Organizing Kids Schoolwork

I'm sure that you are well aware, if you have kiddos that are in school or have ever gone to school, the crazy amount of projects, graded homework, and art is brought home everyday!! It's a lot and the problem is it can add up very quickly!

I wanted to share with you how I organize with my 'yearbook' system. It's really nothing fancy but it works for me......and maybe it will work for you too :)

So let's start with the day-to-day stuff that comes home. I make sure to go through backpacks and folders for work brought home and sort it that evening. Most graded homework is put in the recycling bin unless it is something special I want to hang on to. For instance, a perfect spelling test or a paper with their name written really well (I do save random assignments throughout the year to document how their handwriting has improved.......I have little ones so that's important:)

Other things I keep:
most creative writing
book reports

Everything that I keep is dated and sometimes an explanation for why I'm keeping it (it made me laugh/cry or made me proud OR it was something my child was proud of)

I bought these journaling stamps for this purpose! You, of course, don't need to run out and purchase a new set of stamps. For me, it made it more fun to record my memory!

Once I've dated what I'm keeping (and I don't always write a paragraph on each paper:)
it goes here:

I dedicate an entire drawer to schoolwork beacause like I said it does add up quickly and I want it out of sight until I'm ready to go through it.

At the end of the school year after every last item is collected I go through my drawer and I sort again. I sometimes find that I in fact kept 30 spelling tests when really I could probably do with 4 or 5! There's always an overload of artwork when their little so if it's not something that really strikes a chord with me or it's something that they worked really hard on I get rid of it!

Oftentimes I involve my kids in this process and ask them of the items I'm willing to get rid of which ones would they like to hold on to. That way it's special for them too!

Now onto the year end folder! I found the largest 3-ring binder I could and embellished the front (this one is back in my scrapbook days)

and labeled the spine with the school years it contains

I organize each school year with a cover sheet I created. You are more than welcome to use it if yu think it will help you :) Simply right click, click 'save picture as', save to your hardrive and print!

I like to include a photo of their first day of school! Any additional photos I've taken throughout the year I put into photo pockets right behind the cover page.

And there you have it.......a organized 'yearbook' school folder!

I hope that this helps in your attempt to tackle that school work pile and easily organize them so they can actually be enjoyed!

Have fun with it! Good Luck!

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  1. I love the journaling idea! I think it turns the saved homework into a memory. I'm pinning this!

  2. LOVE this! my oldest is starting kindergarten and I am determined to do a great job at "archiving" his work. This helps a lot! Thanks so much for the tip! I'm here from Six Sisters Stuff and just became a new follower! I'm loving your blog am having fun going through your posts. I would be flattered if you stopped by my brand new blog for a look, and if you like what you see, follow me too!

    1. Thank you for the sweet comment Stacia!

  3. Great Idea and great imagination on how to make it so cute! I'm pinning this for later. My oldest is still in preschool.

    1. Thank you Emily! It's never to early to start :)

  4. Super cute! I love those stamps. We homeschool and keep a folder like this of all our work for the year, but they aren't this cute! Thanks for linking up at Pin It Wednesday.

    1. Thanks Camille! The important thing is you have it done, right! :)

  5. This is soo adorable! I love it!
    Cute Blog too~
    Hope you will stop by and share it with my Pink Hippo Party @
    I am your newest follower!
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  6. This is so great. I love the printable page for the info and picture too.. I'll def be adding that into my toddle art binder :) Pinning this!

    Thanks so much for linking this up to our Weekend Wonders party! We hope to see you back again on Thursday :) Have a great week!

    Following you via gfc now too.

  7. great idea. I keep my kids' stuff in a box. maybe I will go through the box and put stuff into binders like this!

  8. Love, Love, Love this! I have something similar but need to add the pictures. Great idea!!

  9. Love, Love, Love this! I have something similar but need to add the pictures. Great idea!!

  10. Very great idea! Love it!! I have the book kind you can buy that already have pockets, but they never have enough room! Thanks for linking up!

  11. Great way to organize. I just went through my daughter's huge pile of stuff from two years of preschool and kindergarten. Mine had just been sitting and growing in a drawer. I have sorted it and was kind of thinking, well now what? Guess I know now!

  12. This is the best one I've seen so far! Seriously, the best! I love it! I'm so saving it until my little man starts going to school! I'm pinning it and so going to do it. Thank you so very much for sharing! I'm so your newest follower! I can't wait to see more of your projects!

  13. I featured this today!

  14. I LOVE this idea and am definitely going to have to start something inspired by this!!! It's way better than my giant rubbermaid bin labeled "stuff only a mother would keep"!
    Stopping by from the Simply Home Life linkup party.
    Rhiannon at Being Mom{me}

  15. You are a featured favorite on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes this weekend! Thanks again for sharing! This is such a great idea for families with multiple children! Awesome!
    Mackenzie :)

  16. That is such a great idea! Mine is still in preschool and she already comes home with a ton of papers. Great way to organize and document their year. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  17. I am unable to see your photos for the school yearbook. Can you help? I love the idea and created one on my own several years ago but would like to see and or use yours. Thanks.



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