Homeschooling is big! It’s a big commitment filled with victories and challenges big and small, special field trip days, sick days, and many, many ordinary days all woven together. But, it’s also a big accomplishment when the sun goes down on that final day each year. That calls for celebration! So, take that natural creativity that makes your homeschool unique and celebrate.
Have a Party
Your end-of-the-homeschool-year party can be anything you want it to be. Big or small. Fancy or plain. Either way, you can finish with flair.
- Invite everyone to choose a favorite food and pitch in with the prep work.
- Play homeschool-themed party games:
- Pin the Eyeglasses on the Homeschool Mom or Pin the Books in the Homeschool Mom’s Hands (kids will have great fun drawing Mom’s likeness)
- Charades: act out field trips, family homeschool bloopers, and read-aloud book titles, etc.
- Scavenger Hunt: kids can use clues to hunt for new school supplies for the upcoming year such as pencils and pens, small notebooks, zip drives, and gift cards for that gotta have homeschool accessory
- Let them eat a Happy Homeschooling cake!
- Decorate with helium balloons and streamers in favorite colors and let the balloons free float up to the ceiling.
Host an Open Homeschool Night
Shine the spotlight on your students’ many accomplishments this year. Invite family, friends, neighbors, and fellow homeschoolers into your home for a celebratory homeschool exhibit. Help your kids choose favorite projects, essays, A+ tests, and more, and set up displays in their bedrooms for a more personal backdrop. As students share their passions with guests, they also gain valuable public speaking experience.
Transform your dining room, stairway or hall into an art gallery. Add a simple construction paper backing to your young artists’ favorite pieces and “hang” them up using reusable putty adhesive. Invite your young virtuosos to serenade guests for ambiance.
And, moms, this is the perfect time to spark conversations with curious, prospective homeschoolers by setting up a Welcome to Homeschooling display with your lesson plan book, curriculum, and miscellaneous homeschooling resources, etc.
Extend this exhibit by taking lots of photos of the proud moments, frame the best, and create a wall of fame. Talk about motivation!
Hold an Awards Ceremony
Mark your students’ transition from one grade or ability level to the next with meaningful, personalized awards. Feel free to dress for success in dresses and suits. Create homemade certificates for your:
- Superb Superhero Speller
- Most Marvelous Multiplier
- Best Bug Expert
- Fabulous First Year French Conversationalist
- Champion Computer Programmer
- Amazing Ace Proofreader
Have a Field Day
The expression Have a field day is all about outdoor FUN! Traditionally, students participate in sporting events and challenges, but you can make it your own. Challenge your kids to hike the most miles while identifying local wildlife and plants. Are you waterbugs? Dive in to a family swim day! No challenges required. A couple rounds of Frisbee golf, anyone? Or, construct homemade kites for a family fly-a-thon. Well, you get the idea.
Go on a Weekend Getaway
A short weekend jaunt might just be the perfect way for your family to get away from it all and celebrate a year’s worth of learning. Or perhaps you’re more of a happy homebody family—have a movie marathon, a board game bonanza, a dance-a-thon, or a do your own thing kind of thing.
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