We haven't gotten to our nifty post-school-filing yet for most kids, but Claire was on-the-job even before school wrapped up.
Each year we sit and sift through the mountains of work the kids drag home in their backpacks.
Art projects and reports spilling out of well-worn folders from months of being carried around in heavy backpacks.
Notebooks filled to the brim with information carefully written about everything from the three branches American Government to how a cell functions.
And for some reason all that work makes my heart turn to mush. I imagine them sitting in their desks writing, getting up to sharpen their pencils, their satisfaction with the parts they did well.
Another year complete that has helped formulate their own theories of the world and to better understand the bigger picture.
I find post-school work to be a certain kind of "art."
So I love to have a way to record it and keep it close.
We take pictures of the big stuff we can't really keep, send mountains of stuff to the recycle bin, and file away the stuff we can't live without in our little hanging file folder bins:
Each child gets one to fill up from pre-school and kindergarten to the end of high school..
(The problem is that Lucy's is already pretty jammed and she just finished third grade...we'll have to work on that one.)
So Claire and I had a good little afternoon reminiscing on her 6th grade year.
Here's one of Lucy's projects we had to take a picture of before it headed to the trash:
Some day we'll get to all the other stashes of papers waiting to be sorted, but every year I'm grateful for my friend Nichole for such a great idea to help store away all those grand memories.
More about post-school filing back HERE and HERE and HERE.