Another School Year! Change of Grade day 2018

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Another School Year has arrived. Each year we go on a field trip to celebrate the Bugs changing grades – advancing to the next grade level. We kept the tradition even though the Girls moved onto “real” school. Change of Grade day 2018 was extra special!

California Adventure Here we Come!

This year we received a large financial blessing and used it for Disney passes. We have had them several times over the years, including a year we focused on only Disney things for school. Disney-schooling was one of the FAVORITES of our homeschool journey – right alongside our holiday of the day year!

It was a unanimous decision to use the passes to celebrate our Change of Grade day 2018. We went to Disney’s California Adventure.

Picture Problems

When the kids were little I had them hold up their fingers to display the grade they were entering for the year. You might remember this picture from 2009, the first year we used the technique:

BIG MISTAKE. You run out of fingers when you are a sophomore in High School.. The cute signs people make are a much better idea…because now I have to caption the pictures. If you are just starting your homeschool journey, or even sending your kids to school. Trust me. Use the signs! (Unless you want to throw some feet into your pictures to get to 12th grade.) I have even created a FREEBIE for you to print!!!

Holding up fingers no longer works to show what grade the bugs are in: Megan is a Junior, Douglas is a Sophomore, and Lauren is a Senior.

Experiencing the Magic as “Big Bugs”

A Bug’s Land was always a favorite destination for my “bugs” Flicks Fun Fliers – the apple juice container was the flyer we always tried to get. At this size can I just say – CROWDED! 

All three kids are so proud of the fact that not only do they understand the physics of how this ball floats on the water, but they are strong enough to change its direction now, unlike when they were little! 

We let them go on the Jumpin’ Jellyfish by themselves – and through the joys of technology received this snap chat! 

 I enjoyed people watching while they got FRONT ROW on the newly re-designed Tower of Terror…it is now Guardians of the Galaxy Breakout. Still falling, still not riding. 

Traditions are so comforting. I look forward to these family trips each year, even if they are only day trips. After all only homeschoolers get to start the year with a field trip! 

First Day of School Sign Freebie

Whether you are just starting your journey or perhaps in the middle – The Homeschool Holiday Shop has a collection of First & Last day signs that work for homeschoolers, Parents, or classroom teachers!

There are both color signs as well as color your own signs. What I like BEST about these is that they are the SAME each year – the font, color scheme, and star banner don’t change! As the years progress you’ll have a nice rainbow of first & last day of school pictures for your scrapbooks! The best part is these printables are completely FREE!

Visit the Happy Hive store for your first day of school signs!

Would you like to peek into some other “back to school” fun with the Happy Hive?

Activities for the First Day of School

GBA Opens for the 2008-2009 School Year

Change of Grade Day 2009

Change of Grade Day – 2019

The Back to School Fairy

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