I know that for kids the first day of school can be scary and exciting. So I have tried to make the first day of school a fun day at our house. This year, I had the door decorated with "Good Luck in 4th grade" by using Crayola Window Markers which are really a lot of fun to leave messages on windows and mirrors. Anyhow, then I usually try to find 1 school supply that wasn't really needed but wanted and I purchase it without my kids knowing about it. Then on the first day of school, the kitchen table is set for breakfast and there is a new supply at their spot too. This year it was twist-up colored pencils for Robert and a new Thomas the Train book for Garrett. This is also one of the days that Garrett and I go with Robert to the bus stop across the road, and we do the usual first day of school photos (which I try to do at the same place so I can see how the kids have grown)
I also try very hard to make sure that I have cleared the calendar for when Robert gets home to hear all about his day. It sometimes takes a little bit of time for Robert to tell me details of the day, but usually by bed a have a pretty good look at what the day was like.
So what do you do for the first day of school?