First Day of School Letter Board Ideas

It’s that time of year when your social media feeds are absolutely FLOODED with photos of kids holding signs on their first day of school. I absolutely love seeing how my friends’ and families’ kids have grown…especially when they are dragging their feet and putting on a sour puss for the first day of school. But even more so, I love the creative signs and captions. Have writer’s block due to the first day jitters? Then rely on me, your favorite blogger, and use some of these First Day of School Letter Board Ideas:

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Get Silly

The first day of school can be filled with TONS of different emotions for both students and parents, so why not fill your letter board with a cheeky message? This year will be the first one when BOTH of my boys will be at school all day, so I’m going to feel like an empty nester on the walk back from school (our dog is going to get more attention than she has had in YEARS). If you are like me, own the tears and call yourself out on a silly letter board.

Show Off Your Child’s Personality

One of the most important things we can teach our kids is to be unique and celebrate what makes them different…so why not spell out a letter board message that showcases your child’s one-of-a-kind personality? When I asked my youngest what he wanted his letter board to say, he didn’t hesitate whatsoever in making his “Too Cool for School” Letter Board.

Play with Words

Instead of simply stating “First Day of First Grade,” think about how you can play with words a little bit. For example, “Ready to Rock First Grade” or “Look Out First Grade” is so much more playful and fun.

Set a Goal

It’s always fun to ask kids questions about the future to see what their reactions will be. The classic prompt of “What do you want to be when you grow up?” will offer a ton of fun responses perfect for a First Day of School Letter Board.

Get In On the Fun

Finally, be sure to grab a letter board for yourself. This year is the first time both of my boys are going to school full time so I am SO THANKFUL that I can step up my writing career and get more accomplished with my boys busy at school all day. It’s a bittersweet moment but one I think ALL of us were ready for.

Need a letter board last minute? You are in luck! Target always has a ton in stock and their same day pick up service must have been created for procrastinating parents…am I right? Check these letter boards out.

Check out my other “Back to School” tips here.

Have a great first day!


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  1. Tami says

    I love this! We are homeschooling, but I still want a way to document those special days. This would be perfect and I think I could keep up with a letter board.

    • Amanda says

      And there are so many great learning opportunities with letter boards. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  2. Jen says

    Oh wow! I just love this idea and it’s perfect. I love the idea of letting the kids show off their personality, plus this is fun. Thanks for sharing.

    • Amanda says

      My kids love coming up with crazy sayings…needless to say we will be taking fun photos the entire school year!

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