As a homeschooler, do you ever feel like sometimes your kids miss out on school time milestones? For example, around the first day of school pictures take over your Facebook feed, and everyone shows how excited their kids are to be going “back to school”.
Our first year homeschooling I felt that my kids were missing out, and promised myself that the next year, I would do something different. This feeling led to us celebrating NOT back to school day.
Having a not back to school tradition gives the kids something to look forward too. It lets them see that there are things we can do because we are not going back to school. IT has become a celebration, a way for us to celebrate the freedom homeschooling.
Here are four ways you can celebrate NOT going back to school!
Plan a park playdate!
This is how we celebrate NOT going back to school. On the first day of public school in our district, we meet our homeschool group at a local park. We spend the day there, playing games, sliding, and basketball, whatever the kids want to do.
Go out for breakfast!
On the first day of public school make plans to go out for breakfast. Sit and watch the school buses go by and enjoy the freedom of not having to start school at a set time.
Plan a field trip!
Field trips are a huge bonus of homeschooling, as many public schools are ditching them due to budget cuts
Have a jammie day!
Spend the day in your jammies, watch movies, eat popcorn, play a board game. The choice is yours!
These are just a few ways that you can start a NOT back to school tradition in your homeschool. For us NOT back to school day has become one of our favorite homeschooling traditions.
Do you celebrate NOT going back to school? If not consider planning something to celebrate the freedom homeschool offers next school year.
Author Bio: Misty Bailey is the blogger behind Joy in the Journey and the podcaster behind Joyfully Homeschooling. Her goal in this online space is to encourage and inspire you on your homeschool journey by providing practical tips for real life homeschooling. Through real stories, real struggles, and real life, Misty encourages her blog readers and podcast listeners to embrace imperfection and strive for a more joyful homeschool.