Believe it or not, the new school year is right around the corner. As a parent, I know this time of year can be stressful (and expensive)! However, don’t forget that it’s also a time to celebrate your kid’s progress, and a great way to do that is with this free first day of school sign printable for the 2021-2022 school year!
Give yourself (and your wallet) a break, and take a moment to celebrate the start of another school year. Celebrate the return of a normal schedule for your little one as well as activities that will consistently challenge his or her brain. Celebrate the extinction of “I’m bored” (well, at least until the weekend, at which point you can use these tips to find fun free things to do near me). Celebrate your child’s growth and progress with this free printable first day of school sign! 🙂
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FREE First Day of School Sign Printable
Each year, the first day of school marks an important milestone for your child. It’s the start of a new year … a year that will hold obstacles, challenges, rewards, and surprises. There will be new skills learned, new friends made, and a slew of other “new” things. While all of this newness may be a little scary (for you as well as your child), it is also exciting and something you’ll want to remember for years to come. Use this free editable first day of school sign to help you commemorate your child’s first day of school, no matter what grade he or she is starting.
There are a lot of DIY first day of school sign ideas on the Internet, specifically Pinterest; however, I’m a big fan of this one because it’s free and simple. You’ve already got enough to do to get your kid ready for the big day, right? (And if you think you don’t, maybe check out this back-to-school checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything!)
Using this free printable first day of school sign couldn’t be easier! Simply customize the Word document version or download the PDF (if you want to hand write your child’s grade and teacher’s name) and then print. Have your child pose with the first day of school sign free printable while wearing that adorable back-to-school outfit you bought him or her and snap a photo!
But don’t stop there. Make this a tradition! Every year, on the first day of school, snap a picture of your child holding the free editable first day of school sign (or one of the frugal-not-free “my first day of school” signs below) and compile the photos in an album.
Want to take it a step further? Alright Super Mom (or Dad)! Combine the free printable first day of school sign photo with a list of “firsts” for the year, preferably written on a pretty piece of paper or stationary. You can further flesh out that academic album by including a completed back-to-school goals worksheet and printable last day of school signs for each year.
All of this can be put together in a scrapbook for you and your child to reminisce over for years to come! (You can also use it as a way to embarrass him or her when dating becomes a concern. 😉 )
So, what are you waiting for? Download your free editable first day of school signs now!
You can grab the customizable Word document printable here or PDF, which you can print out and hand write on, here.
Cheap First Day of School Sign Printables
Not a fan of the first day of school sign free printable? Don’t worry, there are plenty more DIY first day of school sign ideas where that came from, and while they aren’t free, they are affordable!
Pencil First Day of School Sign Printable
The pencil themed “my first day of school” sign covers your kid’s entire pre-college academic career. Yep, these bundles span preschool through 12th grade making it super simple to keep the tradition alive.
While these aren’t technically DIY first day of school sign ideas (since there’s no “doing” involved, unless printing counts), they’re super flexible and can be made to fit a variety of situations including distance learning and homeschooling.
Snag the pencil themed first day of school sign printable bundle here.
Dot First Day of School Sign Ideas
If you’re concerned that some of the other first day of school sign printables might be a little too cutesy, especially as your child grows, try this dot template. The dot “my first day of school” sign is a little more abstract and may be more “palatable” to older kids.
Grab the dot “my first day of school” signs here.
Pandemic First Day of School Sign Printables
Okay, I know that most of us are ready to write the pandemic off and never think of it again. I hear you, and the past year was definitely a rough one (to put it mildly). However, I think it may be worth documenting, at least in some small way, how your kid rose to the challenge! The pandemic first day of school sign printable notes the obstacles of the past year without harping on them.
Snag the pandemic themed first day of school sign idea here.
First Day of School Chalkboard Sign Printable
What could say school better than a chalkboard, right? The first day of school chalkboard sign printable, complete with “first day” written in what appears to be chalk and an apple, is a classic option for your new family tradition.
As with some of the other first day of school sign printables, there isn’t much DIY here. It’s really a print and photograph option, but that’s okay. Trust me, you’re going to need all of your energy for the million and one other back-to-school things on your list! 😉
Grab the first day of school chalkboard sign theme here.
More Back to School School Printables
Check your ink cartridge and prepare for fun—here are even more back to school printables!
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How do you celebrate the start of the school year? Any fun family traditions? Share your favorite back to school activities in the comments!
Megan Brewer says
Do you have a last day of school sign just like this one? Please help!
Hi Megan, I don’t but that’s a great idea! Thanks! 🙂 Kelli
Miss Kitty says
For the last 3 years, I have hand written a yellow sticky note with “LAST” so I can use the same sign for first day and last day photos 🙂
I love this sign!! Did you happen to make one similar for last day of school? Thank you SO much for sharing!!!!!!
You are very welcome, Arlene! 🙂 Kelli
I really like the sign and would love to know the fonts used for both “the first day of” and “school”
I can’t find them anywhere! please help
Thank you for sharing information about such a nice goods 🙂
My pleasure, Lisa. 🙂 Kelli
Love the first day of school sign! thank you for sharing! Is there any way you have the same format for the last day of school?
Thanks so much!
My pleasure, Heather. I don’t have one for the last day of school. I’ll add that to my to do list. 🙂 Kelli
I’m looking forward to using your first day of school sign. Do you have a last day of school one? It wouldn’t need to have a teachers name but just the spot where you could write the grade.
Hi Laurie, I don’t but I’ll add it to my to do list. 🙂 Kelli
Mailyn Torres says
Thank you for sharing!
Marie Ano says
Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂