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DIY School Year Binder for Public School or Homeschool Students

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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.

Student School Year Binder

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

  • dividers

  • sheet protectors (optional)

  • hole punch

First you’ll want to start with a 1″ or lager binder. I use a 2″ binder for three children.

DIY School Year Notebook

Next you’ll need to insert a divider for each child.

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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.

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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.

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The next thing I have is each child’s school supply list. This stays in the section until after everything is purchased.

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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.

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I also keep this sheet in a sheet protector since it’s used for the entire school year.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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After setting up a section for one child I repeat the process and create a section for my other children.

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Additional Things to Store:

If you don’t want to use a binder you could use a magazine file and store each student paperwork in file folders.

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I really enjoyed putting together my new binder and hope it inspires you to become more organized this school year.

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4 thoughts on “DIY School Year Binder for Public School or Homeschool Students

  1. Stacey Greene-McNeil says:

    Thanks Saidah..I’m always looking for ways to get organised and this certainly helped…much blessings.


  2. Mandy Smith says:

    Hi! I just wanted to say thank you for sharing and encouraging on your blog. I love it! You are just precious. I know your family is so blessed by you. Have a good day!


    The Proverbs Wife Reply:

    @Mandy Smith, Thanks Mandy!!


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