Cleaning up and organizing a year's worth of papers can be a cathartic and rewarding activity for you and your child.
Gather all the papers, artwork, tests, and notebooks from the year and spend an afternoon with your child going through them. Make an initial run-through and have her sort it all into "Keep," "Toss," and "Maybe" piles.
Go through the "Maybe" pile together and have her tell you the reasons she wants to keep or toss it. If she wants to toss something you love, explain to her why you want to keep it. You'll learn a lot about what work your child values and why, and she will benefit from hearing praise about pieces that might not have a high grade but you find priceless. Plus, just spending this time recognizing what your child has accomplished will demonstrate that you appreciate and value all she has done.
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