I finished up my oldest son's 2nd grade mini album, this time I used an apple as my basic shape. So far I have made 4 school albums in the shape of a School Bus, School House, Chalkboard, and now an Apple. I am thinking of making a pencil for my next album.
For the ease of completing the albums I have kept the format of all the album the same. I usually make 5 pages and use all the same fonts and embellishments (pencil, notebook paper, paperclip, and binder clip). On the front cover, I keep it simple and just put my son's name and grade.
Every year on the first day of school, I make the boys pose by the front door before school. And at the end of the school day, I try to get a photo as they get off the bus. It is fun to see how much they change each year!
I also try to make a copy of their report cards! Charlie has always had the same comments from his teachers - 'need to control talking' (he is a bit chatty). I also include a class photo and a photo from a field trip or class program. But my favorite part of all the albums is the last page! I make the boy sign their names - it is really fun to see how much their writing improves each year.
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