I still think of the day after Labor Day the official start of the school year (although my kids have been back to school for two weeks already).
In Germany, there’s a lovely first-day-of-school tradition called a “Schultüte” or School Cone. Parents prepare a giant cardboard cone and fill it with back-to-school supplies, candies, and other small goodies. This gift, rather like an academic Christmas stocking, makes the first day of school extra special. The tradition dates back to the early 1800′s in Germany, and was implemented at our house this fall.
Source: Foreign Language Fun website
I surprised my son with a Schultüte on his first day of First Grade. I filled it with sweet treats including German gummy bears to add some cultural flavor.
Just another "Ethnic Scrapbooking" Tip from, Lisa, author of Ethnic Scrapbooking.