A Pivotal Moment in Our Homeschool Journey

by Dawn Oaks on April 13, 2016 · 0 comments

There are certain moments in our lives that should really be pivotal.  High school graduation is one of those moments and I am happy to incorporate our most recent review of graduation supplies from HomeschoolDiploma.com.  Central to this will be our daughter’s diploma which was custom designed using the many options afforded when purchasing their Exclusive High School Diploma.


High school graduation is one of those pivotal moments.  A time when we know it is hugely significant and shouldn’t just be simply another day in our child’s life without recognition. It is a time of providing a blessing of passage into the next phase of her life.  We will graduating our second child this year.  A common thread that I have seen so far is that no matter how well prepared our children are or how much confidence we have in them, these kids are scared.  They are scared of having to do life on their own.  They are scared about whether they are “enough” – smart enough to learn material in college, dedicated enough to accomplish their dreams, and well, just enough….  It is also a recognition for you, Mom and Dad, for the devotion of so much to bring your child to this point.

Every family will choice how to celebrate.  We are fortunate to be a part of a homeschool cooperative.  Although our daughter will be the only one to graduate this year, the entire group will gather with friends and family on a special evening culminating her journey to this point and praying over her as she heads out into her future.

As the director of our homeschool group, one of the first questions that I receive from parents new to homeschooling is, “But can I give my child a high school diploma?”.  The answer is yes to both of those questions that seem like one.  Yes, you are capable and have the right legally to provide your child with a legitimate high school diploma.  And yes, you can actually obtain a real high school diploma to her upon fulfillment of her high school requirements.

We have recently had the opportunity to review an assortment of products from HomeschoolDiploma.com that we will be using as part of our daughter’s high school graduation in just a few weeks.  Michaela will be wearing a full cap, gown, and tassel for her graduation.  These can all be purchased through the company with a choice of color and the year of graduation.  Other items available are announcements, thank you cards, class rings, and lots of other fun goodies to put a splash of flare and fun into the event.  Michaela is so appreciative of each person that will be attending her graduation that she specifically wanted to order Thank You cards to send to those that attend.  We were thrilled with the quality and she felt extra special when they came in with her name beautifully scrolled across the front.


Each of the things we ordered from HomeschoolDiploma.com were of high quality and professionally done.  However, by far, the most treasured is Michaela’s Diploma.  It honestly took us a bit longer to order it than I thought it would because there are so many different options that allow you to customize it.  You will enter the name of your homeschool, your child’s name, how you want your name and your spouses to appear on the signature lines and if you need one or two signature lines.  Some other things that we were given the opportunity to select were:

  • The emblem on the front of her diploma
  • The color of paper it was printed on
  • The wording of the inside text – loved that we could incorporate our Christian faith and the maturing of our daughter as a person and not just her academics
  • The honor seal on the diploma itself, and
  • The incorporation of Scripture

The diploma is in a padded cover like those that many high school graduates will receive from their public and private schools.  We love that we are able to personalize even high school graduation as the culmination of our homeschool journey, but our daughter is thrilled to get a “real” diploma like many of her peers that are not home educated.

Before I close, it is important to note that HomeschoolDiploma.com also has graduation supplies for your kindergarten and eighth grade graduate as well.

As always, I encourage you to check out the other reviews done by the other bloggers on the Review Crew who are also preparing for their children’s graduation using supplies and diplomas from HomeschoolDiploma.com.


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As a member of the Review Crew from the Old Schoolhouse, I am participating this week in a series on 5 Days of Tips for Homeschool Parents.  This first tip has been prompted by none other than life itself.


Life has a way of throwing a curve into any well laid out plan.  And that is exactly what has happened this week.  After giving thought to the things I would love to provide some tips and tricks on as a homeschool mom for more than a decade now, life through us some curveballs and executing that plan has proven to be a bit of a challenge.  So Tip #1 has changed.  The first tip to surviving and thriving as a homeschool parent is flexibility.  This does not mean that you don’t plan.  But that you give yourself the grace and freedom to change course when needed.

There are those days that we have beautiful full days of school planned out and Dad happens to be at home rather than working.  We all love having Dad around, but it definitely has a way of changing our plans.  A day of Dad being on the farm all day combined with Spring like weather can certainly mean bagging the lesson plans and grabbing a hammer to help with fencing.

There are those years where the curriculum that we spent literally hours pouring over in trying to choose just the right thing does not seem as ideal when actually being used by our child.

Of course, there are the day to day interruptions of illnesses, unexpected appointments, days when we really need to focus on disciplining hearts rather than memorizing math facts, and the blessing of out of town guests.

Tip #1 is Flexibility

It is much too easy to get discouraged and defeated when the plan does not seem to work out.  We can get ourselves so stressed out that we are now behind schedule and put everyone under a lot of pressure to make up for that last hour or day.  That type of pressure usually only accomplishes one thing – stealing our joy!

God has ordained each of our days.  We must remember that the plan is not our God, but rather God is the orchestra conductor of our lives that lays out all of the harmonies and key changes to make our lives a living and wonderfully pleasant aroma to Him.  So the next time you feel derailed by life in accomplishing everything written in your lesson book, take a step back and remember that God’s plan will still be accomplished and we can trust Him as we take some unexpected turns.

This is a lesson that I seem to need to repeat many times over.  As a planner by nature, it is a challenge at times to really be flexible and trust God with the outcome.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s tip, which may come in just a few hours.  You see – life happened yesterday and then again today.  The need for flexibility became paramount and the timing and topic of this post is much different than what was planned.

What has not changed are the other great bloggers from the Review Crew that are participating in this week’s blog hop.  I encourage you to check out the great things they are sharing.  Here are just a sample of some of their blogs where they are also posting their tips and tricks for homeschool parents.

Annette @ A Net In Time
Brandy @ Kingdom Academy Homeschool
Brenda @ Counting Pinecones
Carol @ Home Sweet Life
Cassandra @ A Glimpse of Normal
Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses
Cristi @ Through the Calm and Through the Storm
Crystal @ Crystal Starr
DaLynn @ Biblical Womanhood
Danielle @ Sensible Whimsy
Dawn @ Guiding Light Homeschool
Debbie @ Debbie’s Homeschool Corner
Desiree @ Our Homeschool Notebook
Diana @ Busy Homeschool Days
Diana @ Homeschool Review
Elyse @ Oiralinde: Eternal Song
Emilee @ Pea of Sweetness
Erin @ For Him and My Family
Jen @ Chestnut Grove Academy

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