I am a keeper of all things that are memories.
I want my son to be able to go into his garage and pull boxes of memories out. I want him to be able to see his life in those boxes. I want him to flip through pages and pages of memories. Filled with his artwork and pictures and everything he has done. I am HUGE on preserving memories anyway that I can!
My son is in 1st grade and when he was in Kindergarten he kept coming home with these paper and I was at a loss what to do.
I didn’t want to throw them away or just shove them in a cabinet to sit there.
One day while scrolling through my news feed on Facebook my friend Steph had shared what she was doing with her son’s school work and I was like OMG YES! I have to do this!! And I did. So now I want to share with you all what she inspired me to do!! =D
You have this stack of your kid’s school work and not sure what to do with it…
I mean my son is coming home with paper bag puppets and paper plates he drew on.
I am happy I saw what my friend Steph had done because I am all about preserving memories and anything that is about my son! I want him to have things to look back on. I want him to have these memories and be able to reminisce.
You will only need 3 or maybe ever 2 things deepening on the things your child brings home from school. =)
1. Binder – I am using the thicker one for 1st grade
2. 3 prong hole punch
3. Sheet Protectors
Pretty simple things needed to save all those wonderful things your child brings home from school. =)
Start by gathering all your child’s school work and punch holes in everything. I did this on everything I could, including the paper plate artwork and paper bag puppets! If I could find a way to make it fit, I did! =P
Now if you are like me, don’t throw away the hole punches! Hehe. I use them to put into cards as confetti! HAHA, I am so evil! My Bestie Tonya knows all about this! I put glitter in her cards though! She hates me for it sometimes but she loves it too! =P
Once you have your holes, start building your child book! =D Pretty simple and a great way to save all their hard work!
Now being that my son is only in first grade, he comes home with all kinds of little papers and stuff that I don’t want to ruin or lose. I mean he creates these little story books and does all these cut outs that he put a lot of work into! I don’t want to lose them! This is where the Sheet Protectors come in!
I just pop all those little pieces right into the sheet protectors! I have one for all the little puppets and stuff he brings home. The second one is for all the books he has made and the last one is all the Valentines cards he got from his class mates! These are now all in Sheet Protector’s that he won’t lose! At the end of the year, I plan to put tape over the top of the Sheet Protectors so nothing falls out.
Don’t forget about those report cards!! After they have hung on the fridge you don’t want to lose them so be sure to add them to your child’s binder!
And you can’t forget about those rewards they come home. Good Listener, Perfect Attendance and such! You can’t lose those! So be sure to add them right in there with the rest of their work! My son, even though he is only 7, he is totally me! He loves going through his work and looking at what he’s done! I think it’s awesome and I know when he’s older this is something he will appreciate having!
Now I designed covers for my binders! I am going to put some free ones up later this week or next!
The cover has the basic information to tell you about his class.
I have his name, grade, teacher’s name, school and what year he was there.
This allows him to know all he needs about the class. Never have to remember a teacher’s name either! I can’t remember half of mine! =/
When you are done you will have something like this.
Kindergarten and first grade (so far). I did have the Kindergarten one tied with some yarn because he has his books in there. He had a poetry book and a 100 book challenge book.
I was able to take all these stacks of papers I had lying around and neatly organize them for my son.
Some kids may say whatever to this stuff but realistically we all want to have these things when we are older. Well not all, most.
It’s nice to look back on our lives and see where we have been and what we had done. It’s good to see how far we have come.
I hope some of you are able to find this helpful! To organize your kid’s school work is a great way to save all that stuff they worked hard on. And you can remind them when they are older and reminisce with you how at the time that probably made you want to rip your hair out and how it’s their fault you are gray! Hahahaha! =P
I know my son is happy to have these and when he’s older and I’m gone, he’s gonna be very happy I saved all these!
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