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Summer is Here! Let’s “Box” up the School Year!
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At the beginning of the school year, the day our curriculum comes in is called “Box Day”. But today is also “Box Day”. Today we are officially done with school and now it is time to “Box” the school year.

In our homeschool year, summer is a time for swimming and reading. Everyone, including me, is ready for a break but there is still so much left to do. The whole idea of packing up the school year can be just as overwhelming as beginning a new year. I love order and organization, and purging our schoolroom can create chaos in the blink of an eye. But there is no need to make a huge mess; the clutter and chaos can stay contained in the boxes. Here are some important tips to help keep the mess controlled and get ready for a much-needed summer break.

First, find 2 large cardboard boxes (or more, depending on the number of students or the amount cleaning you need to do). Label the first one “recycle” and another “donate”. I encourage you to enlist the help of your students during this process.

Make sure all papers are graded and recorded. (If you are required to keep copies, then organize them according to your states’ requirements.) Put all papers that are not being kept in the “recycle” box.

Second, decide if any books are reusable. Many of the workbooks are consumables and can’t be reused or donated. These books are placed in the “recycle” box. Save the books that can be reused for a younger student in the “donate” box. You can find a used curriculum group or your local used curriculum store to donate them to.

Next, clean out any extra reading books or items that have been collected throughout the year. Ask yourself, "Am I really going to need this later?

We use BJU Press Distance Learning, which provides Parent Packets instead of spiral teacher manuals. I keep these in binders by subject. Once we have completed the grading for the subject, I no longer need these so I empty the binders into the “recycle” box. Those binders are now ready for a new school year!

Our final step in closing out our school year is probably the most important. Since we use BJU Press Distance Learning, our DVDs must be returned. Shipping these back truly is the end of the year. There is a real sense of accomplishment when you close the “box” on another school year.

When we first started our homeschool journey, I had big dreams of what summer would look like. I had bought all these fun activities, unit studies, and even a writing prompt game and we never used them. We never used any of it because my kids found BJU Press Vacation Stations, which provide 10-15 minutes of daily independent practice of math, language arts, and reading skills. Those were the best money ever spent for summer activities.

Now that this school year is literally in the “boxes” (recycled, donated, or returned to BJU Press), you can relax and enjoy the summer. You can now feel good about soaking up some sun and know that you get to do it all over again in a few short months!

Congratulations and enjoy your sun-filled summer! Have you started on your summer reading list yet?

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Amy Booker, HomeWorks by Precept Consultant & Homeschool Mom


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