13 Fun First Day of Homeschool Ideas with Free Printables

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As we head towards our first day of homeschool, I like to try and find homeschool fun activities for us to do, but also take some time to reflect on previous years.

We always create some all about me questions and back to school mad libs, which you can download for free at the end of this post.

I have put together our favorite first day of homeschool ideas for you to enjoy with your kids.

If you are looking for free first day of homeschool printables check out the best 6 we have on the blog.

Back to homeschool ideas

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Back to Homeschool Ideas

Before we start we always take a photo with our first day of homeschool sign. I know we are not a public school family, but why should we all miss out on the photo? It always makes me laugh when we see homeschool families with the kids wearing their pajamas and laughing!

Back to School Mad Libs

We absolutely love mad libs, it starts the day with a big smile on both of our faces. We just have an absolute blast. I have created two back to homeschool mad libs for you to download for free at the end of this post.

We hope you have as much fun as we do playing it! Or check out the original Mad Libs book here.

back to school mad libs

Homeschool gift

Why not treat the kids to a new homeschool planner so they can keep track of their work?

Or why not really treat them with some of our back to homeschool gift ideas?

Educational Board Games

Play educational board games and have a gameschool day! Why not have fun learning, especially on the first day of homeschool.

Homeschool All About Me

This is a great way to find out what your kids are thinking. Now as homeschool moms we think we already know, well I did! It was certainly eye-opening some of his answers. I have created a free download for you, that you can grab at the end of this post.

The best answer that Freddie gave this year, was:

When I am older I want to be………. the CFO for Disney

Maybe he should focus a little more on schoolwork, but hey, dream big baby. I was very proud!!

We have added another all about me worksheet that you can also download for free, which involves coloring too.

Homeschool all about me questionnaire

Treasure Hunt

If you love scavenger hunts as much as we do, why not hide all of their homeschool supplies.

We do this every year, it is so much fun. If you have older children why not create an escape room with these really easy-to-make escape room puzzle ideas!

Download our free homeschool scavenger hunt and get the kids to find all of their new and old stationery.

Special Breakfast

Start the day the right way, by giving them their all-time favorite breakfast. They will be super impressed, especially if you are anything like me, and he normally has toast 99% of the time. So switch it up a bit, and they will feel so special.

Have a Day Out

This is especially good if your first day of homeschool is the same as the public school kids. Take them to the zoo or the water park, it will be empty!

Take Lots of Breaks

You don’t need to homeschool for 6 hours a day (and in fact, I definitely don’t recommend it), but make sure you all take lots of breaks.

Get them to play on the trampoline (check out over 26 trampoline benefits for kids) or in the swimming pool if you are lucky enough to have one. Or just go for a walk, anything to get them moving.

Online Games

Play educational online games, our favorites are Prodigy for math, typing games, and Night Zookeeper (check it out for yourself here (or if you are in the UK here) where you will get a 7 day free trial plus an exclusive 50% off.)

Freddie chooses to play these on a weekend, so if I said on his first day of homeschool he could play them, he would be delighted.


kids picnic

Homeschool activities shouldn’t be boring, and they don’t nee to be inside! Depending on the weather, you could have a carpet picnic, or enjoy the nice weather. Or why not order a take-out?

Online Class

Have a fun lesson on Outschool or Allschool. Freddie has most recently taken magic classes and star wars classes on Outschool. He has never had a bad class, and it is something different than schoolwork! Check out our Outschool review for more information.

First day of homeschool fun

Kids Subscription Box

We currently have three monthly subscription boxes that we love, Mel Science (check out our Mel science review to see what promo codes we have available.), KiwiCo (use code BRIGHT for exclusive 40% off your first box), there are so many subscription boxes to choose from for kids aged 3-18, and Comic Garage is another excellent box we subscribe to.

Check out even more subscription boxes for tweens here. Check out our review of Kiwico Eureka Crate (with an exclusive 40% coupon code).

Star Wars

Why not have a Star Wars day, or even a month! We have created a list of Star Wars activities so you can study every subject while having fun! Included are lots of free Star Wars printables you can download too, including word searches and coloring cards.

Download Free First Day of Homeschool Printables

Make sure you choose the correct paper size and click on the shrink to fit button. All of our free printables work better when printed on cardstock (this is the one we use and love.)

Let me know what you do for your first day of homeschool in the comments.

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Last Updated on 20 November 2022 by homeschoolof1


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