I am in need of some ideas for what to do with my daughter's school papers that she brings home.
Bonita from Lula, GA
Tips for saving and storing school papers. Post your ideas.
I use the backpacks from my children at the end of the year to store all of the papers and projects for that school year. better then storing in a box because you can see what they made that year and and what backpack they had. It's fun too see the Ninja Turtle backpack from 10 years ago.
By Jackie (03/03/2005)
You can post them all on the frig until you can a bunch then take a picture of them all together. Save the best and put the others in another box that can be discarded when people (the little ones) have forgotten. You and they still have the best originals and photos of all of them. (08/18/2008)
By Glenn's Mom
Some folks make scrapbooks of their children's school work and combine the school work with pictures of that year. Something for parents and children to reflect about in later years. (08/18/2008)
What about buying the print iron on paper and scan them then use that iron on paper and put randomly on a white t-shirt. That would be neat. (08/18/2008)
I am currently engaged on an all-out war against clutter, however, I am very sentimental about my boys' artworks and school papers. I make my decisions based upon sentimental value. In other words I don't keep every spelling list, math hw, or vocab workbook, however, I sort carefully and anything particularly meaningful, such as papers which are imaginative or involve family members, art which THEY really want to preserve...you get the picture. For the art I love those huge Ziplocs (bought with a coupon and on sale of course) and they can be hung up, yay. For each year I have a file cabinet folder and I file their normal letter-sized works there. Another really good idea if it's keepable but not crucial is to scan it to a pdf and then pitch that paper! (08/18/2008)
I had four children and I kept one special drawer and saved all the report cards, progress reports, rewards and any special picture that I liked or a story they wrote. In the summer, when I had more time, I purchased three ring binders for each child. I also bought dividers and labeled them for each grade. I would then hole punch the items and put them in order. I also included special pics: first day, school pics, etc. I found that gallon sized zip lock bags could hold some of the elem. art work. I had three binders for each child by the time they graduated (one elementary, middle, and high school) At their grad party, I had the three binders out on display. It was a total surprise for the first child because I did this all in secret. (08/19/2008)
I do save many things in a binder using those protector sleeves. For things to large to fit in the binder, we take a picture of the artwork, diorama, sculpture, etc. and put the photos in a special album for each child. It really was a lifesaver with my son who never wanted to give up any of his creations. (08/19/2008)
One idea would be to scan them into your computer -- then you can size them for a small type scrapbook, or just save them digitally for any project at any time you choose -- sooner or later! (08/19/2008)
This is for all ages, even college. Get file folders and label each subject. Put the papers in the folders. At the end of each term (9 weeks, semester etc.) check to see that the grades reflect the papers. If so then you can get rid of the papers. Note: for college you might want to keep some stuff from your major. Sometimes even teachers make mistakes or don't record a grade. This way you have your copies.
For the stuff you want to keep, artwork etc. Pick items each term put into a large envelope, at the end of the year sort out the real keepers. Take the real favorite and put it in a frame and HANG IT UP!! You will have an amazing gallery. I have a wall in the kitchen that displays my childrens works. They are in medical school and college and it is fun to reflect on their years. (08/20/2008)
This is an idea from Flylady to reduce the paper clutter: Each week have your child select no more than 3 papers that week for you to keep. You will put them in a folder and at the end of the year there are not so many to go through. With the remaining papers each week, give them to relatives to post around their house, OR give them ideas like using them as placemats. Do give the relatives permission to discard when they are finished useing them. I make different stacks for relatives to see my son's beautiful work, and it is appreciated by all! (08/25/2008)
I had the same problem, papers everywhere! I bought an accordion file box for each of my children, made labels starting with "preschool" to "college senior", as well as a label for "church". When my boys get home from school after I look at their papers they file them. This is an easy way to keep all of their school papers (K- High School or college) together and the file box doesn't take up a lot of from. (11/12/2008)
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