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School Work Keeper

Posted: August 4th, 2009 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions |

Storage Solution Series

Stomper Stash

Books of all Seasons

Practical Charger

and today:

Storage Solution #4 The Ultimate School Work Keeper

I’m the girl who wanted to get an SUV even before we had kids because I wanted to make sure I had enough room in my car to fit all the kids soccer gear. You know for all the games and practices that they were going to have when they started playing soccer. A little early, I know and I’m still waiting on that reality with my 4 year old…but another dream was when he would start bringing home school work and I would get to organize it. I know – weird, but I also think this comes from me being a teacher and creating end of the year portfolios. Now I just get to do it in my home.

So here is my plan of school work attack that is simple and inexpensive:

1. First you find an organizing system that works for you depending on the number of children you have. I opted to buy the 3 drawer option – the extra to use for crafts or maybe someday a third child? (This one was at Target for $10 bucks.) 

2. Find a good place to put it in where the children can reach it and it is out of the way.

3. Label the drawers or have the kids decorate their own sign for their drawers.    

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4. Now when they bring home their work it can be ooowed and ahhed at and then be placed in the drawer. (A great tip I remember reading about for bigger items like dioramas, is to take a picture of it or your child with it and then simply put the photo in their drawer). Note: I do try to make sure everything has a date on it (something the teacher should have them do anyways) but it will help them and you to remember when they created it. 

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5. Finally, at the end of the year, or even better, during a rainy summer day, sit down and dump all the work on the ground (my son loved this) and go through all the cool stuff they created. Then, together, pick around 5-10 items that they would like to save from that year. I can place that stack in a 3 ring pocket folder of their choice. If you can’t tell, GREEN is my son’s favorite color. Then put that folder into a big 3 ring binder to collect all their school years. 

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Now I just need soccer to start!

♥ Katie

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5 Comments on “School Work Keeper”

  1. 1 Kamee said at 10:32 am on August 4th, 2009:

    Love it Kate! This was one of my most frustrating things after finishing Jackson’s Kindergarten year. I will definitely do this for 1st grade. Love you and thanks for sharing!

  2. 2 Tamara said at 8:45 pm on August 4th, 2009:

    I read this… and I will be honest… I was most excited about the prospect of a THIRD!?!?! … but don’t get me wrong… this is a GREAT IDEA!! I already have a huge storage bin full of school work for D but I like the top 5 idea…I better get to sorting… and you better get to… of nevermind;)

  3. 3 Mrs. Q said at 11:55 am on August 5th, 2009:

    Fabulous idea! We are homeschooling, but I wanted a way to keep projects that we did too. This is a great way to keep it all organized. Thanks for sharing the inspiration!

  4. 4 Emily @ The Pilot's Wife said at 7:37 pm on August 5th, 2009:

    That is a wonderful idea! My little one isn’t quite in school yet, but I’ll be filing this away or passing it on to my student’s parents.

  5. 5 Andrea said at 6:47 pm on August 9th, 2009:

    I’m so glad you posted this! I have a file system but it must not work for me because the papers are all piled on top of the file system. Maybe drawers would work better! Why don’t I think of this stuff. Man…


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