These are portfolios that I keep all year long. Let's see if I can explain this without being too confusing.
First, you need 5 paper bags per child. I get my bags from a local grocery store, Hy-Vee. I love the ones with the handles!
1. You cut off the bottoms, cut right where the bag folds. So, there would be no bottom to the bag. (Sorry no picture of this) I will try to take pictures as I make them this year.
2. Bind all of the bags together. So, you have 1 bag for two months (Aug/Sep, Oct/Nov, Dec/Jan, Feb/Mar, April/May)
3. I have the kids create a theme/seasonal cover for each month. The bags measure a perfect 12 X12. You could use colorful/seasonal scrapbook paper, or cut 12 X 18 construction paper down to fit. It is up to you! You can do hand prints, a specific art project...possibilities are endless. Do what works best for you.
I save writing, art, basically anything that I want to save. I also always try to take a couple of pictures for that month. The kids even picked out a few things to save! The bag holds everything...doesn't necessarily need to be flat paper. I will be honest with you, by May they get pretty FULL! It is worth it! We present them to our parents at our Kindergarten Celebration Night!!
This is the cover. I used my cricut to make this! HINT: always save the cover for LAST!!! I just write the child's name on the front with a marker..it will be covered up anyway...no worries. :-) I always have parent volunteers that help out a TON with these. I would never have time to do them by myself. They are a lot of work, but the final product is amazing.
I am working on a big "Kindergarten Portfolio Packet" right now! It will include a monthly checklist, printable month covers, poems to put on the front...basically everything (except the bags) that you will need to create these!
Here is a FREEBIE for you! :-)
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