What do you do with all those papers and art projects that have accumulated over the school year?
I don’t want them floating around my house, but some of them are just too precious to trash. Is that because my oldest just “graduated” from kindergarten and I am still starry-eyed about my kids being in school? (Ok …possibly.) The teacher in me just wants to organize them all into a little book and that’s exactly what I did!
I have a basket with folders for each of my kids. When a paper come home from school that I find especially adorable, it hangs in the “aRt Gallery” for a little while and then it goes into the basket.
The basket has a folder for each kid. I put the paper in the back of the folder to keep them in some kind of chronological order. But, by the end of the year …it looks like this:
So, I went through the folder one more time–really only keeping things I loved or knew the kids would love seeing later on–art projects, a handwriting sample from the beginning and end of the year, 100% math papers, etc.
Any paper that was an odd shape, I mounted on construction paper like so:
When everything was a similar size, I took the stack to my local FedEx. For $5.00 (!!!!!!) they bound it for me into something that is manageable and allows us to enjoy the memories more readily. Five dollars, friends!
What about 3D projects?
Well, those get a special place of honor on a cake stand on the kitchen table for about a week …and then they do end up in the trash. SHHHHH! Don’t tell. (Unless it was truly a Michelangelo moment, then it goes in their memory box in their room.)
Does anyone else have guilt about trashing school projects?
Help a new school mom out here!