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Preparing for Preschool with a Personalized Photo Book

Preparing for Preschool with a Personalized Photo Book

Today I’ve got a great little DIY I’ve been saving especially for book week, a personalized preschool photo book.  I’ve been talking a lot lately about the things we’re doing at home to get C prepped for preschool and all of them center on making sure he knows exactly what to expect.  That’s why I thought this idea was so brilliant!  (I wish I could take credit for it but, no, this winner comes from a friend of a friend who’s a child life specialist.)

 

Reading picture books about preschool is a great start but making a book about your child’s actual school takes the concept to the next level.  It allows you to point out, and talk about, exactly what your child will be doing there.  I know you’ve either already started preschool or you’re perilously close to doing so and you’re probably wishing I’d told you about this about a month ago, right?

 

Don’t worry, my timing is actually perfect – a month ago your child’s classroom wouldn’t have been set up or photo-ready, but now it is.  You may even have an orientation or “meet the teacher” day coming up, which would be the ideal time to snap your photos.  And if you’ve already started school, that’s OK too.  This isn’t only useful for prepping for the first day – once the year starts, your tot can also use the book to show you what he does all day.

 

UPDATE: TODAY WAS C’S FIRST DAY AND HE DID WONDERFUL.  WHEN WE GOT HOME HE SPENT ABOUT 20 MINUTES GOING THROUGH THE BOOK WITH ME AND POINTING OUT WHAT HE DID ALL DAY.  IT WAS A BIT OF A PAIN SCHLEPPING MYSELF TO HIS SCHOOL FOR THE PHOTOS, BUT TODAY MADE IT TOTALLY WORTH IT!

 

Preparing for Preschool with a Personalized Photo Book
Ready to make one?  All you have to do is grab your camera and take a field trip to your child’s new classroom.  Take pictures of all the places and things your kiddo will interact with throughout the day.

 

Click through for more details on how we made our book and how it turned out.

Preparing for Preschool with a Personalized Photo Book
Label your photos using any basic photo editing software (see here for an easy picnik tutorial) and print them off.  Then pick up a clear 4″ x 6″ photo album at Target for $1, insert your photos and you’re good to go.

 

For ideas on what to focus on, scroll down and view our complete book.
 Preparing for Preschool with a Personalized Photo Book
Preparing for Preschool with a Personalized Photo Book
Preparing for Preschool with a Personalized Photo Book
Preparing for Preschool with a Personalized Photo Book
Preparing for Preschool with a Personalized Photo Book
Preparing for Preschool with a Personalized Photo Book
Since C’s school still doesn’t start for a few weeks, there were a few stations that weren’t set up (art, library, etc.)  That’s no problem, I’m planning to add to the book as the year goes on anyway with things like the teacher, classmates, school recitals and etc.

 

What we have so far is enough to give C the gist of what preschool’s all about.  He’s only had the book for a few hours and he’s already carrying it with him wherever he goes.
Preparing for Preschool with a Personalized Photo Book

 

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

kristin @ preschool daze September 1, 2011 at 11:42 am

sweet. i could do this at preschool for preschoolers. : )

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royann September 2, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Thanks so much for this wonderful idea. My three year old son starts preschool on Wednesday, and he’s been home with me and his younger brother everyday, so this will be a big change for him. I’m going to take photos at orientation, and have this ready for him when he gets home from his first day.

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Anonymous September 4, 2011 at 6:07 am

Thank you for the great idea! My almost-4-year-old son starts a new preschool next week — Montessori, so pretty different than his previous one. I took photos at his orientation and put them in a little album. He loves it. I think it will help that he gets to see and get excited about the different materials he’ll be working with. I even got a shot of him in the classroom and another of him working on something with the teacher so he can see himself there.

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Andrea September 4, 2011 at 5:15 pm

I love this idea! My son hasn’t started preschool yet, but I will definitely be using this!

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rachelle | tinkerlab September 6, 2011 at 6:53 am

I love this idea, Steph, and will get on it this week!

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Deborah September 7, 2011 at 1:49 am

Super cute idea! I would love to make one of these for my students as a gift they can take home. Would even make a good book for their portfolio – only with the child in the photos doing things at school.

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The Mommy Teacher September 10, 2011 at 2:06 am

This idea is wonderful! Now I just have to sneak into my girls’ classrooms to take pictures. I love the idea of using it to see what they did that day!

Just featured it on Craft Gossip…thanks for the link!

http://lessonplans.craftgossip.com/?p=4652

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Vacuum Queen September 11, 2011 at 6:24 am

What font did you use? Simple and nice.

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Steph at ModernParentsMessyKids.com September 11, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Hi Vacuum Queen,

It’s Helvetica – since the book is meant for my pre-reading son, I wanted the letters to be very clean and easy to see.

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Cristi September 13, 2011 at 8:11 pm

I love love this idea! I am going to try it this week! I think it will help reduce anxiety!

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Steph at ModernParentsMessyKids.com September 13, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Update: Our first day of preschool was today and C did great, he also loved coming home and going over the pictures of everything he saw with Daddy.

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