Why not start an end-of-the-year tradition?

So maybe the last day of school isn’t your favorite day of the year. But for the students in your life, it’s a day to celebrate.

Consider starting some family traditions that everyone looks forward to all year long. It can be something simple, such as preparing a special breakfast, or more elaborate like an evening cookout.

Care.com, a membership website that connects families and caregivers, offers a list of 101 fun things to do during the summer. While some ideas require a full day, there are plenty that would make a good last-day-of-school adventure, including holding a backyard luau, making ice cream, visiting a park to feed the ducks or running through the sprinkler. Find the list at care.com/c/stories/3331/101-fun-things-to-do-with-kids-this-summer.

Whatever you do, take photos. Years from now, it will be fun to see how different the kids looked on the first day of school compared with the last.

Also, if your child had a particularly great year, encourage him or her to write the teacher a thank you note. Here are some tips to get them started: writethankyounotes.com/teacher-appreciation.html.