Several weeks ago I was out for dinner with my sisterwives and one of them asked “What the heck do you do with all the stuff sent home from school. Especially the end of year stuff??”
I told her that at our house a lot of it gets trashed right away. Nice artwork gets displayed for a few weeks, then I take a photo of it then toss it. The really impressive pieces are kept.
I keep only specific things – things I think my kids would get a kick out of seeing when they’re older. I think they’ll get a kick out of seeing the things they wrote about and what their printing looked like.
I also love the work that shows progress like the monthly self portraits.
Also in the portfolio, I keep report cards, class photos (also Cam’s annual team photo for hockey and baseball, and Eva’s dance class photo), ribbons, certificates. Anything significant from that year…