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Summer’s coming: 6 simple traditions to celebrate the end of the school year (+ free downloads)

Creating family memories for summer can be simple and fun for families. What better way to kick off the summer break than celebrating the end of school year.

Summer is coming!

We are officially on countdown until that last school bell rings. Right now, I have a fourth grader, sixth grader, and an eighth grader who are itching for a break from school. Let’s just say, after a full year of homework, projects, essays, field trips, and morning alarms, I am ready for summer break to begin too.

I get excited coming up with ways to take time to reflect and celebrate all our fellas have accomplished in the school year.

One of the best ways to celebrate the beginning of summer break is with a few easy and fun last day of school traditions.

1. End of year reflection

One easy way to capture the memories of a school year is an end of year review. Each of our sons takes time to reflect on their year before we plunge full force into summer. These reflections have been simple mementos our sons enjoy going back to read as they have grown.

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2. Milestone photo opp

I love to capture the memories of my children. Taking their picture at the end of the school year is an easy way to see the physical growth and development of your child. As a family, we often spend time together looking back over the first day of school pictures to see just how much our fellas have grown.

Mom tip: Letterboards and chalkboards are simple photo props to help document essential details for your pictures like date, grade, school, etc.

3. Host a car party

Oh, this is a new one to our family list thanks to a friend of mine. When it’s time to pick up the kid for that last day, show up with a party in your car. Throw some balloons on the floor, hang a few streamers from the car ceiling, and put on a few fun tunes. Take your time getting home and have fun. This is sure to be a hit!

4. Write a letter to your child

As a mom of four, the journey with each fella throughout the school year is filled with highs and lows. It’s important you take time to reflect and rejoice in the growth of your child.

End of school year review for mom #school #endofschoolyear #reflection

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5. A few of my favorite things dinner

Have a celebration dinner for your kiddos with a few of their favorite things. This annual dinner feast is sure to become a fan favorite. Whether it’s breakfast for dinner, ice cream, or pizza, just enjoy. These family dinners are a time my husband and I use to praise our children, share about positive character traits we have seen develop throughout the year and shower them with love.

Mom tip: Sometimes, school years are more challenging for one kid than another. Be sure you are able ahead of time to equally shower your children with praises. I know it can be hard when you have walked a difficult season, but your words of praise are seeds of life planted in your child.

6. Create a time capsule

Time capsules have become an easy way for me to decide what to keep and what to purge. Inside the time capsule, you can include artwork, handprint, current family photo, school photo, year in review page, a letter from parents, notes from teach, and any other special mementos.


Look, momma, you don’t have to do a lot to start creating your own family end-of-school-year traditions. However, you choose to celebrate, have fun. Your kids will be so, and you get to create memories for years to come.

Celebrating summer break,

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18 comments on “Summer’s coming: 6 simple traditions to celebrate the end of the school year (+ free downloads)

  1. Renee Theresa

    A car party! What a great post for fun new traditions! Cant wait to try this!!

    • Mamie L. Pack

      Oh, yes! I would love to know how it goes for you.

  2. i love ideas as well as concept, very good ideas to evacuate post-school stress

    • Mamie L. Pack

      Yes!!! Little things can bring such joy for our kids.

  3. Great suggestions! I love the pictures one. I try to get pictures at the beginning and end of every school year but I have not been good about organizing them and often forget what year they were from. I think my kids would love the favorite things dinner too!

  4. lightcamerafamily

    SO doing one of these! Thank you! xoxo

  5. i LOVE simple celebrations like this with my kids, thanks for this fun list!

  6. Oh these are all awesome ideas! Love the car party – and the special dinner 🙂

  7. stmarie38

    super cute ideas!!!! I love to celebrate things with my family and these are some great ideas!

    • Mamie L. Pack

      So much fun to little things like this for our kids.

  8. These are some awesome ideas! I’ll have to remember these when my daughter gets older.

  9. These are such fun ideas! Definitely using the car party idea when my son is in school! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Mamie L. Pack

      Oh, I am sure your kiddo will love the car party!

  10. Sonja- Too Much Character

    That car party idea is adorable! I am excited to try these out next year with my little man.

    • Mamie L. Pack

      Oh, the car party is always a hit and simple to do.

  11. Sooo happy summer is here!! Get to relax a bit!! Loved your tips and will be trying some of these with the kiddos

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