I am going to write a series of posts about preparing for the next school year. Even if you homeschool year round, you still have an ending the of the current grade level and a beginning of the new grade level. There are tasks that must be completed to insure a smooth transistion from one year of school to the next.
The very first thing I do to prepare for the upcoming school year is to clean out the children's "Work Buckets". The work buckets are simply dishpans with their names on the outside. The buckets hold their schoolbooks. I go through each child's work bucket, removing everything. I store non-consumable books for the next child, and then I decide what to keep. I keep very little.......I keep tests in a folder in my filing drawers, and I keep all of their writing. I think that this year I am going to bind each child's writing with those little comb binders. That will take up much less space than 3 ring binders. Finally, I put away pencils, crayons, markers, etc. that have collected in the bottom of the work bucket, and then I throw away all of the trash. Now I have a clean work bucket for next year's school books and supplies.
As the new schoolbooks come in for the upcoming school year, I place each child's books in their work bucket, and I store the teacher books on a shelf for easy access.