Homeschoolers celebrate high school graduation in style, and our family followed that tradition.
Unfortunately, we didn’t celebrate other milestones that traditional schools celebrated. Along the way, I learned.
At one annual portfolio review of my boys’ work, my reviewer—who later became my supervisor and dear friend—gave me a Lenox plate. “You are my Homeschool Teacher of the Year,” she said. “It’s not fair that homeschool teachers are not recognized.” My husband agreed and took the family to dinner that night. I have vivid memories of that occasion.
I should have been spurred on to celebrate more of my sons’ achievements. I wasn’t. I continued to lag in celebrating.
A couple of years later, a phone call from my brother motivated me. He was headed to my niece’s end-of-the-school-year award ceremony. She was being recognized. I hung up the phone, ordered a cake, and bought three gift certificates from the local bookstore. My husband made certificates for the areas in which the boys had improved the most. We partied a few nights later, something we should have done much sooner.
June is a great month to celebrate our students’ work and progress.