This post is a part of Summer Sanity, a series of posts for parents to gain ideas and inspiration for how to keep their children happy, active, educated and having fun during the long summer months.
I found the idea to do photo writing from a fun site called Imagination Soup.
With my son starting school for the very first time, I was trying to come up with an idea to help him identify with his new school. I decided to change up the photo writing idea slightly and take him through a walk through of his experience of going to school. We brought along a camera – well, actually two: one for me and one for him and we took photos of the things that would be in his new school routine.
We took photos of:
- The sign in the front of his school.
- The Kindergarten gate.
- The outside door to his classroom.
- The Kindergarten playground.
- A school bus.
- Him waving goodbye to me.
- Me waving goodbye to him.
We will also be making a morning routine book where we will take photos of:
- his lunch bag
- his water bottle
- his backpack
- his coat, hat and shoes
- his breakfast
- him wearing his backpack all dressed for school
We then created a photo book with short descriptive sentences about going to school. I used a small photo book from the dollar store for this book that way the photos are protected behind plastic sleeves.
This book will eventually become a keepsake, but for the next two weeks, it will serve as a means for him to identify with his new school and hopefully warm up to the idea of going to Kindergarten!
Making a photo book is a wonderful way to create a momento from a trip, help a child through a difficult transition or to simply provide them with a literacy rich opportunity. It is fun and will become a treasure that will last years to come.
For those of you who have little ones starting Kindergarten this year, feel free to read my post for all New Kindergarten Parents. I will be re-reading this post and will be taking my own advice once again this year! Wish me luck.
I have also written a few other articles about Kindergarten parents that you may wish to read as this is a topic that I am very passionate about, having spent a number of years as a Kindergarten teacher and having two children of my own complete Kindergarten.
Kindergarten Parents Support Group
Getting Ready for Full Day Kindergarten
Preparing for Kindergarten – Part 1
Preparing for Kindergarten – Part 2
A Kindergarten Visit – Who Needs More Preparation, Mom or Child?
For all NEW Kindergarten Moms and Dads, This is For YOU!
Back to School – Mommy, I Don’t Want to Go