Luke had his last day of preschool last Thursday and with June now here we are getting ready for a fun-filled Summer! We have a couple new adventures planned this Summer including Phoenix to see family (and my brand NEW nephew who was just born days ago!) and Luke is excited to see all his cousins!
We really loved preschool this past year and have so many fond memories of his teacher and friends at school. It was wonderful to see him dragging ME out the door to go to school every day! So now one chapter has closed and we are onto the next adventure! On my quest to get ourselves organized before going on vacation one thing I really needed to tackle was getting Luke’s school work organized and put away. This was my end result…
I didn’t save everything but there were quite a few things I wanted to keep and there are a few different ways you can get organized. All year long I collected various papers and art work from preschool in a file here labeled “School”:
I chose to get one of my spare binders and divide it into sections: Reading/Writing, Counting, Artwork. In the very front I put misc. information, his school yearbook and class picture. It’s really helpful to look back and see how your kid(s) are progressing with reading, writing and counting so I have always liked to keep a good selection of school work. I noticed a huge difference in his writing from the start of the year to the end of the year, it’s fun to watch them get better with practice and it shows how much they are changing!
I also kept a couple of the handouts of events that Luke particularly liked. For Spirit Week (above), I wrote little notes of what he chose to wear each day and what day he had the most fun doing! It will be fun to look back years from now and remember all these fun memories that I would otherwise forget! I used a hole punch for the things that would easily go into the binder and some of the page protectors for his art work.
One of my favorite things I put in the front of his binder was all the “fun facts” that he is currently into. He did this with his teacher at school so it’s neat to see what he is telling someone other than Mom and Dad about life! I am still laughing about how he goes on and on about making a rocket ship! He should have chosen an “astronaut” instead of “fireman”!
So what did I keep out for the Summer? I did keep out his Handwriting Without Tears handbook…for Summer practice! Along with the packet of fun Summer learning activities from his teacher. There are so many great ideas that I like to have on hand to grab when we are looking for a fun game to do this Summer.
I usually keep all his current school info and calenders in this wall organizer (below) I made in the mud room by the garage door. It’s the perfect place to keep things where they are out of the way but I can get to them quickly. I also keep my coupons, Luke’s activity calendar and my freezer meal workshop info here. I also made sure to put two large pockets at the top for mail in/out (with stamps in the pocket below). It was a total custom designed organizer that I made with the sewing machine…thanks for your help Mom!
I hope this gives you some ideas on how to stay organized! Luke’s school binder took me about an hour and I did it while Emma napped so it was easy to get it done quickly. Once I got it done, Luke went through it all and told me about each thing he did at school. It was fun to see him re-live it all! Happy Organizing! Keep a look out for my post next week about super FUN ways to keep your kids busy this summer with educational games to keep them on track with learning during the Summer!