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Homeschool End of the Year Party

June 4, 2014Danita

What do Homeschoolers do on the last day of the school year?

We’ve just completed our TENTH year of homeschooling.  I just had to count that twice because I can’t believe it’s been that long….OK, there are some days that it seems every bit that long and much more.  

Over the years we’ve gotten plenty of questions about homeschooling, most often occurring when we are out in public in the middle of the day on a “school” day. 

Some frequently asked questions:

“Are you out of school today?” (usually in the above mentioned scenario)

“Do you do your classes online?”

“Does your mom teach all your subjects?”

“How do you make friends?”

“Do you like it?”

and my favorite and very frequently asked….

“Do you do school all year round?”

I have always found this question quite baffling.  Why are we asked this?  Do we look like we should do school all year long?  I hope not!

In case you’re wondering….the answer is a very firm NO!  I NEED A BREAK!!!!!

Not only are we taking the summer off, but this year we had an end of the year “field day and party” on the last day of school…although it looks a little different from what you might expect. 

Here’s what our Homeschool End of the Year Party looked like…

Several months ago we purchased season tickets to the Ballet, and our last performance just happened to fall on the “last day of school”

Another activity was planned with the “little brother” and he was dropped off with Dad

(because there are laws against “cruel and unusual punishment” – which is what the nail salon would have been for him)

 First, my daughters and I drove to our favorite nail salon, which just happens to offer student discounts

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 Spent as much time as we needed picking out our nail color….because we could…it was before lunch on Friday!

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 Politely accepted the offer of “something to drink”   

 Enjoyed our “Cokes” while getting Mani-Pedi

 Stayed as long as it took under the nail dryers because NO ONE was waiting for them

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 Before getting into the car, took a fun picture of everyone’s toes

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 Went back by Dad’s office to get the little brother…and while we were there got Dad to take a picture of everyone’s lovely nails

 Went home to eat a late lunch/early dinner because we were going out later for DESSERT!  

Careful planning is required when saving room for dessert

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 Got dressed up for going out

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We purchased a Groupon for Simply Fondue, conveniently located down the street from Bass Performance Hall (where the ballet would be)

Ordered three serving of chocolate… because there were three of us

They continue to bring you things to dip as long as you have chocolate…after three trips to the kitchen our waiter finally told them…

“It’s girls… eating chocolate, load up the plate!” 

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 Attended a long awaited performance of the ballet Swan Lake

Made a special memory of the last day of school this year!

Ok, technically it was supposed to be the last day of school…but we took some extra time off earlier in the year so we have a few more days…

but I promise, we will NOT be doing school ALL Summer!





  • Heather

    June 9, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    That looks like a great end of the year field trip!! I admire moms who take on homeschooling, I know its not easy a lot of the time.

  • Dawn @ Pin-n-Tell

    June 5, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    How fun!! I totally agree with you, Danita 🙂 Momma needs a break too! Congrats on another successful school year…

  • Rosell Pinkihan

    June 5, 2014 at 2:38 AM

    A real awesome treat! your daughters are lovely and seems very content with homeschooling. Congratulations for another year!

  • Lavende

    June 5, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    What a lovely treat!

  • jessica matier (@AW2SL)

    June 4, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    I’m going to being homeschooling next year and I haven’t even thought of making the last day special. Thanks for bringing these little things to light about homeschooling! I really appreciate it!

  • katrinagehman

    June 4, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    What a great way to spend the last day of school. People like to comment on what every thing even if it’s none of their business, heck that’s when they comment the most.

  • Donna L (@PretentiousHW)

    June 4, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    How wonderful and a very special way to bond and spend time with them! –Love the note about “cruel and unusual punishment” LOL

  • Liz Mays

    June 4, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    That’s a perfect way to end the school year. I always did something fun with my kids too!

  • Kungphoo

    June 4, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Looks like they are ready for summer.. nails painted, and ballet tickets.. have a great summer!

  • Anna

    June 4, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    What a great day! I’m excited for the day I can do a girls day like that with my girls

  • Neatly-Packaged (@Neatly_Packaged)

    June 4, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    I love that area of Fort Worth! Isn’t it neat how Simply Fondue is in the basement!? Also loving the nail colors! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    1. Danita

      June 4, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      Yes, but I will say we had a little bit of a hard time finding it the first time we went. We were a little confused when we didn’t see it right away, but then again, directions are not my strength. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Paris (My Big Fat Happy Life)

    June 4, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    What a great last day of school! I get asked the social question all the time of my 4 year old daughter because she has never been to daycare and doesn’t go to preschool yet (although I am teaching her at home and debating homeschooling she’s suppose to start preschool in the fall). As others stated, she around other kids all the time.

  • amy @ one artsy mama

    June 4, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Soooo fun! What a great celebration!

  • Louida (@MissLouMae)

    June 4, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    That’s the prefect way to end the school year. Also thanks for clarifying about home schooling because I’m curious to know about it too.

  • aimee (@HouseofFaucis)

    June 4, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Oh how fun! My 7 yr old wants to go to the nail salon after school lets out. I have never been to the fondue place.. That is really funny what he said about girls and chocolate.

  • Aria Brown

    June 4, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    that sounds like the perfect way to end the school year!!!

  • Kay M.

    June 4, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    Your girls are gorgeous! What a fun day for the last day of school. These last two days of school for my boys will be half days. I am SO NOT ready for summer!

    1. Danita

      June 4, 2014 at 8:57 AM

      Thanks Kay! They are sweet, special girls.

  • lydiaf1963

    June 4, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    I love that you picked an event that requires getting “dressed up.” People don’t do enough of that anymore. Sounds like an amazing day.

  • anallievent

    June 4, 2014 at 7:28 AM

    I left a reply while on my cell, but I don’t think it ever went through! If it did, I just wanted you to know that I’m not completely crazy! 🙂

    What a fun way to end the school year! I love the ballet and I think you and your daughters look so pretty all dressed up!

    My daughter homeschools her 4 boys and she always gets asked if she’s concerned about their social life. They take music lessons, play all different kinds of sports, attend church and are constantly out and about trying new experiences. They are some of the most social people I know. Not to mention how well behaved they are! And they really love being homeschooled.

    Enjoy your summer with your beautiful family!

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