School memory books will be valued by parents, teachers and pupils in years to come. Start collecting items for your memory book early in the school year and think about what you could save or record during any important occasions throughout the terms, like school or class awards. Write the dates on everything you collect so that they can be displayed appropriately in your scrap book.
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Photographs are key to any memory book. Group photos of the entire class, school teams and class trips should all be included. Teachers should keep a cheap camera handy so that they can snap each pupil in a pose they believe captures an individual's character, if possible unaware. A photo of Johnny focusing hard on an art project, or Mary giggling with her friends, will mean far more in years to come than a formal, posed class shot.
Words of Wisdom
Children make wonderfully astute and often unintentionally hilarious observations and comments. Teachers should note down the best of these throughout the year. Put them down in the memory book with the pupil's name. Either write one on the top or bottom of each page as a recurring theme throughout the book, or dedicate one page to favourite quotes. If teachers have said something very funny or have a favourite saying they're always pronouncing, add those too.
Awards and Achievements
Dedicate a section to pupils' achievements. These should include any prizes or honours awarded by the school or at the classroom level, and any interschool competitions won. It should also include any major achievements outside school by individual pupils, such as charity activities, personal challenges, first aid or rescue activities, or overcoming a serious illness. Lighten this section by polling pupils and teachers to find out who should receive funny awards for such roles as the school's biggest "chatterbox," "comedian" or "daydreamer."
Gather tickets, programs and photos from school outings or performances. Add any newspaper clippings referring to the school or pupils; include photos or newsletters relating to places or people who have benefited from school fund raisers; and gather any other appropriate mementos teachers or pupils have saved. Stick them together to form a collage, then make a colour photocopy shrunk to an appropriate size to stick in your memory book.
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