Every year for the past three years I have created personal yearbooks for one class. This year, I am creating personal yearbooks for both of my children’s classes. That’s a total of 37 students! Why do I take on such a time consuming project? I have two motivations. The first is that I do not have many photos of myself when I was young. I know not every family is as picture happy as ours so I want every child to have some memories of their elementary school days. My second motivation is this gives me the opportunity to get to know the students and teachers that my kids interact with daily. I love learning about all the personalities in the class. When I see the kids from years past at school, they always remember me, smile and say hello. I love to hear, “Hi Kara’s mom!” or “Hi Colin’s mom!” A few kids even remember that I am Mrs. Hedgespeth. 🙂
The 8.5 x 11 personal yearbook consists of a front page, one page per month and the final page is a handwritten note from the teacher. You can find a list of all the materials that I use in this post.
The front page has a photo of the student at the beginning of the year and the end of the year. Choose a background that will be the same at the beginning and end of the year. I chose to put the student in front of shelves so it will be easy to see their growth at the end of the year. The students wrote their first names underneath the photo too. It is interesting to see how their handwriting changes at the end of the year. The front page also includes the school, teacher and school year.
Each month I also take a picture of each student at school. For my son’s kindergarten class, I interview the students about their photo and write down what they say. In August, I took posed photos of the kids making hand prints to learn about their right and left. I asked the kids what it felt like to get their hands painted and whether they knew there right from their left.
For September, I took candid photos of the kids presenting their “about me” bags. Each student decorated a paper bag and then placed three things inside that are important to them. The kids were thrilled to sit in the teacher’s special rocking chair and have all the attention placed on them. Hearing what they said about their special items was completely adorable!
My daughter’s second grade class writes their own descriptive text about their photo. In August I took pictures of the students and their “about me” cereal boxes. Each of their boxes revealed a lot about their personality. My girl is a fancy and covered her box with three different colors of cardstock secured with several different styles of washi tape. I have successfully passed on my washi tape obsession!
In September, I took photos of the kids and their continent lap books. They learned all about the geography of the world. Kara likes to approach things in a factual way so she wrote several facts that she learned about the world. I am impressed with her spelling. She probably would have written many more facts but she ran out of room.
Colin just likes to watch me work but Kara helps me put together the pages for her class.
I can use all the help I can get with 37 of these personal yearbooks to complete!