Traditions for Back to School ~ Not Back to School Blog Hop 2020

Traditions for Back To School

We are taking most of August off of school since we have been going full force through June and July. With the COVID-19 travel restrictions, the closure of all of the girls’ summer activities/camps, hot summer months in Texas, and summer dance class options providing a full class schedule, we decided to push through to the end of July. We officially started our year at the beginning of July. The girls have almost 5 weeks of classes done at this point and we’ll start again, probably after Labor Day when dance starts back.

I have written about our 1st day of school traditions a couple of times in past blog hops and I don’t want to rehash it all again. So, I’m going to point you back to a couple of the past posts. In 2016, I wrote Tradition! Tradition. In 2015, I wrote 1st Day Traditions.

First Day Traditions

We still do new school supplies, but now it is as needed since the girls have really settled in on their favorites of different things. They like different kinds of pencils, have smaller needs for crayons and notebooks, and each have specific needs for their classes.

We will do donuts for breakfast when we officially start again. We will likely not go out to eat since it is not very fun option right now. We will get a new outfit for each of the girls. We will definitely do signs with the grade level on them. (In fact, one of the girls has already said she missed doing that back at the beginning of July.)

We will add another tradition this year though. We started it last year when we had to make a trip to a dance store in a neighboring big city to have one of the girls fitted for pointe shoes. We will be doing that again soon but this year, two of the girls will be fitted for point shoes. All of the girls need at least one pair of new dance shoes. They worked hard this last year and shoes wear out. So, new dance shoes have become another tradition for the start of school.

Do you have a fun or favorite tradition?


Lots of other Crew members are writing about their traditions today so visit the Crew blog to find the blog hop. (My platform just doesn’t allow for the hop to post thumbnail images and links on this page, so please do visit the Crew post for that.) There have been some fun traditions I have read about today so maybe you’ll find a new one for your own family.

Lori, At Home.


16 thoughts on “Traditions for Back to School ~ Not Back to School Blog Hop 2020

  1. Annette Vellenga (@athomepets) August 10, 2020 at 10:20 pm Reply

    ah…that’s sweet that your girls miss their traditions. Good to get back to them eh? Enjoy your month off! It’s well-earned!

    • 3gigglygirlsathome August 11, 2020 at 12:03 pm Reply

      It is fun to see what becomes a tradition in their eyes and allows me to make those things important.

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  4. finchnwren August 11, 2020 at 10:18 am Reply

    Love that pic of the big, beautiful box of crayons and markers! And I am envious of y’all’s dance programs. Good for them–ballet is wonderful in any form or fashion but pointe shoes add a whole new level of beauty. 🙂

    • 3gigglygirlsathome August 11, 2020 at 12:04 pm Reply

      Aw, thanks. Dance is what makes this virus stuff manageable for us. Our studio is fabulous and we are so thankful for them.

      • finchnwren August 11, 2020 at 12:06 pm

        I’m so glad y’all get to do that. I haven’t done ballet myself in years but have taken it up again recently for stretching and strength building (via YouTube lessons). It’s just such a lovely exercise!

      • 3gigglygirlsathome August 11, 2020 at 12:12 pm

        Can you link the YouTube you are looking at for it? With the break this month for the dance studio, my middle child might like to look at some videos.

      • finchnwren August 11, 2020 at 12:42 pm

        Oh Lori, I will, but she’s so far advanced from these, I know. It will give her a 15-20 minute workout. I can’t link from on my Kindle, but it’s a YouTube channel called Ballet Based Movement. The series is Beginner’s Ballet for Seniors and Beginners. She does it with her older mom with tall chairs for a barre. Like I said, for me, it’s great stretch and core work. But I am not a teen in toe shoes! 😄

      • 3gigglygirlsathome August 11, 2020 at 3:23 pm

        Thanks! I’ll show it to her. Sometimes, just having someone different offers a good workout! Thank you! I may try it myself, too. I need some good core workouts.

      • finchnwren August 11, 2020 at 8:50 pm

        It’s very gentle. And I haven’t been doing it very long. But I can tell a difference in my core, my posture, and muscle strength. She has lots of videos, too.

  5. Kristen August 11, 2020 at 10:08 pm Reply

    So glad to hear that you will be able to get out and get new dance shoes for the girls. It is has been a very interesting summer so far.

  6. Adrienne August 12, 2020 at 2:09 pm Reply

    I love the idea of making signs for each grade We have never done it before! Thanks for the idea!

  7. Yvonne August 12, 2020 at 4:49 pm Reply

    Donuts are a special treat for us! I am hoping to be able to travel soon to the coast so we can get our donut fill. It’s always fun getting out to go shopping, last year my son got his backpack. Not sure what we will do this year with the restrictions.

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