Monday, June 11, 2012

Student Memory Binders

Organizing Student Work

I have been teaching for what seems like forever.  One of the hardest things for me to do is keep student portfolios organized.  I have tried this and that, but it always ends up being more work for me (instead of something students can manage).  After much time and effort looking for new ways to handle this challenge, I came upon Mrs. Terhune's First Grade Site!  WOW - does she have some great ideas!  My favorite is what she called a Student Memory Book.  I plan to call it a Memory Binder.  Hopefully, the kiddos will be able to manage this after I teach them the "ins and outs" of it.

Student Portfolios
This is a picture of Mrs. Terhune's Memory Binders.  SUCH an inspiration!

I created some monthly sheets that I plan to print on card stock and let each child color as a divider in the Memory Binder.  If you would like a copy to use in your own Memory Binder that I have inspired you to make (or just want a copy for your students to color), please CLICK HERE!   

Pages were created using Kids All Year from DJ Inkers and DJ Fat Chat Font.

As always - please leave a short comment!  Thanks for looking  :)


  1. I make memory books too! Love your monthly cover pages! Super Cute! :)
    I am your newest follower!
    Crayons and Curls

  2. I make memory books for my kiddos too. The parents supply the binders and we use Magazine page protects for the monthly items we make to put in them. Typically its a monthly self portrait and at least a photo taken each month doing something special that month, that gets glued onto a piece of cardstock and the kids then create a frame using a variety of materials throughout the year. I typically ask a parent to come in a few times a year to stuff our pages for our books. I teach K4 and we also put sample of their writing - stories throughout the year and other small special projects.

  3. Great ideas, Sue. Thanks for sharing. Cheryl, I just followed your site. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Great idea! I love how organized you are! I am a new follower of your blog and I would love it if you would check out my blog...
    What I Learned in Kindergarten

  5. Thanks, Michele. I just became your newest follower. :) I have a "blog" question - how do I get my blog name, Whooo Loves Kindergarten?, to link to my site in each of my comments? I have never been able to figure that out...and I notice that you have your blog name linked in your comment.

  6. Thanks for the info for organizing memory's something I want to try this year in my kindergarten classroom.