Monday, July 30, 2012

The Schultute - Our Favorite Back to School Tradition

We don't know each other very well, but I am a dork.   I love back to school.   Not school necessarily, but the school supplies and new shoes and the fun stuff.

Since we homeschool we try to make the first days of back to school a LOT of fun.    One of our traditions is to make a schultute to hang on the boys' doors on the first morning.   I wish I could say I thought of this fun idea, but it was our friend who started this tradition for us our first year of homeschooling.    None of my schultutes have lived up to that first year's magic, but it is always fun for the boys to see what will be in their "cones".

A schultute is a German tradition and they look like this...

Very simple!   Cones filled with back to school goodies.

Some of the goodies that will be in our schultute this year are...

A new set of ear buds.   These are a necessity at our house during the school year.
My boys say it is easier to stay focused when they can listen to any lessons with their ear buds in their ears rather than over the speakers over the speakers.

A Quiznos gift card so we can bike down the street for lunch.

A random assortment of school supplies such as pens, pencils, erasers, post-it notes and yes -- even a box of Crayons!

A $5 bill so we can go and buy school supplies for our Operation Christmas Child as well as extras for our supply closet at church.

and their favorite item of all..

One pass that says....

"I Choose Not To Have School Today!"

What are your back to school traditions?

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