I have created personal yearbooks for each child in my daughter’s class for the past two years. This year, Kara’s teacher is taking care of her class but I will be creating personal yearbooks for Colin’s pre-K class.
What is a personal yearbook?
A personal yearbook is a scrapbook of sorts with monthly layouts. Each layout includes a photo of the student, journaling about the photo and the student’s drawing. The original idea came from Becky Higgins. I created the pages I use in Adobe Illustrator and are different than Becky’s pages.
For each student:
- one three prong folder – I use clear ones from Staples. They are sold individually in the report cover section of the store. They also come in many different colors.
- white cardstock – The number per student varies depending on the number of school year months. I include a cover page, a two page layout for 9 months and a note from the teacher page for a total of 20 pages. I like to use cardstock because it is heavier and will endure more abuse through the years but you could also use regular paper to cut down on cost.
- page protectors – This number varies based on the number of pages in the book. Take the cardstock count, divide by 2 and round up by 1 if there is an uneven number of pages.
- scrapbook paper – I cut scrapbook paper strips each month that coordinates with the theme of the month. Most of the paper I use comes from my stash but you can also shop sales at your local craft store to keep down the cost.
I estimate that my cost is about $5 per student. That includes all supplies and photo developing. At the start of each year, I put all the page protectors in the folders at one time. This saves time throughout the year.
The front page gives a summary of the school year. These are the front pages from this year and the past two years.
There is room for two photos and two signatures – from the beginning and end of the school year. The school name, grade, teacher and school year is also included.
Each month has a two page layout.
The left page has a photo of each student and journaling about the photo. The right page is a drawing the student creates related to the photo on the left page. Underneath the drawing is my handwritten note with details about the drawing. Older students can write their own notes.
- Contact the teacher and figure out when you will take photos.
- Take the photos and have them printed.
- Print out the paper for the students to draw on. Make sure you have one or two extra just in case someone wants to start over.
- Cut up the scrapbook paper strips for the pages.
- Return to the class to interview students and work with them on their drawings. Take notes for the journaling of the photo and of what the students drew.
- Print the photo pages with typed or handwritten journaling on the paper. Also include details on what each student drew.
- Glue the scrapbook paper to the pages.
- Add the pages to the pre-assembled yearbooks.
- I keep the personal yearbooks ordered by first name so books are easy to organize when it comes time to insert pages.
- The first month or two will be a little stressful as the kids get used to working with you and you with them. After that you will be surprised how quickly it goes!
- I create my questions for the students ahead of time and ask them all the same questions. You will be surprised by some of the cute/silly answers you will get.
- I always bring the photos to the interviews because it helps the students remember what you are asking them about.
This is a great way to get to know the students in your child’s class. You can see past posts about personal yearbooks here.
Note: I wish I had posted this sooner but with me being sick with pneumonia earlier this month, I didn’t have a chance to complete the August pages with my son’s class until this week.