10 Ways to Preserve Your Child’s Schoolwork

10 Ways to Preserve Your Child’s Schoolwork

The school year is over and there you sit, surrounded by piles of papers and projects trying to decide what to toss, what to keep, and where in the world to store the pieces you do decide to keep.

I can’t help you with the what to keep, but I can offer you some tips on how to preserve it once you decide.

1. Store schoolwork in bankers boxes

One of the simplest storage methods is to toss the keepsake pieces in a bankers box. When I’ve done this in the past, I preferred one box per child until the box was full, which usually took a few years. Then, you can just mark on the outside the years or grade levels that the papers in the box cover.

2. Take photos of the best work

I like to take photos of our hands-on projects. I have no desire to keep a salt dough map or a model of the Earth forever, but I don’t want to forget them. I snap photos and toss the projects.

Make sure you take photos throughout the year of things like field trips, science experiments, and dance recitals, too.

3. Scan the work and save digitally

Scan papers and photos and save them on a flash drive or external hard drive. If you use a flash drive, be sure to label it.

4. Create a portfolio of homeschool work

Some states require an end-of-year portfolio, but even if yours doesn’t, assembling a homeschool portfolio can be a fun, creative method for preserving your student’s work for the year.

5. Make an end-of-year folder

I love these creative end-of-year folder ideas! They’re a bit of work to assemble, but what an incredible keepsake they’d make throughout the years.

6. Store homeschool projects in binders

If you’re the less creative type (like me) and just want to make sure you don’t lose the important papers, store them in a 3-ring binder. Just insert the papers in page protectors or three-hole punch them. Then, write your child’s name and the school year on a binder insert and – voila! – you’re ready to store this year’s keepsake pages on a bookshelf.

7. Share artwork and papers with grandparents

Your kids’ grandparents need papers to show off on their fridge, too. Select some special pages, such as artwork or writing assignments, and send them on their way to the grandparents’ house.

8 Frame the best schoolwork

Yours is a homeschool home, so it’s okay for your walls to reflect that. Frame some of your kids’ artwork, poetry, other special keepsake pages and display them in your home.

9. Store homeschool projects in a filing cabinet

This is my current preferred method of storing schoolwork. I’ve got a small, 2-drawer filing cabinet with hanging file folders. I save the special pages as well as those I might want to have for reference when putting together transcripts or college applications.

10. Save schoolwork in bins

Specifically, I’m thinking of that little bin under the shredder. Okay, I’m mostly kidding. You do want to keep the special things…but don’t feel guilty about being selective about what constitutes special. If you’ve got a few kids that you’re going to be homeschooling over the next decade or two, it’s just not feasible to keep everything. They’ll forgive you. Use the confetti for your next paper mache project – and then take a photo of that before tossing it.

Kris Bales

About the author

Kris Bales and her husband of 25+ years are parents to three kids - one high schooler and two homeschool grads. Kris has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. She also seems intent on becoming the crazy cat lady long before she's old and alone.

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  1. Taking pictures and scanning pages is an EXCELLENT idea! I tend to take that one step further with uploading it to a cloud, like Google Drive or Google Photos. This has become a great way for me to still have access to my cherished files and photos, without taking up a bunch of space on my personal devices.

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