NEWLY REVISED FOR 2016/2017: Who doesn’t love first day of school signs?!?! Especially when they are free! As homeschoolers, I think we sometimes miss out on the fun little milestones and markers that happen when your kids go to school, but it doesn’t have to be that way! This year, I challenge you to take back to school photos with all of your children! Find a cozy little spot, dress them all up, give them a handful of books and snap away! Time flies and these little moments disappear if we don’t make them happen!
This year I was determined to do first day of school signs with the kids, but I wanted something fun and bright and interesting. Make sure you pause and hover over this image, you’ll see a pink flag in the top left hand corner, pin it for later!
As I went in to change the year from last years’ printable, I just wasn’t fully happy with it. It looked too busy and just a little less professional than I would have hoped, so I had myself some fun redesigning it for you guys. I am pretty happy with this design and most likely will just change the year moving forward, unless I get struck by inspiration 😉 However, as I was in there, I remembered that I had received a few comments that they found the above colors a little too girly with the whole hot pink flag and all. Some of their boys wouldn’t hold the signs, especially the older kids. So I decided to create a more neutral colored sign as well. Not only that… but remember that I change the wording on the signs as we get to the older kids. So while preschool-grade 7 says “when I grow up I want to be” grade 8-11 says “when I graduate I want to” and grade 12 says “when I graduate I’m going to”. I hope that will make the signs more customizable for you, I hope your older kids won’t feel too embarrassed using them and you can still get some fun traditions in!
How to use First Day of School Signs
I designed these first day of school signs to be 5×7. They can be printed off either at home (I recommend printing on cardstock if you can) or at a photo place. I made sure to get these out to you early so that you have time to pop in and print them at your local photo lab if you prefer. I recommend printing them in matte if you are getting them done as a photograph, just so the sun or flash doesn’t glare off of them (you wouldn’t see them in the picture then). As every printer is different, you will most likely have to play with your printer settings to get it to the size you want, make sure you look at your print preview first so you don’t waste any of that precious printer ink!
I DEFINITELY recommend to do them in color! To grab your free download, simply put in your name and e-mail address below and it will be sent directly to your inbox! Don’t forget to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your contact list so it doesn’t go to your junk or spam folder! There are two forms, the first one is for the bright coloured one that has some pink flags, the second box is for the neutral coloured one.
I designed these first day of school signs to be free so that everyone could take advantage of them but you can help me continue to create free content by sharing this post below! More than a click of a button though, I want to see your photos! I get such a kick out of seeing your kids using and enjoying my printables! It inspires me to want to make more and I love showing my kids “hey guys, THIS is what mom does into the wee hours of the morn ;)” So PLEASE tag me on your posts, whether that be on Facebook or Instagram, my Instagram page is instagram.com/hiphomeschooling. Come over, follow me, tag me and I’ll pop over and comment and follow you back!