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6 Ways to Wind Down the School Year

Before you head to the beach and get into vacation mode use the remaining weeks of school to get your family organized for the school year ahead.  Mighty Mommy shares 6 tips to help you close out the current school year and ease into summer.

By
Cheryl Butler,
May 21, 2017
Episode #429

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The end of the school year is filled with mixed emotions for students, parents and their teachers. It’s exciting to be finishing a grade and wrapping up projects, final exams and team and club activities.  But it can also be bittersweet for children who leave behind a favorite teacher, friends they only see during the school year, and perhaps even a school.

The school year may be winding down, but it’s also an extremely busy time for families as they tie up loose ends and try to get everything school-related completed so they can kick back and enjoy the lazy days of summer.

Before you head to the beach and get into vacation mode use the remaining weeks of school to get your family organized for the school year ahead.  Mighty Mommy shares 6 tips to help you close out the current school year and ease into summer.

#1.  Year in Review

Once my kids get their final report cards for the school year, their father and I set up individual appointments with our kids, which we refer to as “office hours.”   We usually do this off-site and choose their favorite pizza or hamburger place so we can mix business with pleasure.  We use this time to review the highlights of their year as well as any struggles they faced so that we can strategize how to make things better for the following year.  Our review includes the following:

Academics. How did your child perform academically? What subjects were favorites this year?  Where were the academic challenges?  What can we do differently to make next year easier or more organized?

Homework. How did your child manage last year’s homework load? Do we need to work on organizational skills?  Was there a designated homework area at home? Was enough time scheduled each day/week for homework and project assignments?

In-School Extra-Curriculars. Was your child involved with in-school extra-curricular activities? Do you need to contact any teachers to ask questions about next year? Would your child like to do this again next year or do you need to request some different arrangement with school personnel before teachers go on summer vacation break?

After-School Activities. Was your child involved with after-school enrichment or club activities or team sports? Was anyone over-scheduled or under-scheduled? Do you need to contact any coaches or administrators to ask about tryouts or auditions for next year?

In addition to the topics above, when you have one-on-one time with your child you could ask some school-related questions to help facilitate some conversation between the two of you to see how he/she really felt about school.  Here are some discussion points:

Favorite subject learned this past year?  Why?

Least favorite subject this past year?  Why?

Teacher who had the best teaching style for you?

Something you are most proud of?

Best thing that you read or watched this year?

What was the most challenging aspect of this grade?

Did you make any new friends that you’d like to see over the summer?

#2.  Organize Paperwork

One of the most overwhelming aspects of the school year is trying to stay organized with all the paperwork that comes home in backpacks, binders or even announcements sent digitally over your school’s list serv.  If you’ve been piling up the paperwork for most of the school year, dedicate a few hours (even 30 min increments will do) and sift through all the clutter.

Sort and save the projects, forms, and anything else important and file under the current school year.  We have plastic storage bins for each of our 8 children where we keep only important keepsakes, art projects and academic paperwork and report cards for each school year.  At the end of the school year we label the year and store it in the bin. 

I also keep on-line folders on my home computer to keep digital announcements and forms stored.  At the end-of-the school year I clean these out as well so they will be empty and easier to work with at the start of the next school year.

Make a file for each child for the upcoming school year now.  Those first weeks of school are when parents are inundated with forms and requests.  If you have a file in place now, you’ll be ahead of the game for next year.

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