Temperatures climbed into the 80's that bright day last year. Graduation day. I remember how my heart skipped a beat or two when each of the guys put out their hands to receive their high school diplomas.
"I'm so proud of you!" I said afterward as we basked in the wonderful feeling of having completed our homeschool journey.
Big smiles. Everyone squinted as we snapped pictures. I stood on my tip-toes to give each son a kiss. Thoughts of all our official last days of school flooded my memory...
I pictured each boy at seven. Ten. Thirteen. Eleven years of teaching -- done. I had mixed feelings as I reflected on the good days and bad days, the victories and defeats of at least 1,700 days of homeschooling....
Whether you watched your son or daughter walk across a stage to receive the long-awaited high school diploma, or had a simple graduation night with your family or oversight group -- graduation calls for a time of celebration! Think about it.... your student's high school years are over! No more algebra, science labs or Shakespeare! At least for the time being....
By homeschooling, you've given your child an excellent opportunity for future success in that they've had one-on-one instruction, a strong support network in your close family, and the foundation of a solid Christian world view that will help them as they navigate through young adulthood. In other words -- great job!
And even if you don't have high school grads in the house, why not celebrate the completion of another (or perhaps your first) year? Whether it's a special dinner, a small cook-out with a few relatives, or an all-out party, the end-of-the-year marks a wonderful milestone in your child or teen's life.
Last year at the twins' graduation, we had a huge party with 80+ people. Not that I'm recommending that! It was a major endeavor on our part as parents, but in the end, we were glad we did it. Last year I blogged about graduation in College Bound - 4 Key Traits To Cultivate.
Throughout our homeschool years, on our very last day of school, I would make a special dinner and have a little Congratulations cake. After all -- the twins were moving up a grade and that called for a celebration! Plus, it marked the beginning of summer break for all of us.
This particular picture was the guys' last day of seventh grade. When they arrived home from their baseball game, we had hamburgers on the grill, corn on the cob, and cake. I always wrote the next grade on the cake, so this one said 8th grade.
To all of you who are approaching the high school years, I'd like to encourage you to keep going! You can do it! You can homeschool throughout the high school years. Contact HSLDA if you need any assistance or have any questions about teaching in the upper years. They're willing to help!
Once again, enjoy the time celebrating your student's graduation or advancement to the next year.
And, by the way --- Congratulations to you, too! Great job.