This week’s topic for the Not-Back-to-School blog hop hosted by Home Educating Family is Making My School Unique! But first, let’s announce the winner of last week’s giveaway… Andrea P, congratulations!

This week you can win one of Home Educating Family’s gorgeous wall calendars. Look for details at the end of the post!

We do education year round in our house, and it works really well for us at this point in our lives. Still, we do celebrate what we call New Book Day. (Doesn’t that sound so much more fun than back-to-school?) That’s when everyone gets some new pencils, crayons, etc. and we start our new books. Even Mom gets some new pencils, pens, and notebooks! It’s nice to have a fresh starting point once a year. Honestly I’m amazed by how much the kids look forward to New Book Day! It’s definitely become a tradition in our home.

We also consider birthdays holidays. Everyone get the day off from studying, and of course there is always cake! It makes birthdays special, and that way we can party at leisure without worrying about completing the day’s lessons. Besides, decorating the cake and correcting long division at the same time could get messy… in more ways than one!

We usually take a few weeks off in December. I look for winter/Christmas themed worksheets online and print them off for the kids. They have fun and still keep skills sharp. We do a lot of crafts and baking too. Christmas ornaments are a favorite project, and the kids always help me make homemade dog biscuits for our German Shepherd’s stocking! Last year we did the Jessie tree ornaments and readings. That’s another tradition that we’ll be continuing. Most of these activities might not be strictly considered “school”, but there’s still plenty of educational value in them.

We’re still in the beginning stages of our home education journey, and I’m sure that we will add plenty of more traditions as we go along. How about you? Do you have any special traditions in your family?

And now for the giveaway! To enter, simply leave me a comment telling me about a special tradition your family has. A winner will be randomly drawn on Thursday, and announced on Friday. Due to international sweepstakes laws, this giveaway is for US entrants only. This giveaway is not tied to any social media site.