This could be things like kick-off parties, last-minute vacations, get-togethers with other homeschoolers, first-day pictures, etc. Anything that homeschoolers can do to make the start of the year extra special.
OKay, so the crew is doing a month-long blog hop with different ideas to help new homeschoolers (and old) with starting the new year. So the question before us today is, how do you make memories to start off a new school year? When children go to public school you often have first day photos, buying needing supplies, and perhaps getting a new outfit for the first day. It’s sometimes a bit tougher to get those traditions as homeschoolers. Why bother getting a new outfit when you are staying home? Let’s see if we can come up with some homeschool friendly school year start!
Not Going Back to School Picnic
From Kindergarten to grade five the lad and I would take in the NGBTS picnic held in London. I’m part of a facebook group there and it was always fun to go. We got to meet people from different areas of the world, have a nice lunch, and spend time in the park.
My smaller town homeschool group always has a start of the year picnic. An excellent time to get together and just schmoose with friends over a BBQ and shared potluck meal. A good time to discuss curriculum, catch up on the summer, and offer support to newcomers.
Beginning of the Year Camping!
Honestly, this was my son’s favourite way to begin the school year. Going camping with mom and dad (and sometimes a friend) the first week of the school year. The parks are still warm and sunny, still other children to play with (if desired) and lots of room for fishing and kayaking without bumping elbows with others.
Additional Homeschool Friendly Year Starts
What other things might you do to start off the new school year?
- get a new outfit… why not! Even homeschoolers need new clothes. Dress up for the first day.
- go for a hike, swim or bike ride
- invite friends over for an end of summer bbq or picnic
- get school supplies
- bake a “first day of the year” cake and enjoy with. Sing happy birthday to a new school year. Be as goofy and silly as you’d like!
- don’t do school (seriously).. let the first day come and go by just continuing summer for just one more day.
- Take “first day of school” pictures just like almost everyone else out there.
- Go to the library and pick out a book to read. Take turns reading a page or two out of the books chosen.
- Make a collage of all the things you hope to learn about this coming year
- Have a day discussing/remembering what you did over the summer and what was best/worst and/or what you might what to change or do next summer.
- See if you can “join a parent at work day” so your children can see what you are striving towards.
How about you?
What ways can you come up with for a homeschool friendly school year start? What did you do last year and is it something you’d want to do again? Would you rather not do anything special and just get into the work load? It’s perfectly valid too. The question you need to ask: what works well for you and your family? Make THAT work for you, and if that’s doing something different, or silly, or planned normalness… Tell me about it! It’s great to see what others do don’t you think?
So the crew (starting on August 7) is hosting a join in share your new year start-ups. I invite you to stop in again and get new ideas that just might work for you and yours.