You, like most parents, probably love to see your kids rolling in from school with their sweet masterpieces and schoolwork. You also probably dread it just a little bit. Why? Because all of those beautiful representations of your child’s handiwork must go someplace. Do you keep it? Do you toss it? If you toss it, how do you explain that to your child without hurting their feelings? Actually, there are some pretty simple ways to not only preserve some of the work your children bring in, but also for disposing of those pieces that aren’t necessarily the cream of the crop.
Purchase a Container
The first course of action here is to keep everything together. To do this, you need a designated container. It could be as simple as a file folder from the dollar store or a small storage bin. If you don’t want to buy a receptacle, make one by taping two poster board pieces together. Once you’ve been through the schoolwork, simply store in its proper place.
Create a Gallery
Although it’s good to keep all of your child’s schoolwork together so that you can choose the very best pieces for the scrapbook later, most kids love to see their work on display. The refrigerator is a great place to show off work. However, if you have more than one school age child, this can be difficult. Create a gallery by hanging a piece of yarn, ribbon, or twine and pinning the work there for display.
Other Ways to Preserve School Work
There are many ways that you can preserve or display your child’s work. A lovely, simple method is to decorate family areas by framing your children’s most memorable pieces and hanging them on the wall. Laminate them and use them for placemats, or use them as wrapping paper. If you have a glass top coffee table, place pictures beneath the glass to both protect and display them.
What about the Left Overs?
For every really nice or unique piece of schoolwork you get from your kids, there’s bound to be 20 pieces of paper that you really don’t care for. That’s okay. Send some of the better pieces off to Grandma. If it really hurts your child for you to toss them, simply wait until they can’t see you. Make sure you hide the papers in the bottom of the can. Once a month or on holiday breaks, go through your file organizer and dispose of the pieces that don’t strike you as something exceptionally memorable.