Summer is starting to reach its end, which means we are looking ahead to a new school year again. For many young kids (and parents!) this time of year can cause a lot of stress. Did you buy everything? Will the children like their classmates? Has childcare been arranged? Do we have all the right props for the perfect “first day of the year-” photo? Not every country celebrates the first day the way we do in the United States, so what do they do instead?
German kids are looking forward to the first day of school for weeks. They have the very exciting tradition of bringing a Schultüte, a big paper cone, filled with all the goodies kids could use. Commonly it contains school supplies, candies, and small toys. Parents either make and fill the cone themselves or buy a filled one from the stores. One thing is certain, it makes the first day of school a blast for sure!
Unlike the United States, Japan starts their school year in April, around the time the Sakura, or cherry blossom, is most beautiful. New students are welcomed through a welcoming ceremony in which they are taken under the wings by older students who bring them to their new classrooms. On the first day, it is a tradition for the new students to do origami, a nice and fun way to ease into the new year.
Dutch children are among the happiest children in the world. Why you ask? It must be the chocolate sprinkle breakfast, and the bike rides they take to school. On the first day of school, many Dutch parents will load their kids up in the cargo bike and bike them to school. Many kids are looking forward to the first day of school as every morning is a small celebration.
Tips to Prepare the Kids in Your Life for Their First Day of School
There are many great online tips on how to prepare for the first day of school. Whether they address some organizational tips, or a grocery checklist, it’s good to be prepared and reduce the stress you and your kids will face. If you want to really master the start of a new school year, don’t forget to get these book labels so that the books you bought for your kids won’t get lost when they take them to school. Similarly, if you’re tired of getting yet another 10 pack of pencils that get lost as soon as they arrive with your kids at school, consider these cool personalized metallic pencils. Your kids will for sure stand out with them, and not lose a pencil again! Don’t forget your teacher – start the year right and surprise her with personalized Post-it notes to keep track of her daily to-dos.
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