After months of homeschooling two of our three kids, I was so excited to see them graduate. It has been a very busy few months! To celebrate we had an at-home graduation party.
Since the COVID19 stay-at-home order, I have wanted to keep the kids learning well and to continue being productive. We did our best to follow an organized and detailed schedule each day. The kids did such a great job of completing all of their tasks each day and completed their school year with flying colors.
To celebrate their hard work and stick-to-itiveness, my husband and I put on an At-Home Graduation party for them. You can watch some of it in the video below.
Here are some examples of their daily schedule while we home-schooled to show just how hard they have worked:
Even though Aurora is only 5, she is on an advanced level and could handle a harder work load than most her age. Denali is 7 and is also testing a year ahead so this is a schedule for two kids that learn fairly easily. If my kids were struggling with school we would’ve had to cut the list down.
The kids loved seeing the daily list and crossing things off. I found this helped everyone stay on task.
Once school was over, to celebrate their hard work we talked about putting on an at-home graduation. They were so excited and really wanted one. Here is a little video I made to commemorate it.
These are the 5 steps we took to throw a memorable At-Home Graduation…
First, we asked the kids if they wanted an at-home graduation party.
Second, we got their input. We asked what meal, treats, movies, activities, games, etc. that they’d like.
Third, we made them a graduation cap and scroll. This only took 7 pieces of regular paper, tape, a marker and two hair rubber bands. I show how to do this here (post coming).
Fourth, we tried to make it special. We told them they didn’t have chores on graduation day and that bedtime would be moved a few hours later. They were ecstatic.
Fifth, we tried to cater to their ages likes and dislikes.
Our At-Home graduation consisted of pancakes for the meal. We popped popcorn, had root beer floats, a candy bar and veggies.
We played fun games, watched movies, and ate treats.
In the middle of the food and games we had the kids line up and come into the room with their paper graduation caps on and receive their scrolls/diplomas. My husband arranged for the graduation song to be playing in the background (this youtube video/songthis youtube video/song) on our theater sound system and the kids loved it.
I hope you have a fun at-home graduation as well!
- Food, treats, board games, movies, caps and diplomas.
- Ask your child if they want an at-home graduation party.
- Get their input. Ask what meal, treats, movie, activity, game, etc. that they'd like to do.
- Make them a little cap and scroll. This only took 7 pieces of regular paper, tape, a marker and two hair rubber bands. I show how to do this here (post coming).
- Make it special. We told them they didn't have chores on graduation day and that bedtime would be moved a few hours later. They were ecstatic.
- Cater to all ages including likes and dislikes. Our kids each got to pick 2 things to do (one movie and game) each. They also got to choose a candy to have at the party.