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School photo and scrapbooking tips

Here are some tips to help you capture your child’s school memories!

1. Take a photo of your child every year on the first day of school (and the last day, too, if you want). Try to take the photo in the same spot, or near a certain item (a tree, for example) each year—you’ll really notice how much your child has grown each year! For another fun idea, have your child hold up fingers to indicate what grade he/she is in.

2. Take a photo of your child as he/she gets on the school bus for the first time.

3. Take photos of your child in his/her classroom, sitting at his/her desk, with his/her teacher, and outside the school. You can do this at your school’s open house before school starts or on the first day of school.

4. In many schools, it’s tradition for children to trade each other’s school photos. When your child brings these photos of his/her friends home, take a few minutes to jot the child’s name, the grade, and the year on the back of the photo, using an archival-safe, acid-free pen or marker. That way, when you or your child looks back on these photos years later, you’ll have a reminder of who’s who!

5. Keep a special notebook to jot down memories throughout the year. Write down details of special field trips, school projects, school plays, and other activities. That way, you’ll never forget the details when it’s time to scrapbook!

6. Your child will probably bring home lots of artwork and school papers that you’ll want to keep. However, it can be an organizational nightmare to store all of those loose papers. Put the copies inside page protectors and file them away in a binder. That way, you’ll always have the visual reminder of your child’s artwork or papers, but you won’t have to deal with all the clutter! Or, take a photo of your child holding their artwork and scrapbook those photos.

7. Create a series of fun questions to ask your child every year—things like “What is your favorite subject?”, “What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?”, “Who is your best friend in school?”, etc. Ask the same questions every year, record the answers (or, have your child write down the answers if they are old enough!), and include them in his/her school scrapbook. It will be fun to see how their answers change as they get older!

8. Don’t forget the little details—snap photos of that special lunchbox, backpack, and other school supplies. When they’re older, your children will enjoy seeing the things they were “into” back then!

9. Have your child write his/her name on a piece of cardstock and include that in his/her school scrapbook, too. You’ll get to see how his/her handwriting changes throughout the years!

10. Get photos of your child with his/her friends.

11. At school events throughout the year (school programs, sporting events, etc.), remember to snap a variety of photos—some close-up of just your child and some further away, capturing all of the other kids in his/her class, too.

Here are some things you’ll want to include in your child’s school scrapbook!

  • A layout for each year (with grade number, teacher’s name, and school)
  • First day of school
  • First bus ride
  • School sports teams
  • School activities/extracurricular activities
  • School photo from each grade/class photo
  • Field trips
  • School projects/art projects
  • Friends
  • Report cards (make color copies, or slide the actual report card inside a page protector)
  • Your child’s daily schedule
  • School mascot/school colors
  • School dances
  • Band/choir concerts