Friday, June 24, 2011

GRADUATION

~Homeschool Style~

Our
Panoramic
View...







360 degrees
of scenery...









in the Pacific North West...











Including a beautiful view of the Sound, along with some random rain showers...











Followed by our favorite sports stadiums;

Qwest Field
&
Safeco Field









...and as we come around full circle...















...the sun peaks out for a moment.

After all, it is summer, right?






If you haven't guessed yet, this is our view from the Space Needle.


So, what does graduation look like for a student that is homeschooled?

The advantage of homeschooling is that you can personalize not only their education, but create a graduation that truly fits your student's personality.

Nickolas...

our gifted athlete, with a competitive drive within.
Thoughtful,
practical,
with a spark of humor & charm.


He opted out of:

Senior pictures;
he prefers
THIS picture. It reflects his senior year, his dog, his moments in soccer, his schooling.
Graduation announcements; we even bribed him with the idea that some folks may even send money as a congratulations of a job well done. He preferred not to have the extra attention.
Graduation party; again, not eager for tons of attention, he shrugged this idea off.

So what did we do?

I pondered his relationships with other folks, his interests, his personality...

then came up with a plan of celebration.

3 Surprises:

1) Biggest brother, JOE, along with TJ, took NICK to a concert.
A Christian Rock Concert w/ The Newsboys, The Disciple, & Kutless

2) A senior grad & dad overnighter at the Great Wolf Lodge with Nick's
best friend & his dad.

3) A dinner at the Space Needle with us, the parents. We invited Nick's bestest friend from public school (which they were in the same class Kindergarten - 3rd grade). I thought it fitting to have his last "field trip" be with the friend he had his first field trip with. *grin*
This is where we handed him his Diploma & his high school transcripts.

We are so very proud of Nick. He has worked diligently, as some things did not come easy. He has been my faithful slow-n-steady learner.

Always respectful;
listening & learning,
absorbing & applying
more knowledge than he lets on.

Congratulations Nickolas,
grasp the future and make it as you wish,
believe in yourself,
and trust God always,


We love you!

7 comments:

Mama D.'s Dozen said...

LOVE how you celebrated his graduation in 3 special ways. Great job!

We, too, have had kids that saw no need of pics, announcements, nor parties. Graduation was just another day in their life as they moved on to college.

Others, however, have liked senior pics and parties. For us, those were more of the "girl thing".



:) :) :)

Denise said...

How awesome! This is my birthplace, oh how I would love to be back up in the Northwest. Have been wanting to move to Oregon for about 19 yrs, but the Lord wont let us out of So.CAL! Oh well...*sigh*

Robin said...

Congrats to your graduate! I have only had one graduate, so far, and love to see how others commemorate the milestone. Also, love the pictures!

Christine said...

Beautiful pictures! And congrats to your graduate! :)

Donna said...

Congrats to Nick! What wonderful ways to celebrate! Beautiful pictures of Seattle, one of my favorite places.

Cinnamon said...

I loved this idea. You were so creative and catered it to your son's interest. What a sweet Mama you are!

Thank you for your continued prayers and for stopping by our blog~ Cinnamon

Marla Grace said...

Congratulations! Awesome! Need some insight from you sometime. Have a 12 year old boy. All new to this Momma. lol!