Well, it's holiday time here in Queensland. A delicious, official 2 week break between terms. If you follow the school term dates, that is. We are not so strict, usually allowing ourselves an extra week or so either side. We loosely follow the school term dates in order to give ourselves an official break and allow time to catch up with friends and family who go to school. It also gives us a chance to take some time to clean, organise, and clear our head space. Mine especially.
This week finds me with a quiet few days to begin digging into some jobs I've let go for too long. Including one of my favourites - tidying and freshening up my bookshelves. As books feature significantly in our lifestyle of learning, our bookshelves get pretty muddled after a couple of months. Something I have been meaning to do for the past 12 months is reorganise the portfolio's of work I have collected over the years for each daughter. It is time to trim and get savvy.
I have a simple work storage system. A4 size folders with plastic pockets and any work that the girls have been particularly proud of or have put in excellent effort have been added, bit by bit. That's it. Unfortunately it has all become quite unwieldy when trying to show others samples of what we have done. It was high time I tackled this task.
I purchased new folders - one for each daughter. Each folder is now divided into topic/subject areas to make it easier to reference. And now, each folder holds the work I have sifted through, taking out what was important, beautiful, and a good example of a method/book/resource that we tried out. Feels good.
What also feels good is the trip down memory lane. How much we forget as the years roll on. Each sample of work, each completed project also stores memories as well as lessons long forgotten. Oral narrations, pictures, art works, home made books, delightful childish stories penned by young fingers and young hearts, experiments, and holiday journal memories.
What a delight, to take the time to walk down memory lane. Remembering the dreams of this young homeschooling mother's heart, and the little girls who loved stories, art, and playing games.