Eyeing the last page of your kids’ textbooks? Here are 10 wonderful ways to wrap-up your homeschool year.
10 Wonderful Ways to Wrap-up Your Homeschool Year
It’s May and I can feel it in the air… time to wrap-up the homeschool year!
If you are like me, around March 15th you start counting the pages until the end of the math (spelling, grammar…) textbook! As soon as we get to the end of that last lesson, we can wrap-up our homeschool year and get onto the relaxed routines of summer.
Or maybe it’s been a tough year and we just say, “It’s been rough…let’s count 3/4 of each textbook and 180 days and we’ll start fresh next year!” Some years are like that and that’s okay.
In my family, we easily give into the temptation to end the year with a fizzle. We just close the texts and sigh with relief. We’re done!
Fortunately for us, we have friends who inspire us to make a more memorable end to the year. This is good because I’ve noticed that the LAST thing we do in the homeschool year creates an emotion that tends to color our memories for that entire school year.
- If we have a happy last event of the year, the kids tend to remember that year as a better year.
- If we have a boring end of the year, the kids tend to remember the whole year as *ho-hum*.
10 Ideas for Better-Than-Boring Year End
Here are 10 of the wonderful ways our friends have helped us wrap-up our homeschool year:
- Go on that field trip you’ve been wanting to do. We ALWAYS have a field trip we wished we had gotten around to during the homeschool year. We’ve learned to grab some friends and finally take the trip for the last day of school together!
- Do that goofy science lab you’ve been putting off (visit my Pinterest board or Homeschool Scientist if you need ideas). Make a mess and take several days to clean it up!
- Take an entire week and do the Fine Arts you’ve been meaning to get around to. Even if you don’t love art and music, presented with a good attitude from mom and lots of laughter it will be a great experience–and maybe inspire more Fine Arts goodness! (Check out freebies at Music in our Homeschool.)
- Play a board game together each day for a week. Count it as critical thinking class! Invite your homeschool friends over at least one day and have a great time together.
- Do a family service project together. Try yardwork for a nearby senior citizen, some extra clean-up at church, a neighborhood trash pickup, or a few hours at the local food bank.
- Throw an end of the year potluck luncheon for your homeschool friends. Share favorite dishes and recipes. Let the kids decorate beforehand and share favorite memories of the year at lunch. (Then have the kids help with clean-up afterwards.)
- For high schoolers and middle schoolers: have a Readers Theater day. You can log a few extra literature hours and have lots of low-key literature fun. My teens have loved this. (Here’s a how-to.)
- Spend a week cooking something from each country you’ve studied this year or each time period you’ve studied during the year. I always plan to do this DURING the year, but often put it off to year’s end. This makes a good co-op activity, too.
- Visit the library and plan summer reading. In this day of the internet, we don’t tend to spend as much time in the library, so this makes a special day! My love-to-read kids think that spending an afternoon wandering through the library, visiting shelves they don’t usually have time to look at, choosing out-of-the-box things to read or watch, is FUN.
- Find a special way to thank God for the year. Pray together. Write a psalm together. Each kid can paint or illustrate a bookmark or small picture as a momento.
That’s one bucket list of wonderful ways to wrap-up a homeschool year. I am blessed to have friends who give me ideas and celebrate with me.
What are some special things your family does to celebrate the end of the academic year?