Well, today was the day...Back To School! Each year we kick off the first day of school with a schultüte. Schultütes are a German tradition that date back to the 1810.
On their first day of school German kids receive a schultüte, which is a large cardboard cornet filled with sweets and little presents. When we decided to homeschool I wanted to find a tradition we could adopt to make our first day back exciting and special. I started searching for back to school traditions and came across the schultüte. I made them last year and they were a huge hit with the kids...T has been asking me for weeks when he was going to get his cone:) They are very easy to make. First I twisted a large sheet of poster board into a cone shape. Then I hot glued it together and trimmed the top to make it level all the way around. Next I tapped wrapping paper onto the outside, and placed tissue paper around the top. Finally you stuff it full of goodies and affix a ribbon. Our cones were filled with school supplies, snacks, stickers, one back to school outfit, and a small toy. Here is a tutorial I found if you want more details and pictures.
We had a very successful day without ANY complaining or foot dragging. So...... 1 day down, and 179 days to go:)