Looking for some homeschool graduation ideas? You don't have to go through a formal graduation ceremony to successfully graduate from high school. Some families fore-go the formality and celebrate in other ways.
My daughter, who graduated from our home school June 2011, wanted to participate in a formal graduation ceremony, but you don't have to if you don't want to.
Before we decided to do a formal graduation, we explored the idea of doing a small graduation ceremony at home with our family and some close friends.
A family-style homeschool graduation sounded nice to me. You could invite people over, have a time of sharing and then have your student give a short speech about their time in school and share their plans for the future.
Then you could give your son or daughter their homeschool diploma and give a short blessing or word of encouragement for your child’s next step in life. You could ask a close friend, someone your teen looks up to, or pastor to share a few words of wisdom with your graduate.
Graduations can cost a lot of money – especially if you are going to invite a lot of people over to share in your graduate's big day. Many homeschool families host open houses, just like graduates from public or private school would have.
You can find inexpensive graduation cakes at Costco, or you can make one yourself.
I'm not much of a cake baker. A l-o-n-g time ago, I tried to make a huge sheet cake for my oldest daughter's first birthday; what a disaster! It ended up in flames! Since then, I pretty much have given up making large cakes for birthdays and special events. :)
If you are not a baker, like me, you can make ice cream cakes pretty easily. Ice cream cakes cost a lot of money when purchased from a store, but you can make your own and save money. They're easy to make too, I promise, and they don't catch on fire! :)
We had an evening dessert open house for my daughter's graduation party. We made some of her favorite desserts and had a chocolate fountain with fruit and other goodies for dipping.
The chocolate fountain was a hit. We found the chocolate fountain at a thrift store for a few dollars and bought melting chocolate from Trader Joe's.
Check the dollar store or your local thrift store for some inexpensive homeschool graduation ideas and decorations. Don't be afraid to think outside the box!
When looking for graduation decorations, my daughter and I found two sets of curtains from at a thrift store that complimented each other – perfect for the dessert tables. One set was gold and the other set was red with gold trim.
The only problem is that you usually need to start looking in advance. If you know someone who has had a teen graduate recently, ask them if you can borrow or purchase their left over supplies. Many people don't want to store graduation decorations unless they have another child graduating in the very near future.
My friends and I were talking about our graduation parties at a recent get-together. Most of the women said they spent the most work fixing up their house and yard, not on the actual party.
To eliminate the stress and pressure that you can experience during this time, sometimes it may be cheaper and easier to just have a party at a local park. There is lots of space for games and activities for families to do, besides the usual – eating!
Another hassle-free and inexpensive option is to have your graduation at a church. You just decorate the room, put out the food and voila! No yard work and house cleaning = less stress and money!
You don't have to have a huge party to celebrate the completion of your son's or daughter's high school education. You can celebrate in other ways, like taking a family trip or taking your graduate to a concert or event of their choice; whatever is most meaningful to your family or graduate.
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Have you ever planned a homeschool graduation? How'd you do it? What worked? What didn't? Got a success story or some great money-saving ideas? Please share them to help others!
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