You are a maker of memories for your students, and if you're like me, you also like to help them keep those memories. They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. This is especially true if you create a special photo and keepsake book just for them. This printable memory book and management system is the busy teacher's answer to making this job rewarding and easy.
The pages are designed to be used just as they are or with some simple customization, if desired. Simply open the high quality .jpeg files in a word processing or photo editing program and add your text. Print them out and then glue your photos onto the spaces or add the photos in digitally with photo editing software and have them printed. Bind your book however you choose and you're done! For your convenience, I have also provided an editable Powerpoint version of the images.
The images and editable Powerpoint files, which are delivered to you in a zip file, include a "teacher friendly, ink friendly" full color two page spread, a grayscale version of the same pages, and a mega ink saving option black line master for the right hand side of the spread. The left page of each monthly spread is titled, adorned with precious graphics from thistlegirldesigns.com, and includes a large blank box for customization. I personally add a special handprint to this space, but you can do anything you want. Students could draw and write in the box. You could type up a monthly song or poem you used in your classroom that month. You may want to record what students learned that month. The sky is the limit. The right side includes space for two 6X4 landscape photos. I take a lot of pictures, so I always have to choose which ones to include, but if you come up short you may want to include class photos or pictures of each students special friends or classmates. Each photo "frame" has room for you to write or type a caption, if desired. It can be left blank if you prefer to let the photo do the talking. Please see the product images for details. The final product can be placed in sheet protectors in a "view" binder or simply bound together with your favorite method.
I have been at my classroom memory keeping for many years and have learned a few tricks for managing it all. Included in your download a Memory Book Planning and Tips section, which includes ideas, helpful suggestions, and a management checklist to help you on your journey to create a special keepsake your students and families will never forget.
If you like my other seasonal and holiday pages, you can enjoy significant savings by purchasing the whole bundle, which will be released as soon as possible after the twelve spreads and covers are live in my store. If some of the seasonal or holiday themed pages aren't right for your classroom, be on the lookout for the Special Occasion Spreads and Learning Themed Spreads, which will also be coming to my store soon.
Happy memory making and keeping!