Monday, August 17, 2009
Back to (home) school
Today I thought it would be fun if we could all discuss our back to school traditions.
I'm going to include a Mr. Linky at the bottom of my post. All you have to do is blog about your back to school traditions (any day this week, actually as I will have at least one more post about this), then come back and link up. We'll all come visit you and read about what you do. Also, let's remember to leave lots and lots of comments!
I have quite a few traditions surrounding back to school. Little old me?
First, I want to say that we school year round, but we take as much time off as needed. We usually take every Friday off for garage sales and most of Decemeber off for Christmas. Then whenever we feel like a field trip or need a week here or there (because mom is losing her mind, not that that happens to me), we take it. So even though we don't actually take off for summer, we still do our traditions because everyone starts a new grade.
The first thing we do is have a back to school night. Yes, just like the public schools. (Only different.) I mentioned my sister in law the other day. I'm so fortunate that she homeschools her three kids as well. It makes back to school night really fun.
We meet at the grandparents house. Each child works on something to present to all the grandparents, that they've learned during the school year. We've had piano playing, a history song, reading a book (from when they first learned to read), reading a book that they wrote. Then we ask them questions concerning things they've learned. They are in the spot light for about ten minutes...and they LOVE it.
Each child gets to have their time. Some kids are really shy and don't say much, others (not mine of course) won't stop talking and you have to practically drag them off the "stage".
Then we look at each child's work from the previous year. I have my children save one or two papers a week and put it in their folder for open house. If they have new curriculum that they want to show off, they often bring it. They might have also done a really nice project that they want to bring. There really aren't any rules.
We eat. Then the grandparents usually have some school supplies for the kids.
I really enjoy back to school night.
I have more traditions and will post them tomorrow.
If you don't want to blog about yours, just tell us about them in the comments. And please, this is open for public schoolers too. Very much so!
(Also, I don't know why Mr Linky won't work right, but if you will click on it it will open in a new window.)
Posted by Michelle at 7:49 AM