My kids needed a few extra days to finish up with September's. Now they will start fresh with new math boxes when they return from break.
I am a big fan of math boxes. I mainly use them for skill review. However, I also use them to lay the ground work for upcoming instruction and to allow for practice with current skills.
Here is a bit about how math boxes work in my class. To begin with, I have an easily accessible cabinet where I keep all of the math boxes. They are clearly labels with a number. Students know where everything is and exactly how to put it away.
When it's time to change out the boxes, I pull them off the shelves. All of the pieces go in a large envelope along with a master copy of the recording sheets. Then I reload the boxes with the new activities.
On the first day of the new math boxes, I show and explain all of the activities to the class. I really try to make the steps to complete the activities as basic as possible, so that the students can be independent.
Math boxes are a great way for students to learn. Not only are students developing their math capabilities, they are also learning to share, take turns, and work as a team. What more could a teacher want?