****Edited to add a preschool year in review page as well & a new download link***
At the end of every school year my kids bring home a binder full of papers: drawings, writing samples, report cards, photos, etc. A whole binder for each year. My oldest is finishing up elementary school this year, meaning he has seven binders full of papers crammed into a bookshelf downstairs. In my never ending quest to fit our big family in a little house, I decided it was time to consolidate. I had my boys go through each binder and pull out four or five favorite items from each year to keep and we recycled the rest. Then I made year in review pages for each grade. Now instead of seven unorganized binders that no one ever looks at my son has a personal yearbook that hits the highlights of each of his elementary school years. Keep reading to download free printables.
I think the items that we’ve saved will actually get looked at now – it was just too overwhelming to save every single piece of school work. Here’s what the year in review pages look like. Click here to download them.
(If you’d like to download a preschool page as well, click here.)
There’s room for a 5×7 photo, a quick fill in the blank questionnaire to help your kids remember their teacher, friends, and favorite parts of the year, and room in the upper right to attach a handwriting sample. You can slip each divider page into a plastic page protecter and file in a binder with that year’s schoolwork samples behind it.
My older son filled out all seven pages at once last week and we got his binder all organized – it took about an hour. It’s pretty cool to see the progression in his photos and handwriting from kindergarten through sixth grade.
My youngest son will start kindergarten in the fall, so we’ll be able to fill his pages out as we go along, adding a few schoolwork samples to the binder each year (and avoiding the clutter and mess of seven years’ worth of papers).
I hope these printables come in handy for some of you!