Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Our Girl

Documenting Our Family: Achievement Folders

Our achievement folders have all the important documentation- School reports test results and Merit certificates (which are the flash ones).

This is the stuff that could have a home on the odd scrapbook page- but not always and unlike the stuff in the school round-ups we want to keep it relatively permanently. The kids each have a clear file for this and we keep it in their school file in the filing cabinet.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

It wasn't me...

They announced the Kaisercraft design team on Monday I was one of the 134 people who missed out.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Friday, April 24, 2009

Thursday, April 23, 2009

A friend in need...

This is the cover for an 8x8 album...

So one of the lovely ladies in an internet group I am a part of is in need of a bit of cheering up at the moment so we made it a challenge to make her an album between us. These are mine and Kieley's pages....

These two are Kieley's..... cool huh?

This is the end page....
Even cooler is that one of the ladies in the group is compiling it all for us then dropping it around- Thanks Libby!!

And also seriously cool is that Anna from Anna's Craft Cupboard donated an album for us- sweet!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Documenting Our Family: School Year Round-up

Each year I do the kids a round-up of their school year. I just put it in the standard stationery store scrapbooks. It won't last forever but I don't think it needs to.

The title page has a list of all their teachers etc for the year. The following pages follow the same format each year modified slightly as they get older and content changes, but essentially it follows the list below. I always just choose samples of work which I feel are representative of that year of school. Like the first and last spelling list, the last week and one other of the reading log, a few pages from the maths book and so on.

I keep the list in their school folder in the filing cabinet.

Story writing is always the hardest one to whittle down there are always so many stories that I really enjoy or that speak to me about that kid.

All the little low key certificates go in this book as well. And some carefully chosen art works including the Calendar Art for the year. I write at the bottom of each page what the item is EG Topic Term 4- Space

(Except schools don't do "Space" anymore there's always some flouncy feel good question/topic like "Who's out of this world?" and they have an enduring question and a key competency and a bunch of other crap... which then all boils down to the good teacher teaching the kids how to think, question, research, and learn using SPACE as the example of choice and the poor teacher teaching kids about space. And in many cases the teacher is teaching the same stuff as when s/he taught 'Space' as a beginning teacher it's just 'wearing another hat'... probably one of de Bono's thinking hats. And then doing a truck load more assessment for what purpose? Um to tell where the kids are at? Didn't we do that before? (Yes) To see where the kids need to go next? Didn't we do that before? (Yes) So we are spending so much time on assessmnet for what reason then? Um it make the school and the Snr management feel/look good??? Maybe. Bleh! (I think maybe I have some issues surrounding this.)

Here's the list each item may represent one or more pages (the order isn't important);
  1. Title page
  2. Homework
  3. Handwriting
  4. Maori
  5. Spelling
  6. Topic Term 1-4
  7. Language Activities
  8. Reading Activities and reading log
  9. Maths
  10. Story writing
  11. G.a.T (if applicable)
  12. Misc
  13. Certificates and awards
  14. Art
I use a combo of sello tape, double sided tape and staples for this... as I said I don't need these to last and be archivaly sound. The kids like looking at them now and when they are bigger and have kids of their own who are studying Space (or some derivative of it) I expect they may get pulled out and giggled over. They actually take up a lot of space already and we only have 10 of them at the moment so extrapolating from that.... hmmmmm.

Ah it's all good! Really.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Friday, April 17, 2009

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Documenting Our Family: One Off Albums

As well as the general scrapbook albums that document our day-to-day stuff and special events we also have a few one off albums like this one called 'Dinosaurs from China' which document a single event where there was a lot happening and therefore a LOT of photos. This album is really quite old (about 6 years). Kieran and I took the RNZAF Boeing when it was very new down to Wellington and went to Te Papa to see the Dinosaur special exhibit.

Albums like this are fun to do because they have a definite end.
Because Kieran can keep it in his room and lug it round places to show people (as he did way back then). Because you can make them thematic following a set pattern or format (which I haven't in this case). And also usuing the same papers and embellishments all the way through... saves time and brain power and also makes the process faster.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

365 Week 14

This is last weeks 365- I was a bit behind, but back on tack now. I am really enjoying these and really pleased to have made it a quarter of the way through the year already. As I look at them on the computer I love the way they are stacking up... at the end of the year I will have a 104 page album... no idea how I am going to print/display it at this stage but.... way cool!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

We love summer; sandcastle album

This is the last of the Kaisercraft albums for now. It still needs a bunch of fibres on the binding but that will need to wait till I catch up with Carolann at camp. It has that poem from a week or so back printed on transparency and added in between the pages. It mostly all Kaiser with the exception of the MM letters, HS Butterfly and My Minds Eye bits and bobs....