Moms with more than one child...How do you manage all their school papers?
Having three of the same thing often gets to be too much, so I have a desk bin for scrap paper that i toss the extras in and they can use for homework or whatever.
But their schoolwork can be a bit much as well. They like for me to look at their 100s on their math worksheets etc and I like to recognize their good effort and achievements. But how do I do that without having a mess of papers everywhere?
Last school year I used a hanging file folder for each child. At the end of the week their papers would go in. The end of the month we would keep the important stuff and clear out what was no longer needed. It would either be reused as scrap paper or recycled with the newspapers etc. I also have whiteboards/bulletin boards set up in their bedrooms. I use those for them to display their "proud work" (100s, As etc) almost as a self-motivator. As for the papers that are for me to look over and keep, I use my accordion file to manage them, either by child or by month. This year they also have a folder in their backpacks for them to put in their daily completed work. From there we go through at the end of the week, what they want to keep, and what makes sense to keep, goes into the hanging file folder, the rest turns into scrap for reuse and the cycle continues. (weekly/monthly purging, scrapping, etc) I guess it's working so far. They seem to be able to follow the routine easily, which is important.
What tips and tricks do you have for managing all the papers your children bring home on a daily basis?