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Well, we have finally made it to the end of this 5 day series and I hope I’ve helped you in your quest to homeschool through high school! If you have missed any, be sure to just click here to start at day 1 to get your encouragement. You know, first things first and all of that 🙂
Now let’s talk graduation.
If you belong to a local homeschool group or a statewide organization, see if either offers an opportunity for your student to participate in a graduation ceremony. I know our state organization here in Florida holds their graduation ceremony on the last day of the annual homeschool conference. If that is not feasible for you, consider doing your own thing. You can make it as elaborate as having a dinner party at a place you rent for friends and family to something as simple as a backyard barbeque. Either way, it is nice to have announcements made and senior pictures taken.
If you are hosting your own graduation ceremony or having a party, you might want to choose a theme. We actually did a kindergarten graduation party before and the theme was Candy Land. Another theme we’ve done is “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss. Put pictures throughout the school years on display. It’s always neat to have handwriting samples for each year out to see the progression. Scrapbooks are always fun too, especially if you take a lot of pictures of projects and field trips.
The most important thing about the graduation ceremony is to make a great memory. Let your graduate know how proud you are of their accomplishments. I made a memory book for my son, complete with pictures of his senior trip with friends that he was graduating with, playing football and basketball, and other special events. I made graphics of some of our favorite Bible promises and then I wrote a personal letter to him in the front of the book. It turned out beautifully and I hope he treasures it for many years.
And keep some tissues nearby.