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3 Ways to Celebrate the End of the School Year

Gather together to honor your child's milestone. Get inspired by one of these fun ideas to reflect, connect and eat with friends and family.
on June 07, 2018

No more homework. No more alarm clocks. No more packed lunches. The end of the school year has arrived.

But, before you and your children put another school year in the books, take some time to reflect and celebrate the completion of this milestone together.

Why should we celebrate? At the beginning of the school year, we set goals and expectations with our kids. Everyone works hard throughout the year and much progress is made. Children appreciate when others notice their hard work and achievements. Taking a little time to acknowledge the efforts put forth over the past nine months can make a big difference in fostering confidence, positivity, a sense of accomplishment and excitement for the summer. Plus, it can help motivate your children to set new goals for the summer and the upcoming school year.

Here are three festive ideas to ceremonialize the end of the school year:

1. Pop Up Proud Moments: Make a big bowl of popcorn the old-fashioned way or pop a bag in the microwave.  Try surprising add-ins such as jelly beans or chocolate candies. Pour cold glasses of lemonade and gather around the table. Take turns sharing proud moments from the year as they “pop” into your head. Encourage the kids to discuss how much effort was needed to reach each of their goals. 

After your popcorn treat and discussion, you can also enjoy playing a board game together. If you need some ideas, check out 7 best literacy-boosting board games.

2. Family & Friends Picnic: Invite classmates and their families to a backyard or park picnic gathering. Each family can bring their own blanket and picnic dinner. Arrange blankets next to each other in a circle so that everyone can see and hear one another.

Over dinner, talk about memories the kids made together with their classmates, and school events the families attended. After dinner, a game of kickball will encourage participation by all!

This is also a great opportunity to set-up some summer play dates and outings together to keep the friendships growing into the new school year.

3. Family Dessert Bar: Nothing is sweeter than reveling in the end of the school year with a whole table of sweets. Invite a few extended family members over for a dessert bar. Arrange to have an ice cream bar with a few flavors of ice cream and lots of yummy toppings such as chopped strawberries, hot fudge sauce, sliced bananas, pecan pieces, and multi-colored sprinkles. Oh, and don’t forget the whipped cream!

Everyone can make a sundae and find a shady spot to sit outside. As the treats are being enjoyed the kids can take turns sharing their favorite moments from the past year. Perhaps, they may even want to share some examples of work that they are most proud of such as a paper or report that was well-received, or a piece of artwork created.

Even a simple event sends a powerful message to your kids about taking time to mark another school year gone by and acknowledging their hard work and dedication.

Get ready to enjoy the summer and set a reading goal of taking the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Then, at the end of the summer, you can have another reason to celebrate.

Connect with Jodie at Growing Book by Book.

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