I know just about everyone must be back in school by now (surely my daughter, whose preschool starts tomorrow, must be the LAST person in the country to go back to school! Not that we're counting down the days...). If your kids are like mine, they're super excited about seeing old friends and making new ones, toting around that new backpack, and breaking in those shiny school supplies. One more tradition that I love (and borrowed from my son's teacher last year) is to take a moment to record your child's hopes and dreams for the year.
As counter-intuitive as it may sound, I've found making a plan is often a great way to jump start creative juices (that's what brainstorming is, after all!). It's also fun to talk with your kids about what are the things they love and really want to make time to do or come up with a plan to accomplish.
I just made a really simple print-out with "I want to learn" and "I am excited to" as the prompts for my son. It was easier for him to start with the "I am excited to" bit, so that was where he went.
The richest part of H's plan, in my eyes, is the picture. Of course he is excited to play on the blak [sic] top, but I love to see the creativity that emerges in how that is represented on the page; the kid jumping, the ball being hit into the wall and soaring over the player's head. We did not get to the I am excited to learn bit yet, but that might be a little too abstract for now. But I am hoping spelling goes on the list!