Keepsakes from School

I don’t know about you, but I’m a very emotional and sensitive mama. If I could, I’d keep everything Brady, Mia, Tessa, Brant, Gracie, and Rayleigh ever made in church, school, or at home. But I can’t! In order to keep all their stuff, I’d have to build a huge storage building just for their artwork, notes, papers, etc. As a mom of lots of kids and who has limited space to store keepsakes I have to be picky when choosing what we keep and what gets thrown away.

Earlier this year, I purchased 3 cork boards from Hobby Lobby and Steven hung them in our entry hallway from the garage. I hang up their art projects as they bring them home. Brady loves seeing all his artwork hanging and questions me when I change things out, so I know he’s paying attention and cares. I will hang pictures, drawings, art until new stuff comes home that needs to be displayed, and that’s when things get trashed. For me, this has been a win/win situation. The kids see their work displayed and I don’t feel so bad about trashing their work.

 Now I don’t want to give anyone the impression that I don’t keep my kids’ schoolwork. Here’s the proof that I do and that I have a major issue of just piling stuff up and not putting it away properly. 🙈 I need help y’all! 😫


I do keep the most special papers/artwork/notes/etc and I fully plan to find some kind of filing system to properly file them away or maybe even do a scrapbook????

What do you do with your kids’ keepsakes? I’d love to hear your suggestions on fast, easy, and cheap solutions to saving your kids’ keepsakes.

💙💗💗💙💗💗

 Be blessed,

Michelle

 

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2 Replies to “Keepsakes from School”

  1. Hi Michelle! I love following your blog. Your family is precious!
    I taught Kindergarten at Wake Village for many years. Years ago, we did portfolios for the students. While this was a requirement for our GT students, we did them for all the students. I organized mine around a milk crate and file folders. Each student had a folder hanging in the crate. I put class sets of work (writings, copies of journal entries, art reflections as well as inspired art creations) in grocery sacks until I had time to file. I tried to make these a reflection of the child’s work, but occasionally I would add clarifying comments as well. When I had time, I would bring the milk crates and grocery sacks home and file everything away. While I tried to show something from each subject area for early year, mid year, and end of the year to show growth, my favorites were always the art pieces. They showed off a child’s spirit and personality beautifully. Each child also chose pieces to save in their portfolio. I always filed to the back so that the folders were always in chronological order. At the end of the year, I placed the contents of the file folders in a pocket folder and sent them home with the final report card. This worked for me with 22 students, and the end product was well worth the effort!

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