When you homeschool your children, you try hard to recreate the social dynamics of a school, including the rhythms of an academic year. This could look like taking longer winter and summer breaks that mimic the public school system or waking up early to do schoolwork and homework at designated times during the day. As the end of the second semester approaches, here are a few epic ideas for ending the school year.
Put On a Mini Fair
Homeschoolers are just as artsy and creative as other students, so give them an opportunity to shine. You likely have many of the materials you need to create a fun craft. If you’re a part of a co-op with other homeschoolers, you should work with the parents to coordinate a mini fair. There are plenty of school craft fair display tips and event organizing information out there. When your children have the opportunity to present their creative skills to others, you can boost their self-esteem.
Art Portfolio Presentations
Art is a fun and exciting part of education, especially for kids who need hands-on activity. At the end of the school year, get together with your child’s homeschool friends and present the art projects from the year. This will require coordination with the other parents throughout the year, so every child has something to contribute. But you can do everything from clay pottery to painting to poetry to short stories. The idea is to show off each child’s imagination and celebrate their artistic accomplishments from the year. These art pieces can also serve as sentimental keepsakes for years to come.
Recreate a Historical Battle
If you have a house with a yard, you likely have the space and geological features to recreate a battle from history. Work with your child to engineer and design the key elements of the battlefield, so you can reenact the turning points of history. This idea is particularly impactful for children with kinesthetic learning tendencies. You can even use water balloons and foam darts to bring the battle to life and enjoy the summer sun.
Remember these epic ideas for ending the school year as you prepare to close the books for summer. While you may continue some schooling at home over break, you should mark the end of a year and celebrate everything you achieved together. With a bit of luck, you can encourage your child to feel excited for the next year of learning.