We might have gone out and bought shoes, uniforms, bags and hair clips as usual. We might have made up the usual packed lunch boxes the night before, but that’s about as normal as things got.
Covid-19 has seen our children returning to school with staggered start times and pick up times; alcohol-gel at the classroom doors and lots (and lots and lots) of handwashing throughout the day.
There’s even a handwashing song to make sure they wash their hands thoroughly for a full 3 minutes – and they’re doing it. Even at home!
They no longer get changed for PE in the classrooms, they’re playing with their friends in bubbles, older children are wearing masks and there are social distancing reminder signs everywhere.
And I think I expected them to need more time to adjust, but they’ve slotted in seamlessly - All of them. As if they’d never been away.
They’ve accepted all of these new measures as perfectly normal. Not one moan or worry. For that we have our teachers to thank (our teachers are angels in disguise).
For me, my four older children have gone off to their various schools and my little one is here home schooling with me.
Regardless of how old your children are, or how you choose to educate, going back to school after the long, restful summer break is quite an exciting time of the year (even under normal circumstances).
Yes, they might have kept in touch with their friends via WhatsApp and yes, they might have attended a few playdates, or played with children close to home, but going back to school is the only time they get to spend all day, every day with their friends.
It’s also the time of year when as parents, we see a big jump forward in their personal growth. When they start to learn and experience new subjects and new ideas. Develop new interests.
They get a little older and change a little more.
So I like to keep a special record of all this. A record of their school day memories. So that I can mark exactly how they change and grow.
Back To School Memory Books
Journaling and scrapbooking are both wonderful ways to record your child’s school-day memories.
The extra special occasions and all the mundane moments in between.
Journaling, or diary keeping involves writing and doodling in shop-bought notebooks, diaries or dotted bullet journals (Leuchtturm1917, for example).
Whereas. scrapbooking also includes keeping physical mementos - photos, newspaper clippings, school certificates and examples of fantastic pieces of schoolwork, etc.
For this, you’ll need a much larger scrapbook with blank pages or a ring binder – I use both.
But like a lot of people, I’m pretty busy. And while this all sounds like a lovely idea, doesn’t it also sound ………………… time consuming?
Well, it doesn’t have to be.
I journal and scrapbook the easy way.
I have diary for my day to day scribbled thoughts and I also have read-made printable memory sheets to make scrapbooking quick and easy.
I print the memory sheets whenever I need them, adapt them for each of my children and then pop them into a ring binder or stick them into a large kraft scrapbook.
At the front of each journal, scrapbook and ring binder, I also include a set of journal prompts - Questions to ask my children at the beginning of each school year. Observations to make, ideas for photos to take and mementos to keep.
Just so I don’t forget.
And so that you can start collecting your own school-day memories, here’s my current list of journal prompts and my own printable back-to-school memory sheets (free download below).
Back To School Journal Prompts
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