End of Homeschool Year: 12 Cool Ways to Celebrate with Your Kids
The end of homeschool year can be a special time for your kids and you. It’s a time to celebrate all of your hard work, progress, and achievements.
With these ideas and tips, you can easily plan and prepare for a last day of homeschool celebration for all to enjoy.
Let’s Celebrate the End of Homeschool Year
Your homeschool has worked hard. It hasn’t always been perfect. There have been ups and downs. But, you’re nearing the end of homeschool year and you want to recognize all of your accomplishments.
High five! One of the best ways to stay on the path of homeschool success is to pause and reflect upon your progress. An end of homeschool year celebration is a fantastic way to do just that 😊
When you take time to look back upon your year, you might be a bit surprised at how much you’ve accomplished and grown. And that goes for your kids AND YOU!
A celebration of your end of homeschool year can be as simple or fancy as you like. Customize the experience to best meet the needs of your family. Allow yourself to relax and pat yourself on the back – and give your kids big hugs!
12 Fun Ideas for Your End of Homeschool Year Celebration
One of the greatest aspects of homeschooling is the flexibility to set your year based on a schedule that works for your family.
Whether you end your “homeschool year” in June, December, or anywhere in between, here are some ideas for celebrating another year completed:
1. Journal about Your Homeschool Year
Journaling is a great way to document all the things you’ve accomplished and enjoyed. You can do it digitally or via a good old-fashioned notebook.
Try these end of homeschool year journal prompts to get you started:
- What were my favorite subjects this year? Why?
- What books did I enjoy reading?
- What were some of the highlights of my homeschooling year?
- What goals did I set at the beginning of the year? How well did I achieve them?
- What were some of the challenges I faced this year?
- How did I adapt and overcome them?
- What new methods or approaches did I try this year?
- What did I learn about myself as a homeschooler?
2. Make a photo album or scrapbook as part of your end of homeschool year celebration
This activity is another way to remember all the great moments and details from your year.
Include things like:
- Keepsakes from field trips you took
- Special projects you completed
- A picture of your homeschooling space
- Group photos with friends (if you’re part of a co-op or other type of homeschooling community)
3. Celebrate with a Special Dinner or Meal
Take your family out for ice cream, to a restaurant, or do something fun together to celebrate all your hard work.
You can even dress up to mark the occasion, too.
If anyone is feeling up for it, you can take turns saying a few words about what you’re proud of from the year.
4. Have a Homeschool Friends Party
If you’re part of a homeschool group or co-op, plan a party to celebrate the end of the year and everyone’s achievements.
You can offer fun activities like:
- Memory game with items from the year
- Trivia quiz about each other
- Scavenger hunt
- Photobooth with props from the year
- Buffet of food and drinks that reflect what everyone has been learning about this year
- Time capsule for each person, to be opened in a year’s time
- Giant jigsaw puzzle with a photo of everyone involved in homeschooling this year
5. Give Out Awards
This idea is a fun way to highlight each child’s successes and personality. You can even give out trophies, certificates, or ribbons.
Try giving awards for things like:
- Most Improved in a Subject
- Best Sense of Humor
- Most Organized
- Class Clown
- Most Artistic
- Best Singer
- Most Athletic
- Hardest Working
6. Make a Homeschool Yearbook
Yearbooks are wonderful keepsakes for students – and homeschoolers can have them, too!
This fun project is something that the whole family can help with. Include things like class photos, individual pictures, quotes, and memorable moments from the year.
Make it a keepsake that will last a long time by:
- Designing pages in a collage style or have each student fill out a “year in review” questionnaire.
- Use a self-publish site like Blurb or Amazon’s Createspace to print your book.
- Make a new yearbook each year to collect all your memories in one place.
7. Put on a Talent Show or Performance for a Memorable End of Homeschool Year Celebration
This idea is always a hit with kids (and adults!). If you have the space, invite friends and family to watch your homeschool students showcase their talents.
Students can share things like:
- Music they’ve learned
- Poetry or stories they’ve written
- A dance routine
- A skit or play
- Fashion show
- A magic show
- A recital of original songs or poetry
- An acting performance
- Cooking demonstration
- Acrobatics or gymnastics
8. Host a Graduation Ceremony
This type of ceremony can be as simple or as elaborate as you want. If you have multiple kids graduating, you could even do a joint ceremony.
Make the occasion memorable with these tips:
- Start planning early
- Choose a location and date that works for everyone
- Come up with a ceremony plan and format
- Decorate the graduation space
- Have refreshments available
- Get dressed up!
- Give out graduation certificates
9. Go on a Family Vacation or Field Trip
Take some time off to relax and enjoy each other’s company. This idea is a simple but enjoyable way to celebrate another year of homeschooling well done.
Anywhere you want to visit is a great choice, but consider a trip that is pure fun! Some examples include:
- The beach
- A road trip to visit family or friends
- A theme park or water park
This free printable pack has fantastic homeschool field trip ideas. A few of our favorites include:
- Movie theater (call and ask for a special tour)
- Park (pick a new-to-you one and explore)
10. Have a Track & Field Day
Get everyone moving and have some fun competition. Spend some time outside getting fresh air and sunshine.
Plan activities for your track and field day like:
- A relay race
- Hurdle jumping
- Egg and spoon race
- Sack race
You can also include outdoor games to extend the fun!
11. Do a Service Project As Part of Your End of Homeschool Year Celebration
Give back to your community by doing a service project together as a family. It’s a great way to spend time together while doing something that helps your community. Look into volunteering opportunities such as:
- Helping at a local food bank or soup kitchen
- Picking up litter in a park
- Assisting with a neighborhood cleanup day
- Organizing a clothes drive for a local shelter
12. Make a Time Capsule
Collect items from the year to put in a box or jar to be opened at a later date. This activity is a fun way to look back and see how much everyone has grown and changed over time.
Here are some ideas of what to put in your time capsule:
- A school yearbook
- A list of favorite books, movies, songs, etc.
- Writing projects
- Special awards or certificates
- A handwritten letter to future selves
Make Your End of Homeschool Celebration Rock!
No matter how you choose to celebrate, the important thing is to take some time to reflect on all that you’ve accomplished and give yourselves a pat on the back for a job well done!
Have you ever done something special to mark the end of your homeschool year? Tell us about it in the comments below!
Wishing you a wonderful end of homeschool year celebration with your kids!