We’ve posted before about scrapbooking with children, but not specifically in a classroom setting. Have you thought about getting your child to do a scrapbook as part of an extracurricular school project or a homeschooling project? Scrapbooks are a great way to get children involved. They love to make things and better yet, they love to see themselves in photos!
For children who are old enough, there may even be some digital scrapbooking homeschool software out there that would be suitable for a child’s project. You could give ScrapBlog a try. Their online system is very user friendly. You know I just may try that with our son!
We are actually working with our 4 year old son, Lochlan, on a little scrapbook about himself. Not that long ago, I purchased Elsie Flannigan‘s kit from her online Red Velvet Art store, "Favorite Things," and it got me thinking. This would be perfect for Lochlan to record his likes and dislikes as a 4 year old. She has included such journaling prompts as favourite music, collections, etc. Now, I have to do most of the printing for him, but he can do some of it. We haven’t gotten very far with this project yet, but the plan is to turn it into a book which I will bind with my Bind-it-All. This may be something we’ll consider repeating as he gets older. (Note, the kit is currently sold out but Elsie mentioned on her blog that she’d be bringing back more. See photo of it at right.)
Other things that we are going to add to Lochlan’s "Favorite Things" book are: names of his friends, what his favourite subjects are, his favourite toys, what he likes about his sister, etc. We may even put in a recipe for his favourite food with photos of him making it. As you can tell, it’s not only fun for him, but fun for me too!
See photo below showing Lochlan working on his project. Here he is colouring his favourite things from Elsie’s sketch page. I will show you more photos once this project is completed.
Jules Eickmeier shared some interesting information with us about her experiences teaching scrapbooking in her daughter’s second grade classroom.
"My daughter teaches second grade and, as the (year)progresses, she takes many photos of the major events: First day of school, Field Day, holiday parties and Writing Celebrations. At the end of the school year, I come in for two afternoons and teach the children how to scrapbook the photos. We place the emphasis on writing so, before the students can use their glue sticks, which they dearly love to do, they must write a few sentences about the event in the photo. All the titles are done for them. I taught English for close to 30 years and working with these little kids is so refreshing."
See a couple of photos Jules shares below.
Nathalie Kalbach recently posted her thoughts on scrapbooking with children. Nathalie has some experience in teaching scrapbooking for children in some recent workshops and has some good info. to share. She makes note of a child’s attention span being a lot less than an adult’s. Like she says, we tend to forget this aspect when planning a project for a child. As well, each child is different and therefore has a different skill set which may require extra attention. Read Nathalie’s full article with some great ideas which will help everyone in their quest to teach scrapbooking to children.
If you have ideas for scrapbooking with children, we would love to hear them. Please send us an email at scrapscene @gmail.com (no space).