This fall marked a major milestone in our household…Sawyer started school!! I’m still having a hard time wrapping my head around the idea that he is even old enough to be starting school but I guess that’s a discussion for a different day. He’s in the 3 year old preschool class that meets 3 days a week and is truly loving it! Just as I had suspected, there were no tears or fears (on his end at least!) with me dropping him off on the first day. He’s only gone a few days and I can already see so much growth and change in him. He wakes up so excited for school. His curiosity and thirst for learning is truly inspiring. At drop off he always gives me a quick hug and then he’s off running to the first activity, never looking back. This is going to be an amazing year watching him grow and become even more independent.
I originally shared my School Days Yearly Record on my dear friend Abby’s blog but in an effort to capture these fleeting days and years I just had to share it here as well. I designed and created my School Days Yearly Record as a way to see/remember (and document!!) all the ways children grow and change from the first day of school to the last day of school.
A really fun feature of this little record book is that it is completely self-contained. On the first day (or close to the first day) of school have your children fill out the five “First Day of School” pages. Then, just flip the whole book over and on the last day of school have your children fill out the “Last Day of School” pages. You can read all of the first day of school pages, left to right and then when you reach the center of the book, just flip the entire book over and read the last day of school pages, left to right, until you reach the center again. The entire year is captured in this one little book!
To make your record book, first, download the printable, here.
If your printer is able to print double sided that would be the easiest way to quickly produce your record book. If not, no problem at all. Just print each sheet individually then glue together pages 1 and 2, 3 and 4, and 5 and 6.
Next, stack all of the pages in the order of the printable PDF. (Page 1 should be facing down on the bottom and page 6 should be face up, on top.) Then fold all of the pages in half and use a hole punch to make two holes for the spine of the book.
Then just thread a ribbon through the holes and tie a bow. Now your School Days Yearly Record is complete and you and your children are ready for a wonderful school year ahead!
Have a great school year Sawyer! I am so proud of the little independent boy you are becoming. You inspire me daily and it’s an honor to be your mommy. I love you so much!