Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Best Ways to Finish School and start Summer Break

If school isn't out for your kids yet, it will be soon.  I'm looking forward to the lazy days of Summer and all that that entails like: sleeping in, less busy schedules (I hope), playing in the sun and the water and all the good stuff!

But I'm not going to lie- I'm a little nervous. Summer also means my kids eating and making messes ALL DAY long, plus they'll need chauffeuring, entertaining and refereeing.

In my experience, I've found that most things turn out better if I have a plan.  So I came up with The Best Ways to Finish the School Year and start Summer Break!


Ways to Finish School and start Summer Break



Summer is such an exciting time.  Long lazy days, no schedules, lots of fun etc.  But it's more fun when the chores are done first!

End of the School Year

Teacher Gifts:  Don't forget to give your kids' teachers gifts, thanking them for all of their hard work!

End of School Clean up:  Ggo through the daunting task of cleaning out backpacks.  Trust me, just do it right when school ends. It only takes a sec and then it's done!



Ways to Finish School and start Summer Break - clean out backpacks


How to clean out kids backpacks

  • Pull out all of the papers, books, binders and everything else
  • Have kids go through and save anything that's important to them
  • Take pictures of bulky items
  • Recycle the unwanted papers and binders


Ways to Finish School and start Summer Break - file papers and photos in yearly bin




Ways to Finish School and start Summer Break - wash backpacks and lunch boxes in washer


Backpacks and Lunchboxes:  Wash backpacks and lunch boxes- I throw ours in the laundry and wash them on cold, then hang them to dry.  Store backpacks and lunch boxes for next year

After the school year stuff is cleaned up, then we can move to Summer.  

Start Summer Break

Evaluate Summer Clothing:  First thing is to evaluate summer clothes and shoes.  Make sure everyone has shorts, T's, tanks, sandals and  bathing suits
Ways to Finish School and start Summer Break - evaluate summer clothes and shoes


Make Summer Bucket List:  Use these Summer Bucket List ideas to come up with lots of fun ideas and activities to look forward to!



Ways to Finish School and start Summer Break - make a summer bucket list


Make a Chore List:  Even though it's summer,  we still have to keep up with housework and everyone needs to pitch in to make it happen. Developing a Chore List makes that run sooooo much smoother.  When it's all written down and posted, I don't have to nag on my kids about doing their work because they can just check the list  to see what they need to do.



Ways to Finish School and start Summer Break - make a chore list


Make a Summer Food List:  Since kids are home all day every day, they are going to want to eat all day every day.  Something that can really helps with the eating all day thing is to have a Summer Food List.  With a list already made, I know what to grocery shop for to have available for my kids, and they know what is available to make for themselves.



Ways to Finish School and start Summer Break - make a food list



We have a limited amount of school years and summers to spend with our children.  Use these Ways to Finish School and start Summer Break with a little bit of preparation and planning to make everything run smoother!  



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