As a homeschool family there are very few things we feel like we “miss” about life in public school. We still get first day of school pictures (even if it’s in our PJ’s), we go on field trips, we can buy cafeteria style trays for lunchtime, we get plenty of socialization, we use some textbook/workbooks, they get detention- AKA time out, and okay maybe not enough P.E (it’s Florida ya’ll- it’s hot! One thing that dawned on me that we may miss out on is a yearbook -to capture friends, sports events, headshots, clubs, etc… Then I said to myself..” Self..why don’t you create your own? Who says you can’t? ” So after I was done talking to myself-AKA Parent/Teacher conference I sat down to list pics that would be important to me to include in our homeschool yearbook and wanted to share my ideas with you in case you think it’s a pretty cool thing to put together too. I have a 3 part series for you that will cover Where to Begin, What to Include, Putting it All Together. At the end I will share some of our pages with you and would love to see your creations as well! Be sure you are following our October Instagram Daily Homeschool Photo Challenge as well!
Today I am going to start with.. Where Do You Begin?
But first I wanted to let you know another reason why a homeschool yearbook is a fabulous idea- it can also serve as your main or supplemental portfolio for evaluations, depending on your state laws.
Starting a Yearbook
- Decide what you want to capture about your homeschool– special projects, science experiments, co op days, field trips, music practice, Holiday activities, etc..
- Start a notebook– Write down your ideas, cute kid quotes, make a list page titles, photo shoot ideas,
- Let your kids be editors and creators– include them in on photo and topic choices, count this as life skills, language arts, fine motor, art, home ec, and more. Allow them to put together at least some pages- coming from a total control freak here!
- Choose your medium– Do you want to upload your photos to an online company where you can create a actual yearbook? Homeschool-yearbooks.com has some great options- letting you upload your photos to create your own yearbook from the ground up. I am not affiliated with them in anyway I just thought it was a neat way to go. For me I love scrapbooking- I love gathering stickers, paper, and pretty embellishments so I have decided to go this route and will be what I am sharing as this series rolls on.
- Purpose to keep it simple, especially if a large year book or full on scrapbook is intimidating for you. It is better to capture some memories than none at all because you are overwhelmed.
- Start taking pictures- With your camera or even your smartphone, take lots of them from day to day. The beauty of digital is that it doesn’t really cost anything to take 1,000 pics, just print out the 20 amazing ones you can’t live without. There will never be a pic of your kids you are sorry you took but a bunch that you might be sorry you didn’t.
- Pull photos from social media – This is especially useful if you think “Oh I wish I had thought of this last year!” If you didn’t intentionally take photos to keep you most likely posted some to Facebook or Instagram to share. You can definitely use these as well! Those quick candid shots you share with family and friends may wind up being your favorites.
Tomorrow I will have a large list of ideas of photos to include in your own yearbook with a FREE printable!
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