Free Back to School Signs to Print for Every Grade

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Commemorate your children’s new year with back to school signs you can print for every grade level. Choose the colored version or the black and white outlines so that your kids can personalize their signs to suit their vibe this year.

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We started school a few weeks ago. And as often happens, not all my plans came together in time for the first day of school. Good apples are pretty hard to come by in August, so I didn’t get our traditional apple pie made. And I didn’t get “first day of school” pictures taken like I did last year.

But, no worries. I know how to cheat.

We ate cherry pie. And I made the kids signs that simply stated their new grade levels. A sign that proclaims, “I’m in 1st grade!” does just as well as a first day of school sign. And the photo doesn’t have to be taken on the first day of school. Hehe.

I well remember the excitement of being able to say that I was in the next grade up. And to be able to say you were a sophomore? Well, that was pretty cool.

And on that note, can you believe that my oldest child is a sophomore?! I’m stunned. When did this happen? And where was I?!

I made up some grade level posters to document the new school year. While I was at it, I made some for you, too. Preschool through Senior are represented. So, I think there’s something for everyone.

These grade level printables come in two versions: blue and green (my favorite colors) and black and white (to save on printer ink and to let your kids add their own school colors or design them how they want.) Download the files and then print only the pages you need this year.

Take a picture of your kid with his sign and then slap it in the scrapbook. The leftover signs can be slipped into clear-view binders for a fun cover.

Get this FREE Back-to-School Printable Pack

Take things a little easier this year by downloading this FREE Back-to-School printable pack. The pack includes:

  • a form to interview your student and record what he or she is into this year.
  • a printable form to fill out and sign to excuse a tardy or absence
  • printable lunchbox love notes
  • grade level signs for that inevitable first day of school picture (in both colored and color-able formats)

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This post was originally published on August 11, 2012.

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  1. So glad I found these! We started our home school routine last week but I didn’t get around to doing a first day of school picture. So now that I’m finally getting around to it, these are just what we need. No mention of the first day, just grade level … πŸ˜‰ Thanks!

  2. Printing the signs off again for this year even though I am in denial that we are starting on Monday! Yikes 7th & 10th! Thanks so much. πŸ™‚

    1. Keep plodding on. Apparently, that was Churchill’s motto during the war. I kinda like it. πŸ™‚

  3. My “baby” will be a sophomore this year. Yes, when did that happen? We’ll see if she’ll hold up a sign for the first day picture. Thanks for your great blog.

  4. Thank you! I’m so relieved to know that I’m not the only one who slips in the “traditions” category sometimes. We started school in July and I didn’t take 1st day pictures, so I’m loving these! LOL

  5. Thanks so much! I’m using the preschool one…my oldest will be in K-4 three days a week this year. I only wish I had it last year too, when he was in the K-3 program. I’ve got the picture though, just no sign ;-). Thanks for doing it in black/white. While blue and green are great colors, I like the fact that I can personalize this and color it with my son’s school colors….red, white, and blue.

    Looking forward to a new school year and can’t wait to meet my new students! (I teach 5th in a NC public school.)

  6. Thank you for these printables! I’ve already printed out the appropriate ones for my children (kindergarten and 1st grade), and I plan to take a picture just as you did with your daughter. What a great idea!

  7. Thanks for posting this! I’ve always wanted to do something like this (take the photo, not create the paper πŸ™‚ ) so this will definitely make it much easier.

    1. Ain’t that the truth? Sometimes there are just too many good ideas to DIY. Let me know what other printables you want. πŸ˜‰

  8. I love this. Printed Preschool, 1st, 4th, 8th and sophomore. Thanks for making the first day a little more likely to be captured on “film”.

  9. What a cute idea! Will have to try this when my guys go back to school in 4 weeks. I wonder how my 17 year old would feel about it, Lol! I know my little ones will love it though! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Thanks!! I love this idea. The black and white signs are perfect for my little artists.