Parent Busters
Parent Busters
Aug 29, 2023
Fun Back-to-School Traditions Around the World (Busting Back Episode)
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In this fun back to school Parent Busters BUSTING BACK episode, Jackie and Ella tackle what first day of school is like all over the world (including what back to homeschool is like!).

Ever wonder why Japanese students start their school year in April or what's the history behind the hard-sided randoseru backpack? 

Curious about the schultute tradition in Germany or the unique cargo bikes used in Holland? 

Did you know that back to school in Russia includes The Day of Knowledge, which is their unique back-to-school ritual.

We  cover this and more like the school traditions of Italy, India, and Vietnam — including Italian smocks, the Indian admission day, and the exciting Vietnamese celebrations marking the start of school, the importance of school uniforms in India and the delightful tiffin lunch box tradition.

From the American shopping frenzy for new clothes and shoes to the homeschoolers' unique first-day experiences, we have so many interesting ways kids celebrate first day of school in countries all over the globe!

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