This is a great place to collect important memories and keepsakes in a compact way.
One thing that is cool is that it's set up for kids and parents to do together. There are about 3 pages and an envelope within the spiral bound book for each school year.
The first page is a snapshot of the year. There's a place to put the child's photo, and stats including school name, teachers, and a few lines for parents' notes about the year. There's a place at the bottom for "My Signature" which is a fun feature. I know that whenever I see my 11-year-old scrawl inside a book, or my 15-year-old signature on a paper it brings back major memories.
The second page is written from the child's point of view. For the elementary years, it includes a scorecard for 4 different subjects, my friends, best thing about this year, what I'm good at, and when I grow up. The secondary years get a little more "real" adding hobbies and activities, this was a big bummer, and summer plans (instead of what I want to be when I grow up).
The third page is a pocket, with suggestions of unique items to include which will show their their growth: sample artwork, awards, note to my future self, a piece of string as long as I am tall, tracing of my hand, a school nametag, a newspaper headline or story, and of course a report card. The secondary years add a note or email from a good friend and replace nametag with school ID.
The back of the pocket is lined, adding another spot for some journaling. The pocket flaps and closes to keep everything secure.
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