It’s the last week of school, and while most kids are cheering, many parents are lamenting. If you’ve suddenly found yourself inundated with a whole year’s worth of your kids’ artwork, school projects and report cards, you’re not alone. If you feel overwhelmed by the school papers piled on your counter tops, tables and any other flat surfaces in your home, you can probably relate to this email I received recently…
I was wondering if you have seen any great ideas for managing a portfolio for kids’ accomplishments. I really want to pull this together for my daughter (who is 7 years old) which I can continue to build on in future years. So far I’ve been throwing everything into a large container. I’ve been feeling guilty about this as what I really want is a sequential portfolio of some kind that will be an overview of accomplishments and pictures (awards, badges, report cards from school and sports, school and class pictures, key artwork or writing). I’m thinking most people do this but when I ask around I haven’t heard of any useful solutions.
Love to hear your ideas on this.
Hi Rose Ann,
Children’s report cards, awards, and other school-related items are important milestones of their achievements, but they can pile up quickly. I’m glad to hear that you have collected everything in one container. For parents who have these items scattered in various parts of the house, the first step is to gather them up and put them in one container. The next step is to purchase a durable banker’s box or a hard plastic portable file tote (pictured above, courtesy of Container Store) for each child, along with a set of hanging files. Label each hanging file according to the school year, and keep the current one at the front. When your child brings home artwork, awards and pictures, simply place them in a tray or bin that you’ve designated for this purpose (choose a different color for each child). At the end of the year, go through the items in the container together with your child, and pick out the gems.
“Choose the best and let go of the rest”
The rest can be thrown out guilt-free (or given to grandparents or other close relatives), as you’ll have a good sampling of the year’s accomplishments. Take photos of any items that are too bulky to keep (i.e. poster boards or 3-D science projects) and slip them into this year’s file folder, which can now be moved to the back of the box.
Hope this helps.
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