On the first official day of a new school year we take pictures of the kids. Here is a collage of last year's pictures.
We refill their school supply boxes with new, fresh school supplies. My daughter, K is like me - she loves a NEW box of crayons. This year, I have a little fun surprise (not school related) I am going to hide in each of their school supply boxes - I can't wait to see their surprised little faces!
We usually get things rolling with what I call a "slow start." The first week we don't do ALL the subjects, we gradually get up to speed. This makes this easier on all of us, and helps me evaluate whether the schedule I have on paper actually plays out in real life.