personal yearbooks for preschool

i have been working on a special project with quinn’s preschool class this year. personal yearbooks. inspired by becky higgins and this blog post. memory keeping for their preschool year.

i brought this idea to quinn’s preschool teacher at the beginning of the school year back in august. she loved the concept so we started to make personal yearbooks with the kids in the class. i downloaded the free templates from becky’s blog and then made some changes to make them work for preschoolers. every month i took photos of the kids, edited and printed them. then i went into the classroom to work with the kids on their monthly pages.

this project has grown and evolved over the past nine months. we got into a good groove with it all. documenting their little milestones along the way. handwriting. drawing. cutting. pasting. spelling. their progress can be seen with their work each month.

we surprised the parents with their child’s own personal yearbook on the last day of preschool last week. their very own memory keeping of their preschool year. something that we hope the parents and the kids will treasure for always.

here is a peek inside of quinn’s personal yearbook…

the first page included a photo of quinn on the first day of school and how he wrote his name that day.

the kids decorated the pages to go along with the theme each month. in the beginning of this project, the kids told me what they drew a picture of and i wrote it in yellow marker so they could trace over the letters.

eventually the kids started to write letters and sound out words all by themselves. we let them write exactly what they thought the letters were even if it wasn’t the correct spelling. i would write on the bottom of the page what words they were trying to spell if it was not clear. (below quinn sounded out and wrote lego all by himself! proud mommy…)

i have no idea what quinn wrote here, but i do love the picture he drew of the two of us holding hands.

we added some pages that the kids worked on throughout the school year including these coloring pages that they did at the beginning and the end of this preschool year to show their progress.

i love how this project turned out. i am so grateful that i had the permission of the teacher to take photos and work with the kids on these books. it makes my heart so happy. i hope to keep doing this personal yearbook project with quinn’s classes (and tate’s too!) in the years to come.


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Renee @ The Calm Mama - tracy!!!! this is FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!! eeeeeeeeeeeek!!! i LOVELOVELOVE it!! wish you could have done this for my students when i was teaching!!!! LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jen - I just love you. You put your heart and soul into everything you do, and it shows. What a treasure you’ve made of Q’s school year, and what a treasure you are for doing it! I know the parents don’t understand the work involved with a project like this, but I hope they truly appreciated your hard work. You’re amazing! And I’m seriously considering doing this for the kids next year!

janet - That was a fabulous idea, and I can imagine how much work that was. I think you just may be one of those Super Moms.
:-) that’s a Good thing!

Fiona - These are fabulous! Well done! What a lovely keepsake from preschool. :)

tarah - So cute! I was wondering what program you used to make changes to make the pages work for preschoolers. Thanks!

yasmine baliog - i like your design idea it’s so cute and doable for preschoolers.
I have a preschooler too and their last project is a personal souvenir of their stay preschoolers. I got a very good idea from your site. thanks very much for sharing

yasmine baliog
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