Tuesday, May 22, 2012

My End of the Year Gift for My Kiddos...

This is my 6th year teaching and each year, I have made my students a sort-of-scrapbook as an end of the year gift.  I can't take credit for the idea... my fabulous first principal's daughter's 2nd grade teacher (did you follow that?) made them and my principal thought it was up my alley so she showed me and I've been doing it ever since!

It takes a while, but I do a little bit each month when I scrapbook and then at the end of the year, it's just a matter of cropping and sticking the pictures.

Tonight I got them DONE DONE DONE... well, except for the spot on the front of each where the class photo needs to go.  It's hard to get everyone at school on the same day!  I'm hoping that will happen tomorrow and I'll be able to get someone to take our picture so I can print and finish them this weekend while I'm wrapping up our end of the year DVD.

Anyway... here are the pictures for one of my kiddos.  The big space on the front is for the class photo which, as you now know, is impossible to take.  And the big white splotch is where I edited out the rest of this friend's name.  I use a big scrapbooking letter for their first initial and then finish their name with colorful stickers.  Everyone gets different stickers and big letters (whatever "leftovers" I have from my own projects) and they love seeing everyone's names!

We're working on an end of the year memory book right now, which I bind inside each one of these.

Making these was especially fun as I had half of these kids last year too... wow have they grown!  It's fun to look at the pictures and see where teeth grow in and baby fat goes away... these are such big kiddos now!

When I get invited to my first high school graduations in 2017, I hope I see these out from when I had my first class of 2nd graders in 2007!

I'm linking up with Courtney at Swimming Into Second... can't wait to see what everyone else is doing for their sweeties!


  1. Super cute idea! I'd love to have this amazing keepsake from one of my 'own' kids class.
    How many pictures did you get for the whole class???!!!
    My Second Sense

  2. That is such a good idea, your kids are so lucky to have you!


    T.G.I.F. (Thank God it's First Grade!)

  3. That looks like a great idea! I love seeing all of the different scrapbooking ideas that teachers have for the end of the year. :)

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  4. WOW!! Those are great!! I hope the parents and the students love them. I know I would if I got one for my son.


  5. These are so precious! I'm still trying to figure out something for my kIddos....but time is running out :)

  6. What a cute idea! LOVE it!!!


  7. Great idea!!

    Do you know what grade or grades you will be teaching next year?

  8. Great idea! I bet the kids and parents love these!


  9. Great idea! I make movies for my students with various pictures. Then we watch the video together on the last day of school, but I might start doing this instead :)

  10. Thank you for sharing your scrapbook! In the past I have printed tons of pictures and put together elaborate scrapbooks, but I just don't have it in me this year. This looks totally doable to me! I already have a few pictures printed and was trying to figure out how to give them to students. You provided the solution! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  11. I love the scrapbooks. I did that with my class a few times, but our school has gotten away from "craftivities" and I haven't since. :(

    I am your newest follower!

  12. Yay! I love this linky party - I just joined too and am working on my DVD for the kiddos.

    Tangled with Teaching

  13. Adorable!! I love this idea...

  14. I am doing this! I am also writing each child a note in place of a 'picture' spot. Next year I will start earlier!


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