Monkey is just wrapping up the second grade. This year, we are finishing pretty early, which is exciting for both of us.
We don’t typically have any big celebration wrapping up the school year. This year, our big celebration was simply to be done.
However, there are two traditions that we do every year.
Reviewing What Works and Doesn’t From the Year
At the end of each school year, I review what worked and didn’t work from our school that year. We don’t usually follow a boxed curriculum, so I just pick up what I think will work at homeschool book sales and online. We started this tradition after Monkey finished 1st grade last year. I use these assessments to determine what to continue for the next year and what new things to try.
Science, Bible, reading and grammar
Spelling and math
2nd grade review
Planning for Summer
In the summer, I like to focus on extra curricular activities so that Monkey can try new things. She has tried building robots, swimming, making a movie, and gymnastics so far. Each year, we also go to Vacation Bible School.
Here is the movie Monkey made last year:
Normally, I try to put her in at least one paid activity and one free activity, but this year, our summer budget is smaller (because I don’t have as many writing clients right now as usual), so we’re probably going to focus on free things.
Reading throughout the summer is also important for me, and I encourage Monkey to read a lot. Last year, she read 10 books, and this year, she has to read for an hour a day (so we’ll see how many books that ends up being).
For this year, our focus will be:
- Going to the zoo and other free activities in Dallas (the zoo is “free” because we have a membership)
Other End of School Celebration Ideas
- If you do a lot of paper projects and crafts, this fun end-of-year portfolio from Fun-A-Day would be perfect.
- I’ve always wanted to do a first day of school picture and a last day of school picture with my kids, but have yet to actually do it. Maybe next year? These printables make it easy to identify the photos.
- I like this idea from East Coast Mommy for giving kids cake when they graduate. She made a printable that says, “Big school will be a piece of cake,” but you could modify the printable to say any grade, I bet.