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As a mom, I feel like the last day of school is always bittersweet. I’m just as excited as the kids to enter summer and all the fun times it has to offer. But the last day of school also makes me a little sad. It reminds me how much older my boys are becoming and that they are no longer babies. I always think about “How many more Summers I will have with my boys before they go to college?” This thought makes me want to savour every minute of Summer, but before I close the chapter on another school year, there are a few things I need to do first! Accomplishing these tasks will make my busy mom life a little bit easier and will help me remember the previous school year. With my mind at easy, I can look forward to Summer and all it has to offer without worrying about the past.
Take a Last Day of School Photo
The last day of school is a major milestone for kids, seeing as they have grown and accomplished so much. The look of excitement on their faces that final morning is a moment worth capturing! I also take a photo of my boys on the first day of each school year. It is fun to compare the two photos to see how much they have grown. I have created this cute free printable sign that you can use in your last day of school photo:)
Have the Teacher Sign a Memento Book
When my oldest son was in Kindergarten, I read about the school tradition using the book “Oh the Places You’ll Go” By Dr Seuss. In this tradition, at the end of every school year have your child’s teacher write a short note and sign the book. Then give it to your child at their high school graduation, just think of all the memories reading those signatures will bring. Of course I had to start this tradition, so I ran out and bought a copy for my son and sent it to school with him on the last day. I stuck the book into a large envelope and wrote a note on the outside cover for his teacher to see. I also sent her an email so she would know to expect it in his backpack. By hiding it in a folder, it keeps wandering eyes from reading the notes before graduation day.
Purchase any Summer Reading Material
At my children’s school, required summer reading begins in third grade. So on the last day of school I like to run by the book store (or order from Amazon) any book that is required for my son to read that summer. By purchasing the book early, he can begin reading whenever he wants, and I can suggest reading the book whenever I hear the words “I’m bored!”
Schedule Some Mom Time
I love spending time with my boys over the summer, but 24/7 takes some easing into if you know what I mean. Since I am a stay at home mom, I am used to alone time during the day while the boys are in school. I can actually hear my own thoughts without being interrupted 5 times by my kids. So I like to plan one last “mom time” activity before the boys are home for the Summer. Sometimes I get a much needed pedicure or haircut. Other times I’ll play tennis with my friends. Even just a coffee date is fun.
Once the kids are home for the Summer I want to spend a lot of quality time with them, so I often neglect myself. I realize this isn’t always good practice but it is harder with the kids around all the time. This year I am promising myself that I will try to accomplish as many things as possible from my post 30 Things a Busy Mom Should Do for Herself Every Month. Planning some fun mom time on the last day of school is a step in the right direction.
Organize School Papers
Also on the last day of school, I go through all the papers and art projects that I have saved from my children’s past year. As they bring stuff home on a daily basis, I put it all into a filing bin to be sorted on the last day. I have been using a kid’s art portfolio from Alex Little Hands for years to organize all their art projects. My favorites from the year go into a section labeled for each grade and the rest unfortunately go into the garbage. I like to keep report cards, major school assignments, and awards separate from the art work in its own filing box. This task is a little time consuming but I really like to do it as soon as school is over, or else it just looms over me all summer.
Donate Old School Clothes or Uniforms
And while I am in mom organization mode, I also go through my boys school uniforms and clothes. I see if anything can be salvaged for next year and donated everything that doesn’t fit. By clearing out all the old clothes, I can make a list of what needs to be purchased before next school year. My favorite charity to donate to is the Veteran’s of America Please Pick Up Program. This organization makes it easy for busy moms to support our veterans. You schedule a pick up online and then leave your items on the front porch for them to pick up. How easy is that! I schedule my pickup and don’t have to worry about dropping off items over the summer. The Pickup Please program is not available everywhere but they do service most major cities.
Congratulate your Kids
My final and favorite thing to do on the last day of school is to congratulate my kids on a job well done. They have worked so hard throughout the school year and deserve a break over the summer. I usually write a nice note or card, and reward them with a special treat. Sometimes we go for ice cream after school and other times I buy a small gift to be used over the summer. I don’t believe in paying my children. to do well in school, but I do think a nice thank you for a job well done is appropriate.
After I have finished all my last day of school tasks, I can breath a little easier and relax over the Summer. Knowing that I don’t need to do anything for school until August is a weight lifted off my shoulders! Now, Bring on the fun!!