Today is my sons’ last day of K-3. While it may not seem like a big deal to many, I want him to know it is a huge deal to me. It was the first year he has spent time away from home on a regular basis. This was his first experience in a classroom setting, interacting with a group of his peers, and a big step in the direction of independence. There is a lot to celebrate!
One distinct thing I remember about my childhood is that my parents were always in my “corner”. For any and every accomplishment, whether big or small, they were there with hugs, smiles, and an “I’m proud of you”. With each accomplishment I want to relay the message that I am in his “corner”. Not only will I be there to celebrate with him but it matters to me. I care and truly delight in each successful moment. As a matter of fact, I have been celebrating him since the day he was born. I’ve celebrated his first tooth, first crawl, first step, first word, and first day of school. And now I am going to celebrate his first last day of school. When I pick him up from school there will be a party in the car! All in his honor.
Of course there are a million different ways to create your own party in the car. But to get you started, I am going to share with you my steps to create the ultimate celebration. **A little side note, make sure you can see around your party in the car to drive.
Our Party in the Car
Hang some of their work from this year on your windows. Just a little personal touch to show them what they have accomplished. I also like to tape a school picture in front of his seat (you can see that in the picture above).
Use a window marker to write Congratulations, Happy Last Day of School, or I’m proud of you (I missed getting a picture of this but he loved seeing his name on the window).
Music! A party cannot be complete without dance music!
I like to have a little cupcake or ice cream to top it all off.
As you can see my little boy just loved his party in the car. I hope to continue this tradition for a very long time. I’m sure at some point my kids will be embarrassed by their mom driving through the pickup line with streamers, balloons and loud music but I will continue as long as they let me.
So, what do you think? Are you going to have your own party in the car this year? What are your last day of school traditions?
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