1-2-3 Come Make A Monthly Memory Book With Me
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of my students’ favorite books, so I thought I’d design a memory book as a spin off, not only because it’s a favorite, but because I really think my kiddos creep into my class as shy caterpillars, hungry for knowledge, then flutter away as butterflies at the end of the year, having grown & learned so much.
The Very Hungry Student Memory Book provides an excellent writing activity for your kiddos EACH month.
There are two pages to a template to conserve paper & ink, making this a "just the right size" booklet for little ones to work with.
Why wait 'til the end of the year when you have to try and remember all of the fun things you did, when you can work on this each month.
My students keep their Memory Books in their writing folders.
If you do portfolios, this activity is perfect for that too.
The monthly pages are great for Daily 5 or your writing block.
By doing a Memory Book throughout the year, you should see improvement in students’ writing & coloring, which you can refer to during conferences.
Students work on this a little at a time, instead of a zillion pages all at once at the end of the year.
Because of this, I feel that children are doing a better job putting forth their best effort, and completed projects will make a wonderful keepsake that's truly representative of their growth.
Because everyone teaches different things at different times, I made some extra pages for months like December, so you have additional options.
There’s also a generic set of pages with just the month & clip art that say: “ Things I learned and did…” So if my rhyming commentary doesn't fit what you do, you can slip one of these pages in, picking and choosing the ones that are appropriate for your students.
I’ve included a blank page, 2 autograph page options, a note from the teacher page, and a birthday page, that you can also include in your Monthly Memory Book.
The “favorites” page is another fun writing prompt for your kiddos.
There are also a variety of options for June, as I’ve included pages for PK3, Preschool, Young Fives, Kindergarten, First & Second Grades.
Since most teachers do a self-portrait & take a first day of school photo, there’s also a page for that, so you can keep everything all together.
I made a “my selfie” page for older kiddos. Have your students do these picture pages the first week of school, and then again at the end of the year. All I can say is "Wow!" about their progress.
My Y5's go from a little circle on a stick to a detailed full-body person, with eyes, a nose, mouth, and even clothes. Woo hoo!
There are 52 page options to choose from. I know your kiddos will really enjoy recording their memories. The packet is just $3.95, but to celebrate back to school, I've knocked a dollar off for a limited time.
Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop and for just $2.95 grab: The Very Hungry Student Memory Book.
Looking at the clip art may help them with their creation. I've also included a full, as well as half page additional iPhone selfie page.
I hope your kiddos enjoy drawing a self portrait of themselves and gluing a real "selfie" photograph. Just this page makes a nice keepsake. Click on the link to get your copy. My Selfie Portrait Page.
Well that's it for today. Yesterday was the first day of school here in Michigan and it poured rain. Hopefully, today will not be a repeat dreary morning.
Wishing you a fabulous day, wonderful moments, and the best year yet.
"You're off to great places. Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting so get on your way." - Dr. Seuss
Who? What Do They Look Like? DESCRIPTION please!
One thing students seem to need to do more of, in their writing, is expand it, and include more description.
Even at the college level, I’m constantly telling my students to add more interest by including adjectives.
Involve your reader’s senses and your writing will come alive!
I’ve designed a Sensory Word Anchor chart poster for each month, to help students practice that skill.
For some of their senses they’ll have to think outside the box and use their imaginations. This can be a lot of fun, and their answers quite interesting!
Click on the link to view/download My Sensory Words Anchor Chart Monthly Posters.
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