First Day Of School Scrapbook Tips!
Out of the many possible themes for scrapbooks, one of the special ones that your child will appreciate later on in life, is a first day of school scrapbook. Quite often we capture birthdays, family vacations and such, but we don’t always think about scrapbooking our child’s first big day of school. Here are some fun ideas for such a scrapbook.
Determine time span of your first day of school scrapbook. Actual first day vs. first day each year.
Are you thinking about creating a scrapbook of your child’s first day of preschool or kindergarten, or your child’s first day of each year of school? If you’re thinking about the first option, then you will want to use an album that contains a few layouts. If you want to capture your child’s first day of school throughout his or her schooling, then invest in a bigger album. Divide the pages evenly so that you have the same number of layouts for each school year.
Items to include in your first day of school scrapbook.
There are so many fun first day of school scrapbook page ideas to consider! Here are several ideas, based on the school year your child is in.
Preschool and elementary level.
Whether you want to capture just your child’s first day of preschool or kindergarten, or his first day of each year of elementary school, the following ideas can be used each year. It will be fun to compare the photos to see how much your child has changed each year.
- prior to the big first day of school, have your child make a handprint using finger paint. Write a poem to go along with the handprint. For example, you might write about how unique your child is or how such a little being is entering into the big world of school.
- photo of your child dressed for the first day of school
- journal how your child feels about going to school
- photo of your child eating breakfast
- photo of your child waiting for the bus or getting into the car. Include the child’s backpack and anything else he is taking to school with him.
- photo of your child waiving from the bus or car
- journal your thoughts about seeing your little one head off to school
- photo of your child’s school building
- photo of the classroom and teacher
- journal information about the teacher
- photo of your child arriving home
- journal your child’s thoughts about his first day of school
Middle school level.
Entering middle school or junior high is a big deal! Your child will no longer feel like a little kid, but will be excited and even nervous about starting a new school. He will probably agree to let you take some pictures when his friends aren’t around, but certainly won’t want you following him with a camera. What to do? Give him a disposable camera and let him choose the photos that he would like to have included in his first day of school scrapbook. Along with his photos, here are some other scrapbook ideas to include:
- try to get your child to agree to a handprint again, but let him use his imagination. He might want to trace his hand and color it in or write in words that describe how he feels about starting a new school year
- photo of your child dressed for school, along with backpack
- photo of your child eating breakfast and/or packing a lunch
- journal how you feel having a child in middle school
- photo of the school building
- names of your child’s teachers and the classes he will be taking. You might be able to go to the school’s website and download photos of his teachers.
- provide your child with cute journaling die-cuts and have him journal about the photos that he takes with the disposable camera
High school level.
The years go quickly by and your child is now in high school! He might not fully embrace the idea of having his picture taken for the first day of school scrapbook, but several years from now, he will be appreciative that you kept the tradition going. Encourage your child to take photos with his cell phone or provide a disposable camera.
- instead of a handprint, ask your child to do a thumbprint and journal about how he feels about starting a new year of school
- photo of your child dressed for school
- photo of your child leaving for school, especially if he gets to drive a car his senior year
- journal your thoughts about having a child in high school
- photo of the school building
- your son’s schedule and names of the teachers
- school colors and mascot
- ask your child to journal about the photos that he takes
For many kids, they don’t always recall what their first day of school was like. In fact, some children have very little memories of elementary school. By creating a first day of school scrapbook for each of your children, you will be preserving special memories that they can look back on for many years to come.