Jump to content

Childrens school workbooks
Do you keep them?

  • Please log in to reply
17 replies to this topic

#1 my4beautifulboys

Posted 14 December 2012 - 10:45 PM

Hi, I have got two at at school now, yr 2 and pre-primary (5 y.o) It's almost the end of term now and they are bringing home their workbooks, english, maths, diary's. They are really nice and to see all their year's work all together. But the books are mounting up as i have kept them all from when they started school, i feel bythe time i have all three at school, it will just mount up to too many if i keep them all. Its so hard to part with them. What do you do, do you keep them all or just a selection of the best ones.

#2 Lucky11

Posted 14 December 2012 - 11:00 PM

No I don't.  This year alone I had 2 big black rubbish bags full of their books (3 kids).

I'd be classed as a hoarder if I kept everything.

I do keep a few little personalised things.

#3 gizboo

Posted 14 December 2012 - 11:11 PM

I've decided to keep just their journals/writing books, the stories are too cute. Everything else is going!

#4 my4beautifulboys

Posted 14 December 2012 - 11:14 PM

Yes its hard to decide, i think i'll also be keeping their writing workbooks and diary's, as they do write cute things i'll have to keep. original.gif

#5 skylark

Posted 14 December 2012 - 11:27 PM

I don't keep any of them. I do get my son to fill the entire book and do all the exercises though, before I turf them. I have been interested to see the hand full of stuff my mum kept from my childhood (literally I think it's about 5 things), and my husband has a similar number of representative bits and pieces, so I see no reason to keep every single thing. Stuff which is particularly cute/funny/interesting or shows a sudden massive developmental leap I keep. It helps that I can scan stuff and digitise it, but I'm not going to do that with school work books on the whole.

#6 DontKnowDontCare

Posted 14 December 2012 - 11:42 PM

I either photograph or scan anything worth keeping that my son brings home.  It then gets saved on the pc and back up hard drive.

#7 DS1979

Posted 15 December 2012 - 06:47 AM

My son is only in kindy so at the moment I've kept everything that he's brought home but man, there is just so much of it! I think I will need to do a major clean out after xmas and cull what really isn't important otherwise our place will be filled to the brim with workbooks, drawings and just bits and pieces!

Thanks PP for the idea of photographing stuff before I chuck it - I think this might be the way to letting things go! original.gif

#8 Carmen02

Posted 15 December 2012 - 06:49 AM

no i dont keep them. I have a grade 4 and a grade 2 this year and the amount of work they have brought home wow!! I have kept some art work though

#9 Maniacal_laugh

Posted 15 December 2012 - 07:22 AM

When I was in primary school, we had a Record Book which contained our 'special' pieces of work. It was a sprinkling of stuff from all subjects, so we always kept those and binned the rest. I still have a couple of mine and it is interesting to see a range of stuff from across the subjects. So with my kids, I think I'd keep an A4 box and put in a few pieces from every year.

#10 gina70

Posted 15 December 2012 - 07:28 AM

Mine are older now.  dd1 at high school throws them out before she even gets home.  In the past I have kept journals, art display books and portfolios that the teachers have put together with their work.  Everything else goes in the bin.

#11 casime

Posted 15 December 2012 - 07:39 AM

Scanners are your friend.   Scan anything you want to keep and throw out the hard copies.

#12 Green Sheep

Posted 15 December 2012 - 07:47 AM

I have scanned some things like art work and made them into a photo book.  

#13 Expelliarmus

Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:13 AM

I usually tear out a few cool pieces and make a folio of the year that includes any certificates and things. They mostly get turfed. Anything bigger than A4 is photographed.

#14 mummame

Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:25 AM

I'll also be throwing most of them out. I have 3 kids and I would have no where to store all of their school stuff, not to mention we probably won't look at them again. I will keep anything special and the rest goes.

#15 Lyn29

Posted 15 December 2012 - 12:46 PM

QUOTE (gizboo @ 15/12/2012, 12:11 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've decided to keep just their journals/writing books, the stories are too cute. Everything else is going!

We did the same - I kept one book per child per year, usually the one that had their free writing in it. By secondary school I just kept one or two essays per year and the odd piece of pottery.

They're pretty funny to look back on now!

I also have one of my dad's writing books, a couple of my mum's, my grandfather's and my great-grandfather's handwritten religious verse books. I love family history, and *someone* has to be the first to save this stuff!

#16 EssentialBludger

Posted 15 December 2012 - 12:52 PM

I keep the good ones with stories she's written etc, and chuck the everyday workbook type ones.

#17 sophiasmum

Posted 15 December 2012 - 02:01 PM

No way, where would I keep them.

#18 Princess.cranky.pants

Posted 15 December 2012 - 02:07 PM

My 7 year old want's to keep it all. I keep the nice art stuff, the story books but most of it will be going... when I can sneak it out of DD's room! lol

1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users


First look at Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones's Baby

Bridget is now in her 40s and is a successful publishing executive - but also has a pregnancy to contend with as well.

Newlyweds send bill to no-show guests

Planning a wedding can be stressful – and, as most newlyweds can attest, it can be very costly, too.

Claire Danes: acting out postnatal depression was difficult

Actress Claire Danes found it difficult pretending to have postnatal depression in Homeland, as she had just become a new mother herself.

Sneak peek: Geleeo self-cooling pram & high chair liners

We just spotted Geleeo, a brand new self-cooling pram liner you can buy in time for summer.

The moment a 92-year-old meets her great grandaughter

It's a heart-warming photo this family will treasure forever.

How to prepare for breastfeeding when you're still pregnant

While every woman's breastfeeding journey is different, many hurdles are shared. Knowing what to expect will enable you to make informed decisions if - or when - you meet challenges along the way.

Win a Family Farm Trip with Shaun the Sheep

To celebrate the Home Entertainment release of Shaun the Sheep Movie, Essential Kids and Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment are offering one winner and their family a holiday to a farm.

Sneak peek: new Love Mae bamboo dinnerware designs

We do love ourselves some brand new designs in tried and true products. The renowned bamboo dinnerware from Love Mae has just had several more members join the family, in addition to a brand new website.

Mum who killed paedophile gets reduced sentence

A mother-of-five who killed a paedophile has had her jail sentence reduced by a judge who described her case as a "truly exceptional" one.

Win a Justine Clarke Pyjama Jam! prize pack

The Pyjama Jam! tour will see Justine Clarke returning to more intimate venues around Australia, creating the perfect comfy and cozy atmosphere for a PJ party.

Toddler's silent debate with mum about naptime

He might not utter a single word - but this toddler is having a great debate with his mother about nap time.

Silence is golden ... or is it?

Silence is golden, or so the saying goes. But when it comes to children, quite the opposite is true.

Awards 2015: Vote now for a chance to win $2000

Vote for your favourite pregnancy, baby and toddler products for your chance to win your share of $2500 in cash prizes.

Scientists identify potential birth control 'pill' for men

Two drugs that help suppress the immune system in organ transplant patients may have a future as the long-sought birth control "pill" for men, new research suggests.

Running for beginners: taking the first steps

It's that time of year when the weather warms up and there's more opportunity to get out and go for a jog.

Tips for turning yourself into a morning person

Mornings are a great time to spend time in reflection or to get outside and get moving.

Thousands sign petition for unborn babies killed by domestic violence

Almost 8000 people have signed a petition calling for a law to recognise unborn babies killed by domestic violence in NSW.

Pregnant Sarah Harris tells body-shamers to 'get stuffed'

Television presenter Sarah Harris has a message for anyone who tries to body-shame pregnant women or new mums.

In defence of 'brexting'

Mums spend literally hours a day with a baby attached to their boob, or giving them a bottle. Surely they don't all need to be spent looking at the baby?

How a fellow passenger made a mum's day on a flight

As any parent who has ever travelled with a baby knows it can be a daunting experience. The stares and attitude of unsympathetic fellow travellers only serve to make the journey even more stressful. 


What's hot on EB

Stella McCartney honours mum with lacy bra

Fashion designer Stella McCartney has honoured her late mum, Linda McCartney, by designing a special bra for post-mastectomy patients.

Don't panic: A granddad midwife's guide for dads-to-be

Mark Harris has helped deliver 500 babies. And he's now telling fathers what to expect.

How to be a calm parent when you're feeling anything but

Being a calm parent takes a lot of work, sometimes more than is obvious to those around us.

The joy and isolation of being a stay-at-home dad

It's cool, kind of like a second childhood. I love him to bits and think, on average, I'm an okay dad. But I also want to talk about the other stuff.

How baby Teddy's short life is helping save thousands of lives

He may have only lived for 100 minutes, but that didn't stop baby Teddy from saving the lives of others.

A heartbreaking trail of missed chances in death of baby forgotten in car

A haunting reminder to stay mindful about babies in cars, especially as we approach summer.

What to do if your baby has tongue-tie

Tongue-tie can cause feeding problems. However once it is diagnosed, the condition can be easily treated.

How to move house without losing your mind

Some people move frequently, while others like to stay put. But everyone finds it stressful.

'She had nowhere to go': how new mum's life began to unravel

The birth of her first child should have been happiest of times for Campsie mother Phuong Cao, but friends say it marked the beginning of when her life began to unravel. 

Women giving birth to a son keep some of his Y chromosomes

It was an experiment doomed to failure - they were looking for male cells in female bodies. And their search was stunningly successful.

Photos: How babies fit in the womb

A gorgeous photo series shows babies in the first hours after their birth - as they were positioned in the womb.

Baby tries to persuade stubborn bulldog to walk, fails

We don't know what he's saying, but this baby has a very clear message for his bulldog pal: let's walk - NOW.

The best toddler gift ever? Nine gender-neutral play kitchen picks

Without a doubt, one of the best gifts for a toddler turning two or three is a play kitchen.

9 easy steps to improve your baby photography

With a few simple tips you can take your images from random happy snaps to lovely clean images that create beautiful lasting memories.



What are your favourite baby products?

The Essential Baby Awards are on now, and we need your help! Have your say on your top picks and you'll go in the draw to win a share of $2500.

Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.