School officially starts for us next Monday. And Wednesday we resume our weekly co-op with other homeschool families. We had an open house today so we could visit with the parents and the kids could find their rooms for next week.
A bulk of my time getting ready for the open house was creating "family folders" for each family. It involved lots of copying/ pasting, formating, printing, and copying of all kinds of information. And when I handed each person their folder I tended to say something along the lines of, "We usually email this stuff to you, but honestly we never know if you got it or read it. At least this way I KNOW you got it."
It took a lot of work to make the folders, but it was worth it. One of the organizing techniques I was able to use was putting different categories of infomation on different colored paper. Hopefully that helps parents keep the information straight and not let it all run together and get forgotten.
Do you do that? Put different information on different colored paper? To draw attention to it? What kind of paper do you use?
I prefer Astrobrights. I had some at home, but not with me at the copier. I was regretting not getting more. The color is eye catching and comes in so many colors (23!). And it is really a good weight of paper which is important because Astrobrights are used for so much more than printing and copying.
For instance, if you follow Astrobrights on Facebook you will find they have monthly design challenges to use their paper and Make Something Astrobright! Recently flowers were the theme, and on August 13th you can start submitting your designs for the "Get playful" theme. I'm thinking Astrobrights would work very well with all kinds of paper crafts.
Another reason to like Astrobrights is their "Give a Brighter Year" sweepstakes going on now. The winner of the sweepstakes will receive $30,000 in school supplies for their elementary schoo. And that winner (it could be you!) gets to take home a $500 gift card as well. Just head over to their "Give a Brighter Year" sweepstakes facebook page, give them a "like," click "go to app," and fill in the form.
So I guess now I need to go get more Astrobrights. If not to make something fun, to at least have some on hand next time I want to make copies for the co-op.