Looking for cute ways to commemorate the start of another school year? Look no further than this first day of school chalkboard sign! It’s fun, frugal, and full of classic “school” imagery.
There are a lot of ways you can celebrate the start of a new school year, and amid all the back-to-school chaos, I applaud you for taking a moment to do any of them! If you’re looking for a simple and frugal option that’s cute and versatile, you can’t go wrong with this DIY first day of school chalkboard sign (or any of the first day of school sign printables in this post). And don’t worry, there isn’t that much “doing” in this DIY first day of school sign idea! 😉
Tip: If feelings of stress and anxiety are your response to hearing “back-to-school season,” maybe this back-to-school checklist or the tips below on how to snag free stuff and save money on school supplies can help!
DIY First Day of School Chalkboard Sign
Does anything say “school” quite like a chalkboard? That plus the words “first day” written in what looks like chalk and an apple make this template a super fitting “my first day of school” sign. And while the first day of school chalkboard sign in this post says “kindergarten,” you’re actually getting much more than just one DIY first day of school chalkboard sign! That’s right, this is a whole bundle with a sign for every grade from preschool through 12th!
That means you can easily turn this first day of school sign idea into a new tradition in your home! Each year, have your child pose with the same “my first day of school” sign design (just swapped for the appropriate grade) and snap a photo. Keep each photo and enjoy a walk down memory lane in the years to come! 🙂
First and Last Day of School Chalkboard Signs
One way to take this new family tradition up a notch, so to speak, is with first and last day of school chalkboard signs! That’s right, there’s a matching last day of school chalkboard sign bundle here. Now you can capture a visual of your child’s progress over the course of each school year; trust me, looking back, you’ll be amazed at how much they can grow and change in a single year!
If you’re collecting these first and last day of school chalkboard signs in some kind of scrapbook or album and you want to add a little more, consider having your kid complete a back-to-school goals worksheet each year. At the end of the year, have them revisit the sheet and check off any accomplishments. While the photos will give you a visual of his or her progress, the goals worksheet will give you more of a cognitive snapshot of his or her development.
Bonus: If you don’t want matching first and last day of school chalkboard signs, here’s more printable last day of school signs.
Tips to Save Money on School Supplies
Here are some ways you may be able to save money on school supplies this year!
- Free School Supplies for College Students
- Free School Supplies: Where to Find Them
- How to Get School Supplies for Free or on the Cheap
And if you want to have one last hurrah before school starts, use these tips to find fun free things to do near me.
More First Day of School Sign Printables
If the first day of school chalkboard sign template didn’t inspire you, check out some additional DIY first day of school sign ideas below! And don’t be afraid to mix it up or get creative. While using the same “my first day of school” sign idea template each year can provide a more cohesive look in an album or scrapbook, your child changes year-over-year so it’s probably okay for your creative direction to change as well. 😉
Pandemic First Day of School Sign Printable
It can be hard to find any sort of silver lining amidst the pandemic; however, I think one thing worth celebrating is how your child rose to the occasion. This pandemic themed first day of school sign printable can be a great option to augment your usual first day of school chalkboard signs.
Tip: If your child is struggling during this unprecedented time, consider having him or her try one of these free printable self esteem worksheets. In addition, if he or she feels anxious or overwhelmed, coloring may be able to help as it can produce a state of relaxation on par with meditation! Snag some fun and free (or frugal) printable coloring pages here.
Dots First Day of School Sign Printable
Is your kid growing up faster than you thought possible? I know the feeling! If you also feel like maybe he or she is outgrowing some of the “cuter” DIY first day of school sign ideas, this template may be a great alternative. It’s still cute, with multi-colored polka dots, but it isn’t overly childish. Plus, it’s gender neutral.
Pencil Themed First Day of School Sign Printable
Another gender neutral “my first day of school” sign option is the pencil themed bundle. One thing I really love about this bundle is that it comes with “traditional” first day of school sign printables (for kids that are catching the school bus) as well as homeschool and distance learning options. Yep, you get them all! Plus, there are signs for grades preschool through 12th so you can keep the tradition alive throughout your kid’s entire pre-college academic career! 🙂
Examples of the homeschool and distance learning options are below.
Homeschool First Day of School Sign Printable
Distance Learning First Day of School Sign Printable
Free First Day of School Sign Printable
Last but not least is the free first day of school sign printable. Now, with this option there is a little bit of “doing.” You have the opportunity to write both your child’s grade and teacher’s name on the printable. This can be done on the Word document (before you print the sign) or hand-written on the PDF version of the DIY first day of school sign post-printing.
Bonus: Looking for more back-to-school freebies to keep your kids entertained (and educated) while they wait for the school bell to ring? Here are some of my favorites!
- 3 Free Printable Preschool ABC Worksheets
- 15 First Day of School FREE Printables
- 7 FREE Printable Back to School Word Searches
- Free Printable Back to School Coloring Sheets
And for all you teacher’s out there, don’t miss this free teacher welcome letter template, which can help you start the year off on the right foot!