By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, Curriki
Homeschoolers have a unique challenge when a new school year starts because there’s no change in environment – kids live and learn in the same place. So how do you get kids engaged in and focused on learning again?
Making the New Year Special
Love to Know has some suggestions that include making sure homeschool kids have new school clothes and school supplies. The homeschooling website then divides its suggestions by age group:
For Younger Kids
- Name Your School – Younger children enjoy giving their homeschool year a unique identity, so spend some time together creating a school name and mascot.
- Start a Memory Book – Create a memory book to keep track of your child’s progress – either one each year, or one that will last throughout your child’s academic journey.
- Throw a Back to School Party – Throw a back to school party to ignite your child’s excitement for the new school year.
- Hold a Scavenger Hunt – Hide school supplies and small treats around your house and send your children on a scavenger hunt to collect what they need for the new school year.
For Older Children
Ask older kids for ideas on how they want to mark the new school year. Some ideas might include:
- Design a school T-shirt
- Create a special work area
- Take a back to school field trip
Creating Back to School Traditions
Simple Homeschool offers 10 back to school traditions to use each year, such as serving up a special breakfast, taking an annual photo, marking the child’s height to celebrate their growth and more.
All Things with a Purpose offers the creative idea of throwing a “Not Back to School Party” with friends and family celebrating the fact that you don’t have to go back to school.
Share Your Ideas!
What did you do this year to make the first day back to homeschool special? Share your ideas here!
Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, leads and manages all of Curriki’s content development, user experience, and academic direction. Learn more at Curriki.org.