Heart-to-Heart with Diane

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Monday, March 9, 2009

Homeschool Prom! Our 9th Annual

May I have this dance?

Emily, Julianna, and Louisa
My 3 daughters all ready for the Homeschool Prom!
Louisa is not yet 14, so she is going to serve refreshments.

Hey, we've really been at this—putting on Homeschool Promsfor 9 years in a row! Sort of surprised me to realize that. Life is what happens while you are making other plans, I guess. And I am really glad that this little bit of life found its way into our plans, because it has been such a fun tradition as my homeschooling kids have grown up. They looked forward to it, counted years until they turned 14 so they could dance too, designed and helped sew their formal dresses, schemed on dance themes and refreshments, listened to and chose appropriate music. It has been a great family project every year!

The thing I like most about Prom is watching the teens dance. It just makes me smile to see all these good, wholesome, modestly-dressed teenagers having a fabulous time with each other!

Girls dance with girls, boys dance with girls, boys ask girls, girls ask boys, nobody brings a date: it's great!

Come on, let's dance!

My daughter Julianna and my son Mark
show the teens how to do the "Stroll"

Wow, look at 'em go!
These were the two final couples from the Twist Contest,
showing off their best stuff!

Everybody likes doing the line dances!

Go, Ammon! The Bunny Hop!

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  • At March 10, 2009 at 2:36 PM , Blogger Eric said...

    Looks like fun. Do you plan on continuing these many years more? Our oldest is barely 12 & we would like to one day travel your way to visit relatives w/travel coinciding w/your 'Prom.' Enjoy, enjoy. AJ

  • At March 26, 2009 at 9:25 AM , Blogger Diane Hopkins said...

    Well, we've been at it for 9 years, may as well make it a decade! As long as my chldren have any sway, we'll have them every year for sure! Come and dance!

  • At August 14, 2009 at 7:56 PM , Blogger Dianna said...

    Hi! wow this looked like fun! i really liked the part where you said "Girls dance with girls, boys dance with girls, boys ask girls, girls ask boys, nobody brings a date: it's great!" i belong to a homeschool group in Louisiana, i'm going to be planning our spring dance! i was wondering if you wouldn't mind if i asked you a few questions on how you put all this together? we are in serious need of advice to plan our semi formal.

  • At August 15, 2009 at 12:18 AM , Blogger Diane Hopkins said...

    Sure! I'd be glad to help!
    ; 0 )

  • At August 15, 2009 at 10:54 AM , Blogger Dianna said...

    Thank you so much for helping us out! means the world to us!
    What can we do to liven up the party? last years dance was very dull no one would Dance even though we had them make up half the playlist
    How do you stream the music? do you use a DJ, stream it from the internet, use an MP3 or some other way?
    What are some things that the teens really seemed to enjoy? Like line dancing, or a video played at half time.
    How soon should we start advertising that we will be having a semi formal?
    What are some advertising tips to get them really excited about it?
    Do you know of any good ice breakers between the girls and guys to get them dancing?
    Last one, If you use a DJ what are some good tips on how to chose a good DJ?
    Hope that's not too many questions!

  • At August 25, 2009 at 11:49 PM , Blogger Diane Hopkins said...

    Can you write to me personally and I'll try to answer your questions? Thanks!


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