Wrapping up the School Year

Every year we end school by sorting through our years’ worth of work and deciding what to keep and what to throw away. There are some things that my children write, create, and make during the school year that I truly treasure. Things like research papers, essays and compositions, some unit tests, art work, science boards, and consumable workbooks. I purchase a Tupperware for each one of my children and then together we go through the year’s work and decide what to save. It’s fun to reflect back on our accomplishments for that year and also to compare our writing from semester 1 to semester 2.
My daughter’s a 5th grader completing 6th grade work
My son wraps up his 8th grade work
And my oldest wraps up his 11th grade year
Artwork is one of my favorite things to save and some of the artwork gets framed and hung, while other pieces of clay works get placed around the house, but pictures and drawings have a special place. I take 2 pieces of poster board and tape them together along all sides except for the top. I place all of their masterpieces inside and it’s easy to store and easy to grab to look back on those creative works of art.

This year, for the purpose of creating more space, we decided to get rid of our measuring units that we made about 6 years ago. My daughter is totally a hands-on learner, and so to help her learn and have fun with measurements I started saving lots of containers of different sizes. She would take the huge storage container and bring it to the kitchen sink and then she’d put water in one container and pour that into another to see what was equal measure and what was not. By the time she was about 6 years old she started to help me bake and measurements were second nature to her. Me, I still have to have a conversion table close by, or better yet, my daughter, otherwise I’m in a big Hot Mess!

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  1. You've got great ideas! I love your portfolio idea and saving containers for measurements. That's a great idea for learning in the tub! I think I'll start saving some now!

  2. I LOVE the idea of the empty containers! That is so brilliant!

  3. What a great job! I never know what to do with the kids and their artwork!. Have a breat day!
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  4. Looks like lots of fun!

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