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Memory Book


Found in: artistic design & composition; parent-teacher communication; routines & procedures

Families and students love having a 'memento' of our year together to look back over and see how their child has grown. The original memory book idea came from Judy Ellis of Kindergarten Workshop fame, but I have made it my own after all these years. I still have 6th grade students telling me they have and love their Kindergarten Memory book we made!

The format of my Memory Books has changed over the years, but the goal has been the same: a happy memory keepsake. Whether you use 9x12 or 12x18 construction paper or a 3 ring binder with page protectors, what goes into the memory book is pretty much the same.

There is at least one page (front and back) per month with a decorated theme. Other pages include monthly student artwork scaled to fit the desired book size, self portraits, monthly student poetry in their handwriting, monthly teacher inspirational poems or sayings, samples of student work in spelling, math facts, creative writing, and more, a page for their birthday celebration, awards and certificates earned, autobiographical pages about pets, hobbies, sports, family, and more. I use photographs or digital pictures as much as I can. Then at the very end a 'love letter' from me telling them how much I enjoyed having them in my class.

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