Not a new concept, but surely a good one.
After our little photo shoot yesterday, someone had the idea to bind together her geography flash cards. Helen came to me with the cover all neatly drawn and I got very excited. It's really great to see this little mind whip up her own projects, with just a bit of suggestion from mom that we take a few minutes to alphabetize them, and who found a purpose for a length of ribbon.
In her new book, Sharing Your Story, Recording Life's Details with Mini Books, Ali Edwards features several books for kids to learn from and to love. As with her previous titles, I purchased the book purely for the joy of reading about and seeing the inspiring projects. What I've found is that I'm generating ideas from its pages to serve our homeschooling activities as well. Ali's book is chock full of beautiful ideas in both regards.
Since reading is a huge focus for us, Helen also has a 'book of books' in which she creates a summary page for each new book she completes. She loves the ongoing work of this, and eagerly composes each new page. For that one we use a standard 8 x 11 binder to allow room for her young handwriting.
These little homes for her papers are just another way to engage, help keep her organized, and allow her to take ownership of her work. After all, what child doesn't enjoy making things?