The last day of school is always bittersweet for me. I’m sad to leave behind the great teachers my kids have and I get a little misty about them being another year older. But it’s so nice to skip the morning rush to get to school on time. Before you blow up the beach balls and forget about school completely, try these ways to commemorate the school year that is coming to an end.
A last-day-of-school photo session is a must. How else will you remember how adorable your kiddo was the last time he got on the bus? Just like the first day of school, try to get a mix of posed and candid shots of your child. You might have him hold a sign that says “Last Day of School” with the date and grade on it. Or replicate the first day of school photo. If you can make it to the school, snaps some shots of your child with his classmates and teacher. All those photos will be fun to look back at someday.
Start the last day of school off right with a special breakfast. If you have time, take your little scholar out for breakfast before school, or pick up some donuts to eat at home. Cook his favorite breakfast dish.
Another option is to hold a celebratory dinner after he gets home. Decorate the dining room with graduation or school themed items. Cook his favorite meal. Or take him to his favorite restaurant for a special meal to kick off summer break and reflect on the now finished school year.
Don’t forget the special dessert. A cupcake decorated like a graduation cap is an option. Or focus more on summer break with summer themes for the desserts. Better yet, head to a local ice cream shop and let him pick out whatever he wants — plus extra sprinkles.
Walk Down Memory Lane
It’s exciting to think about all of the fun you’ll have this summer, but reminiscing on the school year is a good way to bring closure before you bust out the summer gear. Look back at the first day of school photos. Talk about your memories from the day and encourage your child to share what he remembers.
Talk about the highlights of the year. Did the class take a really cool field trip? Did he get named student of the month? Did he finally learn how to do something that was always difficult for him? Let him share what he remembers and you can also share your favorite parts of the year.
Now that you’ve wrapped up the school year and commemorated the last day of school, it’s time for summer fun. Grab your swimsuit and sunscreen and start having fun!