the kids are off school this week. someone asked alyssa today why they were off ... and she said "i have NO idea". lol! we've had year-round schooling for 7 years ... but this year we switched to a modified traditional schedule. i don't know what that means exactly. but i can tell you that they have an entire week in february off! since i needed something to keep me busy in between the kids and working today ... i dug out their school papers to sort through and organize.
although it wasn't in this neat pile, like the photo shows. it was literally all over the kitchen ... on the kitchen table, the island, the counters, and even the stove. this picture here actually shows what i got it down too ... after tossing a TON of stuff. the purple file thingie and the 7 bags of papers above it ... those all belong to alyssa (kindergarten thru 6th grade). the blue file thingie and the 4 bags of papers above it ... those all belong to sarah (kindergarten thru 3rd grade). the current years are kept in the kitchen cabinet ... i just stick everything they bring home in there.
i've actually been really good each year about sorting and organizing schoolwork and projects. by that, i mean that i narrow it down some ... and stick them in these large bags (each grade has a bag). samples of writing and homework, reports, journaling stories, artwork. and the expandable file folders are great for holding the important stuff ... school pictures, class photo, report cards, awards, student ID, special notes from teachers. each grade has a pocket and i just stick the important stuff in there as i get it. then they each have a large box that holds their file folder and all their bags of papers.
but i want to start getting this stuff into their school albums. i have the school KOTM that i got ages ago ... and would love to actually put them to use to organize everything. it would look so much better in a pretty album ... than in these bags! lol! so today, i narrowed stuff down even more. it's hard to get rid of some stuff ... but really, i can't keep it all. so i choose artwork to keep ... picked out my favorite stories that they wrote. it's still a good selection for each year. i'm not sure if i'll be keeping all of what i have here ... it may get narrowed down even more. depends what i can fit in the album without making it too bulky. and for the larger art projects and drawings ... i'll be taking pictures of those things and just including the pics within the layouts to go with each grade.
so, there's part of my plan ... and something that felt really good to start today. granted, it may be another 4-5 months before you see me mention this again. after all ... that's sort of how i roll. lol! how many of you are still waiting for me to show the finished albums i made for christmas presents?!?! i know, pathetic. lol!
and thanks to everyone for their words of support on my last post. and fun to see a few people come by from the very spot that i found the inquiring questions. it's all in good fun ... and i never took it as anyone being mean or anything. just curious ... about why i do what i do and where i do it, i guess. i didn't take it too seriously. really, i didn't! truely hope that came across ... i always wonder if people "get me" and my humor!