Here are the calendars I made for my attendance records.
Feel free to print and use them.
For records of work done- almost all of our units include either lapbooks or notebooks. I keep everything that we do for those. That is our record for science, geography, and history. Our math has one test for each lesson, and I keep those. I am not keeping any record of phonics/reading. I think next year I will be starting a book list, but for right now I am not concerned with that.
So what do I DO with all those papers? I have a binder with dividers for Bop and CJ, and all of their papers that I want to keep for this year go in there. Math tests, some special handwriting, a few of their worksheets for phonics. At the end of the year I will go through that, decide what I want to keep and put them in a big three-ring binder, one for each kid. I will probably only keep 20- 30 pages for each child or less.
Lapbooks are a harder question. For right now I have them stored in a file-folder drawer. They fit nicely in there and the kids can get them out and look at them. Last fall I decided to try putting our lapbooks into Bare Books instead of file folders. I like how organized and neat they are. Those can just sit on the shelf like the other books, and I love that.
What about projects, things that are too big to stuff into a binder? The only idea I have for this is to take pictures and add them to your notebooks. So far we haven't had too many big things, but we are planning to make a clay pyramid next week, and we will be doing a lot more things like that as they get bigger.
Do you have any ideas for keeping bulky things that your kids make for school?