Remembering the Beginning: A School Year Time Capsule
The back-to-school photos have started to flood my Instagram stream over the past week, part of me wants to respond "Yawn, my kid's been back since July 31st." while the other part of me is a little disappointed in myself that I don't take this whole "documenting the first day" as seriously as my friends (or at all if I'm being honest.)
Come the end of the school year there will be a whole new set of "last day of whatever grade" photos, side by side with the photos taken this week. Sometimes there's chalkboards with witty notes or artistic renditions of grade years and ages. I'm going to let you down now and say you won't be seeing any of those photos online (or anywhere) from me.
Addie's school does a really cool thing where at the beginning of each school year they have every child fill out a form with simple questions like favorite food, favorite animal, favorite part of school, a little narrative essay on themselves and a self portrait. Not only does it document their handwriting at the beginning of a new school year, it captures all their excitement and energy of a fresh start with new friends.
The teachers hold onto them all year and upon the start of the next school year they pass them on to the students' new teachers. I can always count on the previous year's time capsule coming home sometime during the first week of school. To me it's even more interesting to see how much her handwrting has changed, what about her has stayed the same and just how far her skills as a writer and artist have come. As I tuck them away for safe keeping, I also tuck away a photo or two of her during the school year, because I do take them, I just always forget on the big day. SO MUCH PRESSURE!
Have you ever done anything like a time capsule for your kids with each new school year?
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