A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
At the beginning of the year I take a picture of each student next to a measuring tape. I get double prints and mount one set. These pictures are used next to anything we hang on the bulletin board. That way parents and kids can identify their work quickly.
I take another set of pictures just before open house and numerous pictures throughout the year. I purchase blank books for each child, and they work on a yearbook. By June their memories, as well as 15-20 pictures, are theirs. You can really see the improvement in their writing as the year progresses. It’s amazing to see how much the kids have changed over the year, particularly in fifth grade.