People in my life would maybe say that I’m an all or nothing kind of girl. Once I make up my mind, there’s no going back. Remember how I recently made a family binder and Post-it Note grids? Well that started an organizational kick. Finally. It only took 30 something years, but I am feeling the need to organize. Phew! Part of my organizing kick included this back to school binder.
First things first, I bought different colored binders and created a simple cover for each one. Below I shared a generic version so you can add your child’s name to it.
I wanted a grade printable for my almost 2nd, 6th and 8th grader. Originally I was just going to have them hold it for a picture but then I decided it’d be fun to have them write what they were looking forward to or hoping for in their upcoming year around the grade.
These days my 6th grader is not a fan of traditional smiling pictures. Instead I get this:
After I took her picture, I put that printable grade into a sheet protector and it’s at the beginning of her binder:
Next I created an “All About Me” sheet for each grade. (see printables below) I added the picture of Julia into it and had her fill out the sheet. I plan on having each one of my kids fill one out at the end of the year too. There is a spot for a 4×6 picture on this sheet.
In this school binder, there are several sections. The idea is to have one for each child so that all of their important things can be in their binder. This binder can carry on through the rest of the grades. Some of the sections are: homework, artwork, grades, and calendar. Sadly for her, Julia carries on her mom’s not-so-organized trait. One of the things I’m determined to teach her this year is to keep better track of things. To help with that, I made a calendar and punched holes to add it to her binder. She can pencil in all of her important assignments and things she needs to remember. I want her to start junior high next year as a much more organized and responsible student.
I’ve done all the hard work creating the sheets, you just have to click below! Grab a binder, some sheet protectors, dividers and school supplies at any store and get to it. Now is the time to do this when there are SO many deals for supplies. I found several posts on deal sites sharing school supply sales (ie this Back to School Stock Up Worthy post). In some cases you can get stuff for free. For free people!! And if I’m sharing these for free…..then the whole thing is free….and you really have no excuses. Right? Right. If I can tackle this project, anyone can.
As always, all printables are for 30days subscribers and personal use only. Thank you!
The following printables are 8.5×11.” Make sure to check your printer settings when printing.
GENERIC BINDER COVERS:
Just write your child’s name on the line and you’re set.
Boys Binder Cover
Girls Binder Cover
ALL ABOUT ME PRINTABLES:
Here’s a generic version of All About Me if you want to make copies to use in future years!
You can get the all new Student Binder here!
Follow me on Instagram to see what printables and projects I’m working on next! And don’t miss my other 100+ printables.
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Thank you so much! You are so talented!!! This is so helpful to a mom who is trying to acclimate to her oldest son going to middle school this year! Bless you!!
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Hi, I have a question. I was trying to download to print but it keeps telling me I’m not aloud. Can you please help me out? Thank you!!
I love all the printables, thank you!! Could I get the file for the grade page & First Day of School interviews?
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When will the 2015 calendar be put up?
Love this school binder. I am keeping all the papers that are sent home that I might to refer to through out the year in the binder.
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I love this idea. I took the photo of my granddaughter holding the number “3” for third grade and we put that one as the binder cover. Then, I had her turn around so that I could take a photo of her back while she was holding the number “3” and we put that photo on the back of the binder.
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These are great just printed off 4 complete sets to put together for my 4 grandchildren (it will be their parents homemade gift for Christmas- I try every year to make or put together something personal from me as one of their gifts). I saw in a picture that you had a spine on the binders but didnt see where I could download that, did I miss it? Thank you Thank you this is awesome…My grandchildren are 1st grade, 4, 2 & 1 so the younger ones wont need for awhile but will be glad they are all ready for when they are ready for school.
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Thank you ever so much wanted to make something for my granddaughter and grandson it is awesome
Hi I love your website and follow you on Facebook… I understand how hard you work on these binders but I do have one little question to ask… I live in Australia and a lot of my friends love your ideas and use them so I was just wondering if there is any. Hangs that you could make up the matching pages for prep because in Australia our kids go from kindergarten to prep before going to grade one… It seems such a shame to not be able to use this idea because there is not prep… For a boy and a girl if possible as I have one of each starting prep next year and would love to complete the binder for them and back date it for this year of kindergarten.
Many thanks all the way from Australia
I see I’m finding this a bit after you posted it, so I’m not sure you’ll even see this comment. But… if you do… do you have a copy of the all about me page that says Last Day of School? I love your printables, you are amazing!
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I just found my way to your blog via Pinterest. Thank you for the All About Me printables! I’ll be using those for my preschool and kindergarten-aged daughters who just started their first year of (home)school!
Have printed out your printable a but I expanded a bit and made a “Master Binder” with copies of all the ones I will need repeatedly so I can just copy when needed.
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This is awesome! My little guy will start preschool this year and then *gasp* kindergarten next year so I’m definitely making up a binder! Thanks so much for this :)
Your ideas are genius. I love them ALL!!!
I wish I had started them years ago as well.
I have always thought about a lot of the same ideas you have but you have done all the work in creating the templates.
Thank you so much!
Thank you SOOOOOO much for all the time you put into these binders! I may have printed out every one of them…. ;-) Now I just need you to keep these up for a few more years so I can keep updating them :-)
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Joanna Rodriguez says
Hi I really enjoy seeing the things you put on her. I love all the organization. I printed the school info out for my kids binder. Do you by any chance have a headstart one? They went to head start before Pre-K. That would be great if you did. Thanks for adding all this on.
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I am writing to request permission to use parts of this binder in my classroom. I am a special education teacher and would like to use your binder as an organization tool that would help my kiddos transition from one grade to another with greater ease. By using the divided sections to insert items such as IEP’s, accommodations, and notes from multiple teachers, I think it would be the perfect tool to help make the switch from one grade to another easier. Plus, it looks cool, and we all know that cool-factor is a huge part in students wanting to use anything!
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Love your calendars. Any update on when we can expect 2014 months?
LOVE you ideas! Are you planning to share the second half of the year calendars?!?! I have been patiently awaiting :).
I love all of your printables! I keep checking back often to make sure that I don’t miss the second part of your calendars! :) I’ve been using them in my kids’ binders! :)
I love all your printables. Just wondering when you will be posting the calendar for next year. I am a teacher and just planning ahead for the new year. Holy cow! Time flies.
I love the calendar! I would love to have 2014 calendars. Thank you!
Thanks! I’ll be sharing a 2014 calendar at the end of the year. ;)
Awesome work! Thank you soooo much for sharing. My girls and I suffer with ADHD and finding your site was a God send! It makes such a difference in our lives when we are organized.
Colette Topfer says
I LOVE THIS! I am going to print everything and start my books now! My Son is 3 and my daughter is coming in a month so I am going to start every year even before school starts! What a great memory book for them to have when they get older!!
What font did you use for “All About Me”? I really like it!
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Thank you so much for sharing this. It helps me to be more organized.
Thanks so much for sharing this! My little dude just started preschool this year, and I’ve started a binder for him
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Thanks so much for the printables. Love them!
Mary-andering Creatively says
Hi, thanks so much for sharing this. I found you on the Pursuit of a Functional Home back to school hop. :)
Bethany B. says
Thank you SO SO much for the time you put into these and then for sharing them with the rest of us!! My son starts school tomorrow and this will make for a really fun yearly tradition!
Thank you again!
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I love anything that makes me or the kids more organized! Just stopping by to welcome you to the Social Fabric Community!
I don’t even have a family yet but I saved this because this is such an amazing idea! Thank you so much for the freebie printables.
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I love your ideas.. My son starts Kndergarten next week and I would love to start some good traditions and habits to collect more memories!
Thank you for freely sharing your printables!
You’re welcome Suma! Glad you like them.
Okay, I feel so stupid but can you get these in a writable file so you can type in the name on the cover? Thanks!!!
No reason to feel stupid Jacolyn! :) Unfortunately there isn’t a way to add in your own text for the name. I’ve tried to figure out a way but so far it means purchasing an extra (expensive) program. If I can figure out another way, I’ll let you know. Sorry about that!
I was able to add my kids’ names using Adobe Reader XI. Click on “Comment” at the top right, then on the “Drawing Markups” subheading. Then click on the first icon which is “Add Text Box”. Click on where you want the name to go, type it in and then press Ctrl+E. This will bring up a toolbox that will allow you to edit the font style, colour, size, etc. If you select the Text Box you will be able to edit its properties, border, colour, shading, ect.
Awesome, thanks!! It’ll be great to get us organized… Do you have “all about me” sheets for 10-11-12 grades? I can’t wait to put these together tonight!
Hi Crystal- I just added them. I wasn’t sure that 10,11 and 12 graders would want to do an “All About Me” page. ;) But they’re there now. Thanks!
Is there any way to type the name into the binder page? Thanks .
Tracy Norton says
Awesome! I wanted to do this as soon as I saw it. I forgot all about it until I went through your site :)
Amazing …. as usual!
Fantastic. Glad you like this too. ;) xo
Thank you so much! Lovely layout and design…will definitely be saving these!!!
Thank you so much Leslie!
I’m downloading all for future use. I didn’t see the 10th, 11th & 12th grade “All about me” printables. Do you have those to share?
Also, I see you plan to have your kids fill out an “All About Me” sheet at the end of the year as well. Do you plan to make/post an updated questionair for the Last Day of School as well (since the original states First Day)?
Thanks for all your work to share with everybody.
I love this! I had an idea to do this, but love that you have all these printables and have it all laid out. Cant wait to make our school binders!!!!
Krista @ the happy housie says
Thank you so much for sharing this fabulous resource!!
Ok this might sound silly, but from someone who can see these things in my head and WANT to create them but have no idea how-thank you SO SO much!!! Pinning now!
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These are fantastic! My daughter is just starting preschool so it’s a good time for me to start out.
I see you plan to have your kids fill out an “All About Me” sheet at the end of the year as well. Do you plan to make/post an updated questionair for the Last Day of School as well?
Thanks for all your work to share with everybody.
These are SO cute! I’m in the process of doing a HOME organization binder and it can be pretty overwhelming! When I’m done with that, I’ll definitely come back for your printables! Thank you for all your hard work!
Jenifer @ Not Quite Mom of the Year says
What a great idea! I am always looking for ways to organize my kids school stuff. So glad I found you on Market Yourself Monday! Can’t wait to peruse your other printables.
Hi Mique! Thanks so much for the calendars. I’m a 5th grade teacher and will be putting them to use to plan out my small group schedule and one-on-one conferences!
Thank you so much for sharing! This is awesome and I appreciate all the time you put into this project for us! I am putting together these binders for my 2 school aged grandchildren who are starting school next week. One in kindergarden and one 1st grader.
Great post to get kids excited to start school again. Great way to organize their stuff for a successful school year! Thanks for sharing!
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Love this idea! Thanks so much for all of these Mique!
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Awesome Back to School binder!!! This is on my long to do list, thank you so much for sharing :)
Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles says
I love all your creative ideas for organizing all our “stuff”. I used to love filling out the little school album Mom had for me, love this!
maybe it’s cause i don’t have any kids in elementary school yet, but I don’t really get what you use these for! like do they take them to school with them, or just to keep at home to put all their stuff in?
Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less says
Oh, Mique! This is so perfect and right on time for back to school! Such a fun and most definitely organized idea! Thanks for sharing!
My readers would love to see this! I’d love it if you linked this up over at Living Well Spending Less for Thrifty Thursday this week! http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/category/thrifty-thursday/
Karen S says
Absolutely love your printables – sent them off to Staples today for my daughter’s senior year – they are never too old to enjoy memory making and your printables are just so colorful and attractive they will be a perfect way to keep us organized while remembering all the excitement of her last year of high school! Thank you Mique!
what a beautifully crafted free printable – so much time and effort – you’re s sweet for sharing! I saw your thumbnail on the Pin Junkie link party and had to come check it out. I’ve already shared it with several friends and am printing pages from it now, too!
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Wow you did some amazing work here! I love it all. Thank you for thinking everything through so well and for sharing with us. Your kids are gorgeous!
Aww thanks Malia! Glad you love it. :) Have a great weekend. xo
Thank you, thank you for taking the time to do this for everyone. I LOVE it and have plenty of catch up to do with school info!
You’re so welcome Sabrina!!
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Thanks Kellie! I love designing stuff like this….the uploading it? Not my favorite. But glad it’s here to share. xoxo
Great idea! We’ll be using this:-)
Yay!! Thanks Amy.
jen @ Tatertots & Jello says
Fabulous Mique. I am excited to use those!!
Thanks Jen! You’re the best. Enjoy!
Elizabeth W says
Silly question perhaps…but what about January through June?? I would love to use this the whole school year :) Great idea.
Hi Elizabeth- not a silly question! I’ll share the other 1/2 of the year a little closer to 2014. :)
This is so awesome my children aren’t even in school yet but I want to make these for them when they do. Thanks for sharing this.
Awesome Veronica! So happy to share them with you. I wish I had this earlier with my kids.
So excited to start one for each of my littles. My oldest will be in 4th grade and my little one starts kindergarten. I wish I started earlier! Thank you!!!
You’re so welcome Jessica! I wish I started earlier too. But better late than never!
Kristen Duke says
Love, love, love this idea!! Thank you for the printables!
This is such a neat idea. I made scrapbooks two years ago, but with the move this year, I really slacked off and just have a stack of this past years school things in a basket in the dining room. I think I will give this a go!
Hi Beth- I’m with you. I’ve made scrapbooks over the years but I’m really far behind. This is something I can stick with. Hope it works out for you!
I LOVE THIS! I’m a teacher…and guess what we are going to do the first week of school! Yep, get those binders started! Thank you soooooooo much for sharing! Your ideas are fabulous!
That just made my day Val!! SO happy you can use these for your students!! Thanks for the comment.
Angi Barrs says
I’m a teacher and will print some for my students. The girls love to decorate their binders during the first week of school. I’m going to make myself one!!!! Teachers can be cool too! LOL
Yay! So happy to hear that Angi. You can definitely be cool. :) Hope your students like these!
Jessica Morrell says
Thank you for the great ideas and printables.
You’re welcome Jessica! Thanks for the comment.
wow! that is SO awesome Mique!!
Thanks SO much Cheryl! :) Happy to have another thing checked off my never ending list!
Thank you so much for sharing (and all the hard work)!!! I’m curious, will you go back in time and put these together for those years you didn’t have this? I have save paper work, but I”m trying to decide if I should make binders without the about you or if I should just keep them in the files they are in. any ideas?
Hi- you’re welcome! That’s a good question. So far I haven’t added past things but I plan on putting it all in one place in there. As much as I’d love to have “All About Me” for all the past years, I’ll still add their previous artwork, grades, etc in there.
Thanks a million for the idea. My son is just a toddler but I’m sure the time for school (PreK) will come fast :) Can’t wait to create memories all the while being organized :)
Hi Renee- thanks for the comment. Hope this helps for the future. Wish I had it in the past. It goes by so quickly!
Too funny with the picture! My 6th Grader (last year) spent the whole year’s worth of pictures doing the peace sign! Who knows why?!
Oh we have peace signs and “duck faces” too. Fun times! I try to get regular smiles sometimes but remember being that age and just let her (and her brothers) go for it. ;)
Thank you SO much for these free printables! I love them! Looking forward to having my daughter complete the All About Me sheet!
You are so welcome Hayden!! Glad you’re going to have your daughter fill the All About Me out.
Kimberly @ A Night Owl says
So fun! Thanks for all the hard work you put into these great printables!
Thanks Kimberly! xoxo
LOVE LOVE LOVE this. My oldest is going into first grade and I so wanted to start something like this but didn’t know where to start. Are you going to do a new binder every school year or just have them keep the same one each year and add to it? Thanks so much for doing this!
Hi Amy! I’m going to have it all there. If the binder isn’t big enough as I add more papers, I can just upgrade to a bigger binder. ;) I love having it all in one spot.
Laura C. says
Thanks so much…I love this idea!
You’re so welcome Laura!
Lizy B says
I love these so much! thank you for making them, I can’t wait to have my boys do the ‘about me’ page!
Hi Lizy!(Elizabeth? Which do you prefer being called? I always feel silly not knowing what you prefer to go by) You’re so welcome. Hope your boys have fun filling them in. xo
Courtney ODell says
I always love your printables, but these are fantastic! Such a fun tradition, too- I’d make a copy of the about me page and keep them all together as kids grow!
Thanks so much Courtney!! I added a generic “All About Me” (without the grade on the side) so you can make a bunch of copies. ;) Enjoy! xoxo
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Wow! Thank you so much for sharing!!!! Priceless!
You’re so welcome Lynn! Have a great day.
Jill @ Being Spiffy says
Holy cow. I’m worn out just thinking of how long that took to put together. It’s amazing!
It took me some time Jill. ;) But happy to share. I’m excited to finally have it done!
Hey I love your printables! I was wondering if you ever thought about school binders specifically for college students like myself.
yeah, something for college students would be perfect!