Vote for our 2016 International Spirit Week Theme Days

Now’s your chance to get involved. The past 4  years, many of you contributed awesome ideas for our International Homeschool Spirit Week themed days. This year we picked the most commonly suggested ideas. And, we added 5 additional theme day ideas as well to bring you a list of 15 ideas! For the first time ever we also included an optional write in spot. Voting is now open. Please go vote for your 5 favorite theme days. And, don’t forget you can write in 1 additional themed day idea as well. We’d love it if you could help spread the word and get other homeschoolers involved in the voting process. You can do so by sharing the images below via social media. Just right click and save the image. Then share to your favorite social media platforms.

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Homeschool Spirit Week 2014 Theme Days Are Here!

We’re thrilled to announce the 2014 themes days for Homeschool Spirit Week 2014

Homeschool Spirit Week 2014 Theme Days

Homeschool Spirit Week 2014 Theme Days

Monday, Sept 22nd: Backwards Day
Tuesday, Sept 23rd: My favorite Sport or Sport Team Day
Wednesday, Sept 24th: Beach Day
Thursday, Sept 25th: Favorite Movie Day
Friday, Sept 26th: Pass it on (Giving) Day‏

Start collecting items and gathering your friends now.

Super Hero Day + Free Super Hero Activities, Sponsored by Free Homeschool Deals

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Welcome to Super Hero Day! This is the last day of International Homeschool Spirit Week and we have had so much fun in celebrating HOMESCHOOL this week.

We want the 2013 Homeschool Spirit Week to go out with a BANG! POW! WHAM! ZAP!

Here are a few Super Hero activities, printables, and games that you could use to celebrate Super Hero day.

Super Hero Activities:

Superhero Shirt-Capes Erin from Royal Baloo shares a super easy tutorial on making homemade DIY superhero capes.

Simple Stuffed Animal Superhero Cape

Super Hero Activities and Crafts from DLTK

Super Hero Online Games from PBS Kids

How to Make a Superhero Comic Strip Invitation with your iPhone or iPad this is a Birthday idea from Happy Brown House. You could use it to capture fun memories from Super Hero Day!

Free Super Hero Printables:

Batman Preschool Pack from 1+1+1=1

Superhero Packs both Math pack and PreK/K packs from Royal Baloo

Superhero preschool pack from Musing of Me Blog

Justice League Printables – printable cards and stickers

Secret Superhero Identity & I.D. Card

Super Hero Grid Game from The Activity Mom

I Want to Be A Superhero free on Teacher’s Notebook – you’ll need to create a free account to access this freebie

HOW TO BE A SUPER HERO – blog series from OhAmanda!

Super Hero Pinterest Ideas:

For additional Super Hero activities, games, and printable ideas be sure to follow the Super Hero board on Pinterest!

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Share with us, how are you celebrating Super Hero Day?

Crazy Hair Day and Contest hosted by Hip Homeschool Moms

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If you add together all of the years that those of us on the Hip Homeschool Moms team have been homeschooling…well, that would be a whole lot of years! Several of us have been homeschooling for close to 20 years, and others just a few years. One thing we’ve all experienced, though, is taking ourselves and our homeschools way too seriously! I know that I find myself doing that far too often!

For some reason, many of us think that education must be a serious matter. It’s very true that it’s important for our children to learn. That much is true. But education can also be fun! It’s ok, in fact it’s helpful, if our children learn things in a fun way. By doing fun activities, singing songs, and playing games, we help our children learn and remember what they’ve learned. I still remember the “Herb the Verb” song that I learned in 3rd grade! I also learned songs about adjectives and adverbs that year. And guess what? I still remember all 3 songs. In fact, I sing them to my kids every year when we study English grammar. Ok, my kids pretend that they’re embarrassed by my singing, but they secretly love it!

This week while we’re celebrating Homeschool Spirit Week, maybe you can try out a new and less serious approach to teaching and learning. Why not practice multiplication tables while jumping rope or throwing a ball back and forth? If you miss the ball, you have to say all of the 9’s by heart! You could practice handwriting by telling silly stories and writing them down. Don’t forget to make some fun (and silly) videos of the kiddos reading the stories! Those will be fun to show to their first dates later on!

My kiddos and I like to do our school work while snuggling with our cats or our puppy. We like to take our work outside on nice days. We sometimes snuggle in bed when one of us is feeling yucky. Now and then I’ll declare an eat-ice-cream-while-we-do-school day. Now that’s the way to do school!

We’ve answered practice questions while jumping on the trampoline. We’ve written very long and silly sentences with all 10 spelling words in a single sentence. We’ve jumped rope while answering practice questions for a test. (Ok, my kiddos jumped rope while I asked the questions.) We’ve done all kinds of things to keep it fun and interesting. And it helps! It helps keep my children interested in what they’re doing, and it helps them learn and remember what they’ve learned.

HHMCrazyHairThose of us on the Hip Homeschool Moms team decided to take ourselves less seriously by trying out some crazy hair styles! We can’t be too serious while sporting one of these, right? If you’d like to join in the fun, try out your own crazy hair style! And remember to have some fun while you’re teaching and learning!

Who is that masked homeschooler?

It’s 3 days until 2013 International Homeschool Spirit Week begins!

We’re so excited and hope you got encouragement and ideas from our first ever Homeschool Spirit Week Carnival.

Our bloggers had great ideas for celebrating Homeschool Spirit Week!

This week we’re running a post each day. Each post will be different but it will touch some way on our HSSW 2013 theme days. And the common thread will be things we all deal with as a homeschool community.

Our Sponsor for Friday, Sept.27th-Super Hero Day

Our Sponsor for Friday, Sept.27th-Super Hero Day

On Friday, September 27th join us here at HSSW 2013 as we celebrate Super Hero Day

Thanks Free Homeschool Deals for Sponsoring this day!

Do your kids have a favorite Super Hero? Maybe they have ideas for a Super Hero they’d love to create.

The possibilities are endless when we celebrate Super Hero Day!

Grab your mask, grab your cape and get ready to join us!

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Imagine if every homeschool family volunteered the same day

It’s 4 days until 2013 International Homeschool Spirit Week begins!

We’re so excited and hope you got encouragement and ideas from our first ever Homeschool Spirit Week Carnival.

Our bloggers had great ideas for celebrating Homeschool Spirit Week!

This week we’re running a post each day. Each post will be different but it will touch some way on our HSSW 2013 theme days. And the common thread will be things we all deal with as a homeschool community.

Our Sponsor for Thursday, Sept. 26th- Volunteer Outside Your Home Day

Our Sponsor for Thursday, Sept. 26th- Volunteer Outside Your Home Day

On Thursday, September 26th join us here at HSSW 2013 as we celebrate Volunteer Outside Your Home Day

Thanks Great Homeschool Conventions for Sponsoring this day!

As homeschool moms we’re giving of our time in many ways. We want to encourage our kids to do this as well. It’s fun to see our kids get excited about a cause or project because they connect with it. One child might love volunteering for projects that get them outside. While another child might love assisting with a reading program at the library. There are most likely lots of organizations in your neighborhood that would love to have help. Decide if a consistent volunteer job is best for your family/child? Or, if selecting volunteer opportunities on a job by job basis is a better fit.

volunteerNeed ideas?

  1. Call your local Nature Center
  2. Call your local library to see what volunteer opportunities they have available.
  3. Call your local community theater to see if they need help. Often they need people to help with sets or costumes.
  4. Call retirement communities in your local area.
  5. Call your local pet shelter.

You can find more ideas at Volunteermatch.org. This site lets you search by zip code and interest. They also have icons which will let you know if a volunteer opportunity is appropriate for kids and teens.

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Teens can check out the Volunteer section of Teenlife.com for information and opportunities as well.

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Do you have ideas for volunteering with kids or teens? Maybe it’s things your family has done in the past or opportunities you’re adding to your schedule this year. Feel free to share them in the comments below. Or, share them with us on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ by using the links in the sidebar.

Crazy Hair Day

It’s 5 days until 2013 International Homeschool Spirit Week begins!

We’re so excited and hope you got encouragement and ideas from our first ever Homeschool Spirit Week Carnival.

Our bloggers had great ideas for celebrating Homeschool Spirit Week!

This week we’re running a post each day. Each post will be different but it will touch some way on our HSSW 2013 theme days. And the common thread will be things we all deal with as a homeschool community.

Our Sponsor for Sept. 25th-Crazy Hair Day

Our Sponsor for Sept. 25th-Crazy Hair Day

On Wednesday, September 25th join us here at HSSW 2013 as we celebrate Crazy Hair Day

Thanks Hip Homeschool Moms for Sponsoring this day!

Homeschoolers are such a fun and create group. We can’t wait to see all the great ideas you have for Crazy Hair Day!

Our kids always love Crazy Hair Day. There is something great about being able to go out in public with the most outrageous hairstyle all with a good excuse.

Are your kids doubting that others really do leave their home?

Check out Homeschool or Bust. She had a big group celebrating Crazy Hair Day for Vacation Bible School on year.

Have a blog post with photos from a past Crazy Hair Day? Feel free to share them in the comments below. Or, share them with us on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ by using the links in the sidebar.