“We’ve got spirit, yes we do! We’ve got spirit, how about YOU!?” Oh... that school spirit chant... Football season is back, and I remember how much fun we had in high school during Spirit Week each fall semester around football homecoming. Do you? Even if you didn't really enjoy school, you have to admit that there was an especially energetic cloud of excitement and anticipation lurking and lingering around campus that week. After all, there was more than likely a pep rally Friday before the big homecoming football game Friday night, which meant we would at least get out of classes a little early! Have you thought about carrying over some exciting parts of traditional schooling into your home school, too? Parts like SPIRIT WEEK!!! It’s the most AMAZING addition to our non-traditional education, and you may enjoy it just as much, too!
So, in traditional schools, leading up to the actual Homecoming Day at the end of the week, teachers and students participated in unusually fun and wacky daily themes that kids oftentimes went out of their way to "win" the unspoken contest of "best (or worst) dressed." Each day had a special theme or focus, remember? Monday may have been "Tacky Day," and the students were permitted to dress as wild and wacky as their hearts desired. Tuesday was "Twin Day" or "Pajama Day." Then Wednesday or Thursday could have been "Professional or Career Day." Friday was always reserved for "School Spirit Day" and everyone was expected to wear school colors from head to toe. We had a BLAST each semester during those sweet, d-i-s-t-a-n-t high school "daze"...
Then we went off to college, and…the excitement that once blanketed our former high school halls with a grandeur head-to-toe spirit week, the week that was always filled with fun, fancy, freedom had boiled down to a week of business only and just a "regular class" week.
HOMESCHOOL AT LAST!!! WE celebrate Spirit Week totally, authentically, the ArtEase! way! Not only do we celebrate Spirit Week each fall during the week before fall break, but we celebrate the week before Spring Break week, too. Not only do we have wads of fun each day with special themes, but we manage to engage in priceless schoolwork and school subjects, too.
If you haven't experienced Spirit Week on your homeschool campus before, YOU MUST! Try one of these spiffy, less traditional themes and observe how academics are slathered and meshed in all over the place.
MONDAY - BEACH DAY
TUESDAY - GO FISH DAY
WEDNESDAY - BRING A FRIEND DAY
THURSDAY - CAREER DAY
FRIDAY - SCHOOL SPIRIT DAY (BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION)
If these daily themes don't excite you, try coming up with subjects or themes that your children enjoy, and make a whole theme-day out of it. Make and eat foods related to the subject, paint something about it, and even write a synopsis of the day if you don't want to do dictation or journal. School should be as fun and engaging as possible and as often as permitted! :)
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