla said...

I love the cake! Great idea! Sounds like a good first day (and how can you possibly go wrong when chocolate is involved?)!

Beloved's Bride said...

Wow! That is an amazing cake! And, then starting the year off with a chocolate unit! What wonderful ideas!

Thanks for letting me peak into your blog. I came through a link from Traci's.