Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Tuesday Tradition #45 - School Days Memories

This is an easy tradition you can involve your family in. The end result far outweighs the work you put into preserving their memories.

5 Easy Steps for Remembering and Capturing School Memories

1. Photos:Keep all photos in a file on your computer labeled Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, etc.

2. Papers and Art Work: Keep ONE small (labeled) plastic bin for favorite art work, writing samples, etc. These bins get full quick, so let your child pick their favorites each month. You can pick a few too if you really need to, but let them pick their favorites. It's their memories! Scan them as you pick the favorites so they're already stored and edited in your picture folder.

3. Stories: Start writing down the stories NOW! Don't wait. Keep a note book or a document file in your picture folder on your computer that you can write or type funny sayings, stories they tell you about school or events right when they happen. Details fade after a while. Get your kid's version of the story.

4. Ask questions. What are his favorites? Who are his friends? What is he learning? And so on and so on....these will change from the beginning of the year to the end of the year. Find out the answers to these and other questions now. If you need some ideas, Cherish Bound has a great Story Starter just for kids called "My School Days". You can interview your child and write the answers right there in the book.

5. At the end of the school year you're organized! You can easily published your child's first year of school in a beautiful bound book. Compile all the photos, classwork & art, and stories in digital format. Drag and drop everything into a Cherish Bound book for publication.

I can promise you that these memories will stay alive forever if you preserve the stories, get your child involved in the process. The smile on their faces is priceless!

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Mammatalk said...

You are so full of great ideas. I love it!

Warren Baldwin said...

I'm for anything that preserves family memories. My current post is about telling the family stories.

One thing I do to preserve memories: I keep a diary of each of my kids during their senior year of high school. At the end of the summer, before they go off to college, I give it to them.


Kelly's Ideas said...

great tips!