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First Day of School Photos

By Brenda Ponnay

Today was my daughter’s first day of kindergarten. It was a pretty big deal so I decided to commemorate the day with a little photo session.


I printed up a sign and had her pose with it. As you can see she’s a bit of a ham when the camera comes out.


Then we went inside and made a scrapbook page to commemorate her first day of kindergarten. I created a print-out with her name and class information and then a few lines to write her goals down. She can write her name so I let her fill in that part. The rest she dictated to me.


I’ve made one for you if you’d like to play along too.  Click here to download your First Day of School printable.

I want to be a rockstar when I grow up.

I love that she wants to be a rockstar when she grows up but part of me is worried it might actually come true!

kinder goals

First Day of School Printable

I also tried to document the day. This was a little tricky for us since it was an early morning for us (and my daughter likes to go through many wardrobe changes) but I got a few good ones:

life is so funny!

Apparently, breakfast is hilarious when you’re five.

first day of school breakfast

this is how we brush our teeth

Don’t all kids brush their teeth while riding their tricycles? No? Whatever works is what I say.

standing by her classroom door

Then off to school she went! I’m so proud of her.


My baby is growing up!

Find more Back-to-School Ideas here!

Brenda Ponnay
About the Author

Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, mak...

Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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  • Jennyroo

    Oooooooh! I would love to win a target gift card! Pick me, please!

  • Alyssa

    What adorable pictures! 

  • Erin

    Oh I love that idea, it’s adorable and would make a great keepsake. Adorable pictures, she looks so excited for her first day of school!

  • Sally

    Oh, my kids need new pants, so that gift card would be AWESOME.

  • Dawn K.

    My 16 month old grew three shoe sizes this summer. To say she needs new shoes would be an understatement!

  • Dena

    Love first day of school pictures! Love Target!

  • Heather

    They grow up way to fast!

  • kj

    With three growing boys, a Target gift card would be wonderful! 🙂

  • Love, love your printable and photo ideas! Very cute. We start kinder in two days so it’s perfect timing. Also, Target is my favorite shop….shhhh!

  • The printable is adorable! Saving it for the day my little one goes off to school. Sniff sniff. Good thing that’s far away.

    And of course, Target rocks, too!

  • Sonja lange

    We love shopping!

  • Jenn Marez

    She is so big!!! And so beautiful. Congrats to you Brenda for an awesome job getting her ready for her big day 🙂

  • jL

    I have twins that just turned 1 but I am making sure to send the link to this page to myself so I can do this for them in four years when they go to school. How crafty and awesome. Also, your daughter is gorgeous!!!

  • Sam

    I can’t believe Bug is old enough for kindergarten! I love the scrapbook page idea…and the photo, of course. And riding your tricycle while brushing – multi-tasking at such a young age!

  • Brooke

    Your daughter is adorable! My favorite pic is the teeth brushing/ tricycle shot. Way to multi-task!

  • Elizabeth

    What great pictures and what a great idea! I’ll have to do this for my son who starts preschool this year 🙂

  • Julie L

    Your pictures bring back memories of when my daughter was young 🙂

  • Yara

    When she becomes a rockstar (I mean if) I will so buy that album! Oh, and suddenly I’m hoping maybe she becomes a young star, so I don’t feel so old saying “I knew her when she was five!” haha : ) 

  • Katie

    Cool idea. She’s going to get a kick out of reading that someday when she’s older.

  • brandi

    I love that she is brushing her teeth on a tricycle. That rules.

  • Cee

    Adorable – I love that the first dress coordinates with the lunch box!

  • Jenn S

    Such a cute idea!  Have fun in kindergarten Bug!

  • Emily

    What a fun way to commemorate the first day of school. I love the idea of having her write down her goals. That will be fun to look back on over the years!

  • Kim

    Thanks for the printable! M starts kindergarten next Monday and that’s just what we needed! And a Target gift card couldn’t hurt either 😉

  • Elizabeth Hosto

    Such cute pictures, I can’t wait to use this with my boys, one starts 1st grade this year the other preschool! Thanks.

  • Kat

    What a great keepsake idea!

  • Ally

    I could totally use that right now!

  • Mami2jcn

    The toothbrush picture is hilarious!  Thanks for sharing.

  • Kim

    Love the scrapbook page – thanks!

  • uncle shawn

    peace and quiet when they are at school

  • So exciting for Bug, and I love the template! (Although, I had to laugh at the filling in the name part. I also taught Wito how to print his name in all capital letters, and was told by our kinder teacher that “they try to encourage proper use of upper and lowercase letters.” First day, and I’m already doing it wrong! Ha!)

  • Kerri

    I love the idea of taking a picture with the date and school grade.  Cute cute!

  • Jackie Sargent

    Very sweet! I’m sending a kid to college almost a month from today. Wow. Time does fly!

  • Keri

    Love the ideas! I will have to do that this year!

  • Tara V

    What an adorable photo shoot and an ADORABLE kindergartener!

  • Bug is starting Kindergarten?! My how the years fly by. Hope her first day was wonderful, and I hope I get picked for the Target card, I could definitely use it!

  • Amy

    So sweet! My daughter started kindergarten yesterday also! Happy new school year, fun! 

  • Abby

    Hi, this is very fun. thanks!

  • Great idea and great printable, thank you!  And what fun can I have at Target with 100 bones?  A LOT with 3 littles running about! 🙂

  • Kim

    Love the scrapbook page – thanks for sharing!

  • cute ideas!!  I would LOVE to win the gift card too!

  • Lisa

    The pics of your daughter are adorable…and I love Target!

  • Jill

    Your daughter is adorable! I love the sign she’s holding. What a neat idea!

  • chris

    How sweet! I am pregnant with my first and I already feel like the first day of kindergarten is going to come faster than I know it.

  • Krystle

    This is such a fun idea. I hope that I can remember it in 5 years when my baby is going off to school! Thanks!!

  • fingers and toes crossed! pick me! pick me!

  • Very cute! Congrats on the first day and many more to come!

  • tasterspoon

    Wow, your daughter gets a lot done before school! Congratulations to her (and you) on reaching and celebrating this huge milestone.

  • brittany

    i should try brushing my teeth on my bike before school, she makes it look so easy!

  • Michelle G.

    The photos are wonderful, Bug is getting so tall and so pretty!  I hope Kindergarten is wonderful all year long for you and her.

  • WendyLeeLee

    Love the Multitasking ..Brushing Teeth and Riding the Bike Combo…Super Cute! and I have My own “Ham” at Home (My 10year old daughter …But She comes with Ham and Xtra Cheese! lol)

  • Heidi

    Bug is so cute!  I can’t believe she is in school now.  I’ve been reading your blog for so long and I feel like she was just born yesterday!

  • Stacy

    I’m sad that we’ve already got a school memory book, because your printable is SO CUTE, Brenda!

  • Kristen

    Congrats to Bug! And congrats to you, for the free time this gives you! :o)

  • Marlo

    Adorable! I will remember that for when my baby starts school!

  • OMG – cuteness!

  • Kristi G

    My Lilli Bug is starting Kindergarten in about 2 weeks and I am so snatching this printable. Thanks.

  • Laurie

    Sign me up! I’m a mom of three and can always use clothes money.

  • Grace

    Cute idea! Mine will start kindergarten next year. I would love a gift card too! 🙂

  • bouncy

    Adorable pictures!

  • Golden

    here I am! Ok, you can pick ME now!

  • patty lou

    We have photos of our older daughter on the first and last days of school, just to show how much she changed — and how much her style sense changed! The younger one starts preschool next week and is looking forward to her first “front-door photo.”

  • Suzanne P

    great pictures and ideas!

  • I love the pictures! I would really love to win the gift card!

  • Felix

    My daughter loves changing her clothes and putting on fashion shows (and making me take pictures of each outfit she comes out in).

  • flyingbird

    Wonderful pictures!  And thank you for the free download, that is so cute.

  • Merideth

    Bug is so cute. I love that she has a giant tattoo on her arm. My daughter always sported one too.

  • Jen L

    I can’t believe Bug is old enough to be in kindergarten! You both will have so much fun this year! And thanks for the bento box link! My 16 yr will be head over heels for that page :0)

  • pinky

    Absolutely adorable, you will treasure these photos forever! Aw, I can’t believe she’s starting kindergarten already!

  • Nikki Jasper

    She’s LOVELY, and the pictures are so sweet! My big girl started kindergarten today! (Oh, and…. GIFT! CARD! GIFT! CARD!)

  • elz

    I love this printable. Our first day was Monday, but I’m sure we can remember to fill it in tomorrow! Love it. Love Target too! We did chalkboard sign pictures on the first day.

  • Christine

    Our school doesn’t start for 2 weeks yet- can’t wait:)

  • Kierstie

    I absolutely love that she is brushing her teeth while riding her trike.  And the photos with the page showing the grade and date is BRILLIANT!!

  • Sioux

    I love how she matches her lunchbox in the top photos! 

  • sdeh

    She is just so adorable! I wish I had thought of putting a sign up for which school year the photo was taken; I’ll remember to do that from now on! LOVE Target! It’s the only place I shop for non-food related items.

  • What a big girl! Thanks for the printable 🙂

  • Love the printables. Wish we would have thought of that when Lily started Kinder. Of course, my track record suggests we wouldn’t have kept up with it. Blerg.

    And I love Bug hamming it up. She’s a rock star already.

  • justjayma

    So cute! I like the idea of having a photo shoot BEFORE the big day, so there is no pressure or rush to get some good pictures!

  • Heather

    Just made my printed signs for tomorrow morning – I hope my Kindergartner & 4th grader cooperate for pictures!!!

  • Amanda

    She cannot be in K already!

  • Cin_D

    Thank you for the templates — My daughter is starting Kindergarten on Sept 1st, and this is the start of a great tradition!

  • Kaitlin

    She looks so much older than when I first started reading your blog! And I love Target!

  • Linda B.

    I can’t believe Bug is in Kindergarten. I started reading your blog when she wasn’t even a year old and was “baby bug”. Congrats to the big girl!!

  • mary

    she is sooo cute! i’m a speech therapist for a pediatric clinic and several of my little ones started school this past week too 🙂

  • Bethany

    I am in love with this idea! My first is due in November, so I’ve got a while to go before I get to celebrate kindergarten, but I’m stowing this one for later 🙂

    Thank you!

  • Jill

    Love this idea!! Our big day is in two weeks so we will definitely be taking some pictures with signs. Fabulous!

  • Annie

    Pick me!!

  • OhCakeyGoodness

    I remember reading your site way back when I was preg with my lass and Bug was just a wee babe! She’s grown in to such a lovely young girl. Thank you for the template; I was looking for some way to document the first day and it’s perfect. Ta!

  • AllisonJ

    I love Target – this would be an awesome win!!

  • I love this idea! My daughter started kindergarten yesterday but it’s not too late to commemorate the milestone. I love the photo shoot and the polka dotty dress!

  • nikki

    Brenda-Bug is so cute! Last year was our first year of kindergarten, and I think we went through at least 4 changes before she was ready to go!
    I’m totally stealing your kindergarten sign idea. What a great way to remember the year. Thanks!

  • Michelle Y

    Great idea!

  • Ines

    So cute! I would love the gift card!

  • I LOVE the dress she is wearing in the first couple of pictures, and that look on her face in the last shot. She looks so excited and proud!

    Also, the scrapbook print-out is a fabulous idea!

  • Ashley

    Wow!! They grow up so fast! Adorable pics.

  • Tiffany

    Great pics and creative poses and ideas!  Definitely agree with the “Whatever works” tactic!  🙂  Thanks for the scrapbook printout!

  • Such adorable pics :o) Happy School Year!

  • Kim

    I swear kids grow so fast during the summer. Thanks for the print out…my son is obsessed with owls, so it is perfect for us.

  • Tara

    Love the wardrobe changes! Nostalgic for my daughter’s first day of kindergarten 8 years ago! Of course, my son will start next year so I can relive it! Congratulations to Bug!

  • Diana Quintero

    She is so cute! I love the printable idea I’m going to do that with my kids.

  • Meighan

    Love the ideas in this post. My son has his first day of Kindergarten next week – the $100 would help a lot in getting school clothes, shoes, etc.

  • Tammy

    Great ideas! Thanks for the printable, too.

  • Sally

    Cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • Aida

    This is beautiful. My daughter just started pre-k and I am totally going to print this out.

  • Devon

    She is absolutely adorable!  My daughter is in Pre-K this year, but we’re always looking for ideas to make the first day more fun.  Thanks!

  • Kim

    That is so cute, my little one is in Pre-K, I can’t believe how fast they grow,,,

  • nialya

    what a fun idea!  your little girl looked like she had a blast!  thanks for such a fun opportunity!

  • Julie

    Darling photos! Love brushing her teeth on the tricycle.

  • Tenielle

    This is such a great idea! Thank you for sharing!

  • AuroraSherman

    Congrats to Bug, and to you Brenda! First day of Kinder is a big deal. The photos are great!

  • Amy

    That is so fun! Your daughter is adorable and I love the brushing the teeth on the tricycle. 🙂

  • Cristine

    Great pictures of bug!  I’m sure she will love K!

  • Michele

    Love the pictures – so creative! Hope she had a great day!

  • Heather

    Reply take two…
    I love first day of school pictures. It is amazing to look back over the years and see how much they have changed. I hope Bug had a great first day!

  • Lisa

    So cute! I love the printable and I’m using it this year for my preschooler.

  • Jaynette

    Registration is the next two days for high school. Then comes clothes shopping. One kid has grown and the other is becoming very aware of fashion. A Target gift card sure would help.

  • Kate M.

    aww I love the Idea of a First Day of School photo shoot! I also love the Idea of a Target Gift Card! 😉

  • Meggan

    I worry every year about what to wear to school (& I’ve been at it 31 years!)….so Bug isn’t alone!

  • Rachel

    Yay for Target! I could schlep stuff home from there on the subway.

  • Rachel

    Yay for Target! I could schlep stuff home on the subway.

  • The photos are too cute! Thanks for the printable “my first day of school.” Can’t wait to use it!

  • Heather

    Love that idea! Super cute. Will definitely need to keep that in mind for the future.

  • Liz

    Love this idea!!! And would love a Target giftcard!

  • Natalie

    Oh this is so great…I need to remember to do something like this for monster’s first day of school each year! We are still 3 years away from kindergarten though!

  • she is so cute, and FIVE already! wow time flies!

    great idea to save the date/memory book!

  • Oh I love Target! And my son starts school in a few weeks–am trying not to have a panic attack 🙂

    samanthajocampen at gmail

  • I absolutely love this idea! My small girl starts kindergarten the day after Labor Day, and I’m going to totally copy you! =)

    P.S. Your daughter is adorable!

    Thanks so much for the chance to enter!

  • That (documenting the day like that) is such a neat idea. I can’t believe she’s already in Kindergarten!

  • Erica

    What a great idea….I love the idea of documenting the special day. She is ADORABLE! What a ham for the camera!

  • Great idea for 1st day of school.

  • Pallavi

    my little girl starting her pre K at a church school next month. So exciting but why do they grow SO FAST?

  • Constance Snookal

    My baby boy is starting K too! 🙂

  • I heart target. And I dread the day my little 11 month old will go to school!

  • Brenda

    You’re daughter is adorable and I’ve been eyeing these cute shoes at Target!!

  • Laura A

    Congratulations Bug!  I love this idea… great for my girls’ school journals!

  • Shelley

    So cute. Can’t believe she’s starting school already.

  • Dolores

    i love target! i do all my back to school shopping there. thanks for the giveaway!

  • Andrea

    It’s so cute – my guys is still in preschool but I like the idea of a little photo shoot with a sign to remember the date. Totally stealing it!!!

  • Miss Virginia

    YOU ARE SO CREATIVE!!  You NEVER cease to amaze me.  I wish my kids hadn’t started school yet so I could do this. (they are already in the 2nd week).I LOVE it!  The printable is adorable and the picture of bug looks straight out of a magazine and I love the sign idea.  You are AMAZING! 

  • Oh Brenda, she looks so cute. Ezra starts K next week and I am beyond weepy thinking about it. I think I’ll be using your printable for his first day!

  • Britt

    Killing me here. So cute and so sweet and SO BIG. My daughter starts Kindergarten – FULL DAY!?! District standard 🙁 – on September 8th. I’ll be following Bug’s progress, as always, with interest!

  • Melissa

    What cute pictures!

  • Jenni Hinchliff

    Greta Idea!! I love how you Journal with it as well …so fun to look back on what they had to say:)

  • Heather

    My little girl is off to MIDDLE SCHOOL, but she still loves the printable and wants to use it!

  • Lori O

    What a great idea to print out a sign with the grade and date. I wish I would have done that! I hope you keep getting good reports from her about school. 🙂

  • Mag

    Thanks for this! My oldest start kindergarten in 2 weeks and I’ve been trying to compile ideas for how to celebrate and make annual traditions for our kids, like photos on the first day. Love the date card, I’ll be doing that too, as well as your scrapbook page!

  • aly

    I am a teacher and plan to use your printable idea for my students. I love checking your site out and getting fabulous ideas. Thanks for sharing.
    ps- yeah for Target gift cards!

  • Can’t believe your little Bug is in Kindergarten!  I’ve enjoyed your blog since before she was born and she is such a big girl now.  Kudos to you for all the love and support you’ve poured into her to make her the big girl she is now.  

  • Who doesn’t love Target?  My daughter is starting preschool this year, but she’s very apprehensive about it.  We’ll have to use your printable and see if that helps her to be more excited and less nervous.  I’ve also ordered her “Llama Llama Misses Mama” in the hopes that it’ll help her get over her fears.

  • Laura K

    Bug is so adorable. My little guy started kindergarten this year too. The Target gift card would definitely be helpful for back to school clothes!

  • karen

    My kids are old enough now to prefer the last day of school to the first but they can’t help but get a little excited to find out who will be in their classes and trade summer stories with their friends. Still, the countdown in our house looks like this:

    12 days until school!
    183 school days until summer!

    Not kidding.

  • Cindy

    What a cute idea!  I wish I had thought of something like this when my kids were younger.  Now we homeschool but maybe we will use this idea- I love the goals for the year.

  • jennifer

    Great! – so adorable, just what kids like to see when they get older.

  • Victoria

    Just printed out our page to join in the fun. Thanks for sharing and hope the school year goes great!

  • Laurie

    Cute ideas! Love the “first day of school” photos. Soon enough they grow up and leave…. enjoy!

  • Sara

    Great template- adorable pictures. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • heather d

    Oh she’s so cute! Nice template idea as well 🙂

  • KateMac

    Cute pictures! I made up the same sort of sign, and when I sent the picture to friends and family, they all thought it was a great idea 🙂

  • Andrea

    She is so cute. Great scrapbook page, too!

  • Amy

    I love the fact that you can see the wardrobe changes in your photos! Wishing your daughter a wonderful first day of school.

  • What a great idea for the first day! I love it! Nice work, SAJ! 🙂

  • Ashleigh

    What an adorable page! (I’m a huge fan of cute owls!)

  • shellys

    I am a kindergarten teacher and I just love to see what you did to commemorate that special day!   

  • Allison

    I like the printed sign for the photo — I may borrow that idea!

  • Bridgette

    What a cutie she is! Love the first day printable. Thanks so much!

  • Jen

    I’m totally doing this! My oldest starts kindergarden next week!

  • Leigh Dobson

    What a sweet post!

  • Jennifer Sorrow

    I do the same thing every year with my 3 children. I love the free printable, I never thought about having them write their goals for the school year. I will have to start, thanks again!

  • Ren

    Love the idea of holding up a sign to commemorate an important event! My own daughter is starting preschool in a week, we’ll have to try it. (And we could also use that gift card to add to her new school wardrobe.)

  • Vicki

    We always take a first day picture, but I am loving the idea of making a scrapbook page. Thanks for the template. We love your designs at our house. We’ve been using SAJ Valentines for the past two years.

  • Katie

    What a sweet photo set. 

  • Celeste Low

    My second starts kinder tomorrow, so glad I found this today! Thanks

  • Such a good idea, especially since as I look back at old photos, I sometimes can’t remember the day it was taken, and sometimes the year! And occasionally, if they’re baby shots, I have trouble telling which kid!

  • Emily

    I am a special education teacher, and I like to take pictures of my students on their first day of school and of the class together. It’s fun to compare pictures over the year and see how much the kids have grown!

  • Erica

    Adorable pics of Bug! You’ve been inspiring me to take more pics of my little girl. They grow so fast 🙂

  • Megan T.

    What a great idea!

  • Donna F.

    Love the photos and the ideas.  Love Target too!

  • Nate

    My wife could use this!

  • Becky P

    My baby will be going to school for the first time next week. It’s a bitter sweet feeling for me. 🙁  Love the school year goal and it will be fun to do this every year. 

  • Heather

    I love Target! And I needed an idea for a first day of school picture…thank you!

  • Alicia

    Target is my weakness 🙂 P.S. – love the Hello Kitty Lunch Box!

  • Shannon

    Great ideas and cute pictures!

  • Megan

    So great, I’m glad I saw it before school starts for us! Thanks.

  • Jacinta

    Awesome pictures! Thanks for the free printable and great giveaway!

  • Sharon M

    Oooooohhhhh Target. My kiddo grows out of clothes with every wash!

  • pbblythe

    So cute. Her little pose with the pointed toe is so adorable. We’re three years away from Kindergarten, but I can’t wait!

  • Beth

    Never thought of having someone so young write down goals for the year, but I like it!

  • Claire

    AWESOME! I would love to win this. And super cute photos, too…

  • Susan H.

    Those are really cute! 🙂

  • mere

    Great pics and I never thought of making a sign…

  • Heather

    Our first day of school went swimmingly! My tot is enjoying school more and more every day.

  • Cara

    So adorable! Beautiful girl!

  • Anissa

    These are great! Although I’m a little frightened at how quickly the next few years are going to pass and I will need to start thinking about the first day of school for L. instead of just for work! I’d love to have a Target GC although the pool is a little large…

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