How to Document Your Child's Educational Milestones

Your child's educational milestones are really important, but even more than that, they're a lot of fun to look back on both for you and your child. Lots of new moms take lots of time to appreciate their children's milestones whether they be first steps, words, or birthdays, however there isn't quite as much time committed to noticing the first math problems, short stories, or even counting to ten for the first time! Through some simple documentation and even some creativity, you can keep these precious memories safe for years.


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    Decide a place to store papers from their school work along with photographs of them. The best place to store these items is a location that's not too big, out of the way from children's hands (avoid them from being destroyed!), and a place that's well decorated and pretty. Although it might not seem too important to have a pretty looking place to store mementos, however a better looking place and in brighter colors is more likely to be treated well and remembered. Try to find a bright wardrobe or filing cabinet.
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    Organize it in the way that suits you best. You can add files based on age, grade, or even educational subject (math, science, english).
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    Start asking your child's teachers for more schoolwork. Schoolwork is going to be a lot of fun to look back on as you and your child grow older, so try to gather and keep as many stories or drawings they do at school in the filing cabinet.
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    Interview your child. Every once and a while, pull out your video camera and ask your child a few questions about the latest field trip he or she went on, or maybe how they feel they're doing in school. Make the interview pre-made and then store it on a DVD to keep in the filing cabinet. Try not to do this too often, and prepare questions beforehand when you do.
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    Write down everything your child has learned in the last year on a piece of paper to store in the cabinet. Try to include each and every milestone you feel appropriate as well as a short message from yourself to the future him if you'd like.
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    Try turning some years into scrapbooks. If you're feeling extra creative, try getting some stickers at your local craft store and put them together to flip through in later years.


  • Explain to your child the importance of preserving the documents and let him do it for his or herself when he or she is old enough.


  • Make your own changes to these steps if necessary. But this should work as generic.

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