Resources › For Educators Back to School Printables Share Flipboard Email Print Elkhamlichi Jaouad / EyeEm / Getty Images For Educators Homeschooling Spelling Geography Becoming A Teacher Assessments & Tests Elementary Education Secondary Education Special Education Teaching By Beverly Hernandez Homeschooling Expert Beverly Hernandez is a veteran homeschooler and the former administrator of a large independent study program. our editorial process Beverly Hernandez Updated July 24, 2019 Back-to-school season is such an exciting time of year! It means catching up with friends, getting back to routine, shiny new school supplies, and learning new things. Back-to-School Tips There are some steps that you can take to make sure that back-to-school time goes smoothly for your children: If sleep schedules have gotten off track over the summer, begin making adjustments a couple of weeks before school starts. Back up bedtimes by 5 to 15 minutes a night until you're back to a regular bedtime.Build excitement for the first day. Go shopping for new school supplies or a backpack together. If you homeschool, decorate the schoolroom or let your students help choose the curriculum they'll be using or the books they'll be reading. Plan something special for the first day. Have a family favorite for breakfast, go out to eat, or plan a fun field trip.Ease back into the routine. Homeschooling families shouldn't feel that they have to jump into every subject the first week. Choose a couple of core subjects and one or two electives. Then, add in one or two subjects each week until you're back to a full course load. Use the following free printables to celebrate back-to-school time in your homeschool or classroom. 01 of 09 Back to School Wordsearch Print the pdf: Back to School Word Search Get back in an academic mindset with this fun word search puzzle featuring twenty words associated with school. Each term from the word bank can be found among the jumbled letters in the puzzle. 02 of 09 Back to School Alphabetizing Activity Print the pdf: Back to School Alphabet Activity Young students can get back in the swing of alphabetizing by putting these twenty back-to-school-themed words in alphabetical order. 03 of 09 Back to School Bookmarks and Pencil Toppers Print the pdf: Back to School Bookmarks and Pencil Toppers Page Your students can decorate their freshly-sharpened pencils with festive, back-to-school pencil toppers, and mark their place in their new books with colorful, school-themed bookmarks. Let young children work on their fine motor skills by cutting out the bookmarks and pencil toppers. Use a hole punch to make holes on the pencil topper tabs. Then, insert a pencil through the two holes on each. 04 of 09 Back to School Visor Print the pdf: Back to School Visor (Girls or Boys) Cut out the visor and punch holes in the spots indicated. Tie an elastic string to the visor to fit your student's head size. Alternately, you can use yarn or non-elastic string. For this option, use two pieces and tie a bow in back to fit your child's head. 05 of 09 Back to School Door Hangers Print the pdf: Back to School Door Hangers Decorate your home or classroom for the first day of school with these festive door hangers. You or your students should cut out each door hanger. Cut along the dotted line to create the top circle. Hang on doorknobs and cabinets. 06 of 09 Back to School Theme Paper Print the pdf: Back to School Theme Paper Get your students back in the habit of writing with this colorful back-to-school printable. They can use it to write about their summer break or expectations for the upcoming school year, or even a poem about school or their favorite subject. Classroom or co-op instructors may wish to ask students to write about one thing their teacher or classmates should know about them. 07 of 09 Back to Homeschool Coloring Page Print the pdf: Back to School Coloring Page Coloring pages provide excellent fine motor skills practice for young students. They are also perfect for use as a quiet activity during read-aloud time. 08 of 09 Back to School Coloring Page Print the pdf: Back to School Let's Get Studying As your students color this page, talk to them about developing good study habits. For young students, these habits might include listening carefully to instructions, asking questions about things they don't understand, and keeping their papers organized in a folder or binder. 09 of 09 Back to School Coloring Page Print the pdf: Back to School Coloring Page While your students color this page, chat with them about their favorite books or share tips about taking care of library books.