A Pile of Papers

I mentioned in an earlier post that we finished up our school work last Friday and that I finished all the paper work ~ school is officially over. Now that it is over, I can't believe how much time I have on my hands for cleaning and sewing ~ even a nap in the afternoons.

I mentioned on Wednesday about my year long process of having everything ready for the final organizing and filing away. Well, here is what I do.  My husband bought this awesome expandable file folder for me a couple of years ago when I was storing all the coupon inserts from the newspapers. It has a new job ~

 This folder is perfect for my monthly cleaning out of my homeschool notebook. Each month, I add the lesson plans, tests/quizzes, worksheets, etc that are completed.
Everything is there, when I need it at the end of the year. This is what it looks like as of today. This file does not get emptied until I began the new year process. Why? I keep this where I can get to it, if I need it for research of a curriculum or a certain subject. It's also there, in case someone from the county/state calls; just in case.

Once I'm completely finished with all of this paperwork, I place it in a cheap 3 prong pocket folder like THIS. When everything is hole punched and placed in the file it will look like these. The one on the bottom is for this year, I've been hole punching so I can have that job completed.

I also write what is found in the folder on the outside.  Grade, Year, Sample Work, Grade Sheet, Tests and Quizzes, Yearly Progress Report, Lesson Plans, School Calendar, Copies of Letter of Intent and Attendance Forms if it is a school year where achievement testing is required that is also included. These are stored in a box in a closet. I also have the important files (calendars, letter of intent, progress reports, achievement test scores and grade sheets) saved on a flash drive.

I did not start doing this until Jamie was in fourth grade, so I have all of kindergarten through third grade to work on this summer. Yep, this is the year it is going to be worked on!

Seeing all the little things that were created in kindergarten is going to be hard to go through, I can get sentimental over that kind of stuff. I guess, Jamie is going to have to help me go through it.

Tomorrow is junior rodeo day.  YEEHAW! I'll be working on some knitting while the boring events (barrel racing, pole bending) are going on. :)

I love to hear about other people's organization of their school work and paper work. Leave me a comment on what you do.   I hope you have a great weekend.

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