Now that the school year is over, every child and parent is looking forward to seeing their yearbook. But have you ever thought about participating in or creating a yearbook for your child? For parents, it can be a great project to work on as it further develops creativity skills. However, there are a few things to keep in mind before diving right into formatting the yearbook. With these key points, you’ll have the tools to make a beautiful yearbook for your child and the rest of their class.

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1. Supplies

It sounds obvious that you would need paper, pictures and other art products, but not just anything will do for this. Think of it as a scrapbook project. For starters, you will need to find heavy duty paper to work with colorful or patterned paper to accent pictures and words. Invest in fine art supplies if you plan on crafting your yearbook by hand. Using graphic designing skills will also help when creating a refined and polished look for older kids.

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2. Content

Since there are many things that happen within a year, you may need to cover every month, every milestone, and every special event that happens during the school year. You and your child will be very active in the school for the entire year. You need material! Take as many pictures as possible and offer the students different yearbook activities. The information is endless. Make sure, however, to not go overboard. All the material collected will not make it to the yearbook due to limited space.

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3. Students and Teachers

Have the students get involved. It’s their yearbook after all. Allow them to fill out a special profile page asking them about their favorite subject, favorite occupation for when they grow up, and other simple “favorite” questions. You can even have them take their own pictures so that you would have a more intimate and genuine shot of each student. Don’t forget about the teachers, too. An idea for them is to have them list their favorite student quotes, best assignments, or any momentous thing that happened in their classroom. Be specific and be fun.

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4. Presentation

While it is a good thing for the students to have different visions and styles, you may want to find a coherent and neat approach to the final product. Though that isn’t to say completely disregard the students’ handwritten work for a polished Helvetica font. Have their words and writing somewhere in the book, but have some information neatly formatted like introductions and names. Also, make sure you leave room in the book for students to get signatures and personal messages from their peers and teachers.That’s what they’ll be looking forward to. Don’t forget to laminate the pages or have some kind of preservation finish on the pages (except for the autograph section) so the book would last.

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5. Obstacles

There are some things you will want to avoid when putting together a children’s yearbook. First, make sure to keep all biases out of the yearbook. As much as you love taking pictures of your child, do not make them the sole star of the yearbook. There are so many other kids you have to document and it would be unfair to them or the parents if they are not featured in it. You might also face the issue of pushy parents. They would want their child to be featured more in the yearbook than others. Kindly remind them that there are other kids that need recognition and you will feature every one of them. Another problem you might run into is too much material. While it is a good thing to have more as opposed to less when it’s close to the deadline, you will want to be careful about what you choose to cut. If you find that there are duplicates throughout the yearbook, replace the repeats with some of the extra material that didn’t make the cut. Lastly, there may be lack of participation from the students or sometimes the kids do not seem all that cooperative. Offer up fun in-class projects to keep them focused and driven.

With all this in mind, you will have the foundation for creating your child’s yearbook. But do not hinder your creativity and own personal ideas for the project. Use them to your advantage and make it the best yearbook that the school has ever seen. Happy crafting!