After the Break is Done

After an academic break, sometimes we feel we have to jump back in full speed. We want to get our children and ourselves back on the same schedule. We also want to start rolling at the same pace as we were before our break started.

While those intentions are great, there is no need to stress yourself out just yet. Why not ease your way into this thing called school. Just take your time and flow back into your regular schedule.


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First Day of Home School ‘Picture’ Ideas :p

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Some of you are learning a bit about me and my lack of ‘enjoyment’ for anything craft-y-ness (not sure if that is a word). But that’s me.

However, this year I am trying to make a change and grow beyond my normal lack of ‘enjoyment’ for anything craft-y-ness. :p

Beside creating Busy Bags for 13 children.

Making special gifts for all of my children for their first day of homeschool come September 1, 2014.

Assembling each of their own little supply packages.

I thought it would be great to do …………………..first day of homeschool pictures!!!

Ok…..I know you are thinking, “Angela, really? Pictures? First day of homeschool pictures? What’s the big deal with that?”

Well……..actually DOING IT is the big deal. 

I. Just. Don’t. Normally do it.

But being around and reading about such creative homeschool moms is causing something to AWAKEN – WITHIN me. 🙂

Just follow along with me………

If you too are interested in some first day of homeschooling picture ideas then take a look at these ideas below.

Maybe you can add something to these ideas and make them your own! :p


Angela P.

(Just click on any of the links below)

10-First Day of (home) School Picture Ideas

30+ Free Printables for First (home)School Picture Ideas

(home) School Pictures

Celebrating 1st-Day of Homeschooling Ideas :p

Personally, I have been homeschooling for 14 years! Wow, has time flown by!

And honestly, the thrill and excitement of my job has waned a bit.

The fun, frilly, out-of-the-box things I use to do when my older children were younger……well……I just don’t do any  more.

However, since we’ve added to our family through adoption, I now have four younger children that I am homeschooling, I am feeling the need to revert to the ‘super-fun-exciting-act-like-a-clown-homeschooling machine’ mommy I use to be when I was YOUNGER. <sigh> 

Lack of energy and foggy brain can slow a homeschooling Momma down :p

But alas the Lord is my Strength, my Helper and my Creative One. So as of recent, I’ve been crying out to Him to renew, restore and rebirth the ‘above described’ Momma once again.

Here are some things I have found that you may be interested in doing as well as you start back up your school year.

Now if you have already started back homeschooling for this school year…..then now worries……just do one of these creative ways of celebrating your near year NOW.

So if you need some ideas……


100+ Back-to-School Celebration Ideas


~Angela P.


Back-to-School Coupon Book

A fellow homeschool Mom shared this with our email support group. I think it’s a WONDERFUL idea.

I can NOT wait to do this!!!


Ideas for this coupon book could be:

*stay up 1/2 late

*no math day

*no chores for the day

*choose movie for family movie night

*extra helping of dessert

*sleep in bed an extra 1 hr. late before school

The ideas are numerous.

I think this would be a great first day of school gift.

I’ll post more ideas for back to school gift/creative ideas for our children.


Printable Coupon Favor Book for the Kids: Easy Step-by-Step Instructions

By Amy Suardi of Frugal Mama

“I do this every year for the first day of school for my kids as gifts and put it on the table with a new pencil and a candy bar, plus a sign that says Welcome to ____ Grade. I do coupons for a later bedtime, a QT drink, choosing the family movie, an extra helping of dessert, a day with no math or other subject, etc…whatever they like… and I do about 6 coupons per kid. Just thought I would share- it is basically free and my kids really look forward to it every year.”

Read more at the below weblink.


This coupon book is free and anyone of us can make it for our children!! 

What a great idea!