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For 27 Years The Teaching Home Has Been Providing Families
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End-of-School-Year Ideas

Thank You Notes

The teacher/parent can send an appreciation note to students/children telling them that she enjoyed having them in her class this year and what she appreciated about each one.

Students/children can make thank you notes for their parent/ teacher thanking them for teaching them this school year and what they specifically appreciated.


"My Homeschool Memory Book." Print 12 half-pages for elementary students to fill in and draw or attach pictures to illustrate their favorite memories, etc., with a homeschool focus.


Make a poster about your school year (print template idea).


"Talking Behind Your Back" is a positive and fun end-of-year activity idea.

Charade or Pictionary

Act out, or draw, memorable events or favorite aspects of your past school year. See rules for charades and pictionary.


Print a "You Made It" certificate for each of your students for finishing their current grade level.

Print a variety of certificates, including: Good Behavior, Award (fill in what it is for), Achievement, Appreciation, Promotion, Diploma, and more.

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"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." (John 3:16)

Patriotic Evangelism

With the 4th of July coming up soon, it's time to start thinking about how you can reach out to the unsaved in your community.

Festivals are great locations for passing out tracts, witnessing one-on-one, and setting up booths.

People at festivals are enjoying themselves and planning to stay a while. For this reason they will usually take time to talk to you.

Most small towns have at least one fireworks show and a parade; in some larger cities you may be able to attend three or four fireworks shows.

It's easy to pass out patriotic tracts - you simply start walking through the crowd saying, "Happy Independence Day," "God bless America," or even "Help save America," as you give them out.

If anyone seems particularly friendly, stop and chat with him a little bit, and then take him through the Gospel.

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End-of-School-Year Activities

1.   Record Your Accomplishments
2.  Evaluate Your School Year  (Includes Checklist)
3.  Celebrate and Share
       End-of-School-Year Ideas  (Sidebar)

Recommended Resources
 •  KONOS: 4-Week Election Unit Study
 •  Hewitt Homeschooling Resources
 •  AVKO: Multi-Sensory Approach to Language Arts
 •  Builder Books Discount Homeschool Store


Is you school year finished?

If so, these End-of-School-Year Activities will provide a good finish to this year and preparation for the next.

May the Lord bless your family for His glory.

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Record Your Accomplishments

Set aside a day or more to do the necessary task of gathering, filing, and recording the year's schoolwork.  The rewards are:

 •   You can find your records easily.

 •  Your children have meaningful memorabilia.

 •  You get more space for more books and materials.

 •  You might even be able to sell books you don't need anymore for cash to (you guessed it) buy more books!

Gather up all your schoolwork for the year, then sort and dispose of everything appropriately.

1. Sort, File, and Dispose of Schoolwork

 •  Select samples of work for each child in each area of their studies to put in their permanent files.

 •  Send some samples to grandparents (with the clear understanding that they are free to toss them after enjoying them for a while).

 •  Give each child a certain amount of space in which to keep what he wants.

 •  Throw out the rest.

2. Sort, Store, or Dispose of Books

 •  Store some books for younger siblings.

 •  Shelve some books for reference.

 •  Give some away (to a family who needs them, your support group's library, or a thrift store).

 •  Trade some with another family.

 •  Sell some at a local, used curriculum sale.

3. Keep Various Records

You might need to keep a record or a portfolio of your children's studies to comply with your state's laws or an umbrella organization, as well as for your own benefit.

Choose any, or all, of the following options. Depending on their ages, your children may be able to help you with some of the work.

 •  Record the date and student's name after he finishes each concept on your scope and sequence chart or list of educational goals.
     For reference, see the scope and sequence charts provided online by A Beka Books, Bob Jones University Press, World Book, or your state's testing preview site to view what material is suggested to be known by each grade level.

 •  Use lesson plans as records, checking off and dating each assignment or objective as it is done.
     See lesson plan books at Birch Court Books and Builder Books.

 •  Keep track of the hours spent on each subject if you are required to do so by your state law, or wish to for your own information (e.g., for a high-school transcript).
     Homeschool Transcripts carries many resources to help you produce professional high-school transcripts.

 •  Make Copies of records of family projects, unit studies, field trips, etc. for each child's individual file as applicable.

 •  Keep a journal for each day of a unit study, briefly listing books read or activities done.

 •  List all books read by the family or individual students, including the title, author, and publisher.  (A brief description of contents and your personal evaluation will make this list more valuable to you and your children in the future.)
     Print online form for book list and various forms for book recommendations, reports, and a record of reading different genre.

 •  Place artwork and writing assignments in a notebook or file.

 •  Take photos of art, craft, and science projects and activities such as plays, costumes, and field trips.  You can use a computer scanner or digital camera to create a CD containing these photos as well as pages of school work, compositions, etc.

 •  Store your records in a labeled box for the year or for each child.

4. Compile Your Home-School Yearbook

Create a yearbook by placing photos, sample work, and other memorabilia in a scrapbook.

 •  See ideas for a homeschool yearbook and links to more ideas and samples.

 •  Slides or digital photos can be composed into a digital photo album or put onto a CD and copied for each of your children and other relatives.  see Creative Memories' digital scrapbooking.

5. Make Sound Records

Tape record some of your family's answers to the evaluation questions below (especially the positive ones!) as a sound recording of your school year.

AVKO (Audio, Visual, Kinesthetic, and Oral)
Offers a Multi-Sensory Approach to Language Arts
through Phonics and Word Families.

Sequential Spelling – the rules of spelling without lengthy explanation.
Individualized Keyboarding – typing plus reading and spelling skills through patterns rather than isolated key positions.
Let's Write Right – reading and spelling through penmanship.
To Teach a Dyslexic – the readable autobiography of Don McCabe, a dyslexic who is a widely recognized expert on dyslexia and Research Director of AVKO.
    To "try it before you buy it," or for information on dyslexia, visit our website for complimentary samples and downloads. / 1-866-285-6612

Evaluate Your School Year

Use this checklist, or make your own, to see what went right and what went wrong this year so that you can adjust for next year.

This needs to be done now, while things are fresh in your mind!

You might want to discuss these items as a family and/or do a private interview with each member to get a complete picture.

Be sure to include your husband and each child for their individual perspectives. You will need to adapt the questions for each one (e.g., Dad: Do you know what our children learned this year? What would you have liked them to learn that they did not learn?).

Please do not let this evaluation discourage you! Rejoice and thank the Lord for what went well, and learn from weak areas so that you do even better next year.

1. General

What did you like best about our home school this year?

What did you like least about our home school this year?

What did you learn?

What would you have liked to learn that you did not?

2. Academics

Were basic foundational skills of reading, language, and math improved, mastered, reviewed, and practiced enough?

Were specific facts connected to the big picture of overall knowledge through the use of a globe, maps, timelines, charts, and related information?

Did we use a variety of teaching methods and materials, (e.g., textbooks, workbooks, unit studies, hands-on activities, computer software, library or supervised Internet research, field trips, oral and written reports)?

Were thinking skills taught and encouraged by the types of discussions we had (e.g., comprehension, knowledge, analysis, synthesis, application, and evaluation; see Newsletters 23, 25-26, and 28-30)?

Were various educational resources available and their use encouraged and modeled (e.g., reference books, DVDs/videos, audio tapes, educational games, software, and supervised Internet use)?

Was there enough good, supplemental reading done as a family or independently?

Were there time, resources, and encouragement available to pursue individual interests?

3. Spiritual

Did your family read God's Word and pray together daily?

Were Bible study skills and knowledge increased?

Were Bible reading and memorization given at least as much importance as academic studies?

Were subjects taught from a Christian worldview?

4. Character Development

Was character development an important part of our school (e.g., honor and obedience to mother and father as teachers and parents; kindness to siblings; diligence; truthfulness; and attention to details in studies)?

Was child discipline maintained in a simple, straightforward, and kind manner? Were the rules and consequences clear and consistently carried out?

Were there enough positive motivations and negative consequences?

5. Life Skills

Were life skills included in our training and related to academic subjects (e.g., budgeting, cooking, shopping, driving, cleaning, organizing, scheduling, repairing, maintaining a house, yard, and car, voting, finding information by phone, letter, or supervised Internet use)?

6. Logistics

Was the schedule realistic and easy to keep? Too strict or too lax? Was doing schoolwork a regular, daily habit (along with chores and personal grooming)?

Did we have a good balance between group and independent study?

Were the classes we did as a group interesting, and did they allow each student to learn?

Was mother available for individual help when needed? Was there a need for alternative activities or procedures when she was busy with another child?

Did we care for our toddlers and babies in the best way for them and for our studies?

Were the settings for our studies appropriate and conducive to learning (e.g., dining room table, couch, individual desks)?

Did we have enough, not enough, or too much independent study? Were there enough time, space, supervision, and help available for these studies?

What got bogged down that could have gone more quickly?

Was there enough organization and planning for space, materials, schedule, and chores?

Were there enough varied experiences or too many outside activities? Were our supplemental and outside activities worth the time and effort?

Was the atmosphere of our home warm, loving, and supportive?

7. Bottom Line

What do you want to do the same next year?

What do you want to do differently next year?

Use Your Evaluation To Plan Your Next Year

Use your evaluation outcomes to make general, broad plans for next year and for your summer studies.  You can do specific and detailed planning later; this is just to be sure you include the valuable input from this year's evaluation.

Make quick notes beside certain answers on your evaluation forms.  Then set dates for your comprehensive planning for next year, allowing time to purchase and become familiar with any new curriculum.

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Celebrate and Share

A celebration gives a nice closure to this section of your studies and ends the school year on a positive note which will help propel you forward into your next scheduled studies or activities.

1. Praise the Lord!

As a family, thank the Lord for your family, for the opportunity and freedom to home school, and for the guidance, wisdom, and strength He provided this year.

2. Plan an Event

 •  Invite neighbors, friends, or relatives to an open house. This can be combined with another family if desired.

- Show displays of schoolwork, projects, and art.

- Give oral, musical, or dramatic presentations.

- Serve refreshments.

 •  Have a party, dinner, or picnic with another home-school family or families.

 •  Take an educational field trip, or an outing just for fun, with your family or others.

3. Encourage and help someone else.

Reach out to another family that is home schooling or is considering home schooling.

 •  Point them to the Lord to find the guidance, wisdom, and strength that they need.

 •  Offer moral support and practical help.


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