I know how precious and special looking back on my children's school work really is. Every day, when we empty his backpack, the 7 year old and I put all his work into a box. Since I check his school work/homework each evening by initialing and dating it, it's easy to sort through and pick the best of each month to save.
You are the kind of parent any teacher would love! We call it "portfolio-ing" and encourage families to help kids make portfolios. The school also keeps one paper from each academic subject from the beginning and end of the year to pass on to the next grade. At the end of elementary school all those papers go home. It's a great encouragement for the parents and the kids to see how much they have grown.
Being a teacher myself, I taught my daughter early to portfolio. Now she automatically keeps papers she likes in an accordian file. It's a good skill to have.
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