Thursday, August 2, 2012

My first day of school tradition!

I have a little more than a month before my kinders coming bustin' through my front door, but I realize many of you are right on the brink of that 'first day mayhem fun.' 

While this has nothing to do with my classroom, I wanted to share with you a bit of a McGuire First Day of School tradition here in the North County.  Anyone who knows me knows I love all things magical and mysterious that will keep my own children 'little' for as long as possible.  It's why I do St. Patrick's day up so big, why the tooth fairy leaves glitter so you can see how she got in and out and also why every year, the night before school, the First Day of School Fairy sometimes find her way into our home.  (I leave the windows unlocked for her.)

There are always supplies and items that my three boys 4,6, and 8 are going to need for school anyway . . . (yes, this is last year and even the littlest was remembered by the fairy!)

She leaves them a little note of encouragement for the first day!

It's so exciting that my little guys are usually up before first light, hoping she brought them everything they need for that first day (even if mom and dad aren't quite awake).

I almost can't wait for school to start just to have the first day a school fairy return.  Now if only I could get her to stop off at my classroom and  show this teacher a little first day of school attention. Hmmmm . . .

What's your back to school traditions?  I'd love to hear from you.


  1. What a cute idea and tradition! Your boys must love this!
    Conversations in Literacy

  2. Love this idea. I wish I could still get away with it for my boys.

  3. Cute idea! I am definitely doing this - thanks for the inspiration!!

  4. What a sweet, fun, and memorable tradition. Your boys are super lucky!

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  5. What a sweet, fun, and memorable tradition. Your boys are super lucky!

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  6. Oh how cute. I don't think it will work with my college kids but maybe grandchildren some day. My mom always made me a special breakfast on the first day of school.

  7. What an amazing way to start the year for your kiddos! THey are soooo lucky! :0)
    Kindergarten Lifestyle

  8. I love this idea! I may have to institute a similar tradition now! The tooth fairy always leaves notes, leprechauns go wild in our house and Santa always tracks in snow and leaves a hand written letter, but I never though of a back to school fairy! Thanks for sharing!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  9. Love this!! Can't wait to do this with my kids!

  10. Oh my goodness! Just saw how cute this idea is on Pinterest! I love it! I am your newest follower!

    Little Lovely Leaders

  11. I am so in love with this idea! Thank you so much Marsha for sharing it! It is adorable! :)
    Crayons and Curls

  12. What a sweet idea! I can't wait to do this with my boys!!!

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    Kinder Journey

  13. Adorable! I've pinned this so I remember to do this for my own daughter. You are fabulous!

    Mrs. Lirette's Learning Detectives

  14. Hi Marsha!! I love your Blog!!! We do "The Back-Pack Fairy" at our house!! I started it when my babies were in Day Care and now they are in First Grade and Fourth Grade and still look forward to the First Day of Schol when "The Back-Pack Fairy" comes!! I am with you!! Anything to make the event Magical and memorable!!!! We live close to Disney and still do the Disney Fairy before making the 3 hour Trek to Orlando!!

  15. Great idea and blog!
    Thanks for caring and sharing with everyone.
    Mrs. Jackson's Classroom-Pre-K-12 Themes, Lesson Plans, Resources, Activities, Crafts, Ideas

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