DIY School Year Binder for Public School or Homeschool Students
Not too long ago I shared a peek inside my school year binder which I use to stay on top of all things related to school and each of my children.
When I homeschooled I used a similar but much more in depth method of organizing the school year and simply incorporated similar aspects into this notebook.
I used to keep the kids school stuff in my Homemaking Binder but found it worked better to dedicate a whole binder to school.
I made mine very easily and will share a few quick steps with you on how to make one and what you should consider storing inside.
What you’ll need:
1″ inch or larger binder
sheet protectors (optional)
First you’ll want to start with a 1″ or lager binder. I use a 2″ binder for three children.
Next you’ll need to insert a divider for each child.
Now, because I don’t want to use my children’s official school documents I’m using labeled notebook paper to represent what I keep in each child’s section.
The first thing I place in each child’s section is their school year calendar. This is something I use all year. When I get it, I enter all the important dates in Google calendar. My calendar is linked to my phone so I am able to access it at any time.
I like to keep this in a sheet protector since it will be in here for 180 days. This way I don’t have to worry about it being torn.
The next thing I have is each child’s school supply list. This stays in the section until after everything is purchased.
After the first week of school, I add a copy of the class schedule to my notebook. Having the class schedule helps whenever I need to pick my child up early. The class schedule tells me exactly where they (should be) at any given time throughout the school day.
I also keep this sheet in a sheet protector since it’s used for the entire school year.
This section is such a huge help. With three children in school there seems to always be something that needs a signature. That’s what goes into this sheet protector.
As paperwork comes in each week it goes in here until I am ready to sign it. I sign school paperwork once a week. Things such as trip permission slips, forms for the main office and even school fundraiser stuff ends up in this sheet protector.
The next section is used to store interim’s and report cards. After we review them with each child and discuss the plan of action for the next few weeks, I slide their interim’s in here.
At the end of the school year this entire section is filed away along with any reward certificates or state test scores they may have received.
The next thing in each child’s section is a few copies of my printable Absent Student forms. Having these forms handy is a time saver.
I just grab one fill in the blanks and give it to my child who is returning to school.
Lastly I store each schools rule booklet in the very back of each child’s section. This helps when I need to recall the early school closing policy or simply lunch restrictions.
It’s also helpful when I am looking for a specific school number that may not be on my phone. At the beginning of the school year I always enter the main office and each of my children’s teacher numbers in my telephone but it’s always good to have a backup resource.
After setting up a section for one child I repeat the process and create a section for my other children.
Additional Things to Store:
: Monthly School Menu
: Locker number and combination
: School map (if starting a new school)
: Class newsletter
If you don’t want to use a binder you could use a magazine file and store each student paperwork in file folders.
I really enjoyed putting together my new binder and hope it inspires you to become more organized this school year.
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