This afternoon I sat the kids down to discuss their final writing assignment of the year: our homeschool yearbook. Like everything else we do, it started out as a tongue-in-cheek kind of lark, but will probably end up being a really great keepsake.
We started by listing all the things we wanted to include:
- A message from the principal
- Photos of the teachers, by subject
- Student clubs (puzzle club, swing in the attic club, challah baking club, etc.)
- Field trips and special events
- A page for each subject with pictures of class activities and a short description
- Feature: winners of the prestigious “student of the year” award (one per grade)
- The “most likely to…” list
- What happened in the world this year (“For context,” K said.)
- Autograph pages (so students can sign each others’ yearbooks, and teachers can sign them too.)
I demonstrated how to use the photobook website, uploaded all the homeschool-related pictures from my camera, and then retreated to my desk to eavesdrop on them. Listening to them take charge of a project never gets old.
Mr. December is already chortling to himself about the banal messages he’s going to write in every kid’s yearbook: “Have a great summer” and so on. I was going to be just slightly more creative by signing every child’s book with “Don’t tell the others, but you’re my favourite student.” Too cheesy?