Making A Homeschool Yearbook: Tips And Inspiration

Last year was the first year I made a homeschool yearbook for us, and I love it! It gets flipped through a lot, and actually serves as a review for the things we’ve covered. Plus, it sure makes all the cool school stuff I do with the kids feels worthwhile and is not forgotten! ๐Ÿ˜‰

how to make a homeschool yearbook- ideas and inspiration

Our homeschool yearbook was just for lil ‘ol us, not part of a large co-op. Well… we do actually get together with one other family on Wednesdays and have “mini co-op” so this yearbook did serve for both of our families.

When I started making a plan for our homeschool yearbook, I wasn’t sure where to start. My first inclination was to just put everything in the order that it happened… but then I realized that I wanted to group like things together (for instance, all the Science together, all the field trips together, etc.)

Then the real secret of yearbook building came to me… The yearbook is one snapshot of the year. It doesn’t have to go in chronological order of the school year, the book in itself is the time frame- the school year. Once I realized this, I divided our year into subjects, and made the pages accordingly.

Here’s the list of sections from our homeschool yearbook (and you’re going to see a lot of Charlotte Mason style shining through here.)

  • Cover
  • Title Page
  • Homeschool Overview
  • Meet the Staff/Students
  • The Homeschool Room
  • Charlotte Mason Hymns and Picture Studies
  • Presentations
  • Art
  • Music
  • Poetry Teas
  • Handwriting
  • Preschool
  • Extra Curriculars
  • Field Trips
  • Nature Study
  • Liturgical Year
  • Books/Reading
  • The Classroom Is Wherever We Are! (this is where I show pictures of all the awesome/weird places we’ve done school over the year)
  • Handicrafts
  • Deskwork/Hands On Learning
  • Science
  • Religion Class
  • Special Days/Tea Parties
  • End of the Year
  • Places For Signatures

My System For Completing Photo Books Quickly:

I can make a whole year into an album in two afternoons when I’m willing to bunker down and concentrate. This is only possible if you first have your photos digitally organized into yearly folders. Here’s how I do it.

  1. Make a new “album” in Snapfish. Upload only your favorite photos from that year. Upload them in the order of which they happened. Don’t agonize over which are your “favorites.” Just choose straight from the uploader. Set it to “large thumbnails,” scroll through, and pick the ones that make you smile.
  2. Start a new photo book as a project. I do the 8 by 11 hard back books that allow for a custom cover. Choose a consistent look so they will look like a “set” when they’re all together.
  3. Create an image to be your cover file. Upload it, and drop it onto the cover.
  4. You’re going to go through the book 3 times before you’re finished. In the first round, decide about how many “pages” you want for each event/subject. Because you’re only doing highlights, a trip to the zoo for instance maybe only gets 1 page. Just choose your favorites, and quickly drop them onto the page. Move onto the next event and to do the same thing. In all of my books, I have a few pages where a really good photo is featured and gets to cover an entire page. Go through the whole book this way. When you’re finished, make sure you’re ok with the number of pages you’ve ended up with. I like to keep my books under 100 pages.
  5. Now that you know what each page is dedicated to, go through again and click to choose a photo layout. I like to use the “grid” option because it allows for the most amount of photos to be the largest on the page. If you’ve chose too many pictures for 1 page and it makes them too small for your liking, this is when you weed some more unnecessary photos.
  6. Go through the book one more time, putting in background colors on the pages. Also, minimally you can add text boxes and “embellishments” around the page. This is where it’s easy to loose all your time, so again, don’t be a perfectionist.

Going over and doing the whole books like this will take a lot less time than agonizing over each page individually.ย 

I’d love nothing more than sit with you on my couch with a cup of tea, flip through our homeschool yearbook, and chat about all of our good times from last school year. But this blog post is probably as close as we’re going to be able to come.

So get your cup of tea, and kick back. Let’s flip through our yearbook together. ๐Ÿ™‚ Rather than picking and choosing the best pagespreads, I’ve decided to just share our entire 2014-15 yearbook with you!

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I have bible verses on the title page of all of our family albums, so it seemed fitting that we have one here as well.

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Then I decided to share our homeschool goals, mascot, and a favorite educational quote. I put this really big picture in the front of my kids at the table and I tell everyone “This is what our homeschool looks like 80% of the time. And the other 20% is the rest of this book.” ๐Ÿ˜‰ So true! But usually Lydia would be sitting… Some of the kids still being in their pajamas is bonus for this picture!

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Then I thought it would be funny to have a staff/students page. Do you love all of Mark’s jobs? This is a great way to tell what grade everyone is.

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Then I took the opportunity to show off my new homeschool room. The year before I had the homeschool room upstairs, but now it’s in the office attached to the kitchen. I LOVE having it so close to the kitchen!

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Charlotte Mason hymn study and picture study.

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Our presentations are kind of a glorified “show and tell”

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Durer art project

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Music class- listening to different composers

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Composing

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Vivaldi’s 4 seasons, and practice with instruments (We study 3 artists and 3 composers per year due to our Charlotte Mason homeschooling style)

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Music notebooking pages, and another Durer art project- creating a signature like his

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Poetry teas- so much fun!

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Geography and handwriting

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Preschool with Violet and Anabelle

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and more preschool

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Extra curricular- horseback riding lessons and fun days at church

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Cub Scout trips

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More Durer art projects- making texture hares, and printmaking our own bunnies

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Nature study homeschool yearbook page

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Living the Liturgical Year at home- basically Catholic Icing for the year boiled down to 2 pages

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Field Trips to a Frog and Toad play, and the Carl Sandburg Home. Both super fun!

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Field trip to Alabama Space Center

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Walnut Grove Plantation field trip- this is one of my favorites!

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A Harvest-themed tea party for the Fall

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We heart books! Our reading page.

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Another Durer art lesson: His rhinos. And… The Homeschool Classroom is Wherever We Are!

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Rembrandt art project- painting light and dark cubes. And a self portrait project.
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Studying Tchaikovsky and the Nutcracker!

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A special Nutcracker themed tea party.

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Field trip to see the Nutcracker.

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Rembrandt art project: tint and shade nativity paintings

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Christmas themed tea party

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Charlotte Mason handicrafts

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Desk work and hands-on learning

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Chemistry class

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Rembrandt art project: tint and shade sphere planets

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Religious Notebooking Pages

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Saint Patrick’s Day tea party

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Lenten tea party

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Rembrandt art project: light and dark fruit and Easter crosses

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Easter tea party

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Van Gogh art project- fill in the missing pieces with impressionistic texture.

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Van Gogh art project: make Starry Night into Morning Light… and other variations!

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More poetry teas

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Learning to conduct and marching Sousa style!

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Going to see a live band perform Sousa music.

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And a Sousa themed tea party because, hey, why not?

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Van Gogh art project- impressionistic color wheels and perspective landscapes.

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A birthday tea party for Anabelle, and painting Van Gogh’s sunflowers on real canvases!

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A Vincent van Gogh themed tea party- which was super fun!

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The last day of co-op with review games.

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That’s it! Thanks for flipping through it with me. <3 I’m currently working on our 2015-16 yearbook. Hope to share it when I’m finished! I’ve been treasuring this one for the last year now, and I’m sure will continue treasuring it forever! ๐Ÿ™‚

me and my homeschool yearbook

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Comments

  1. Very nice!

  2. Sonja C. says:

    What a great idea! Definitely keeping this in mind for our 2016/17 homeschool year! Thanks for sharing.

  3. This is awesome and super inspiring! I love having it all in one place. What fun to be able to go back and look at it.

    • It really is! And not only that but whenever I feel like I’m not “doing enough” or having one of those freak out days about homeschooling in general, I can look thorough it and remind myself that actually things are going well here and bad days here or there don’t change that. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Please share more about your homeschooling! This all looks so fun and inspiring. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I love making scrapbooks like this and have used Picaboo to make several for gifts and for our family! Yours turned out so nice! I would love to do this and yours is inspiring! I just need to find more hours in my day and find ways to live off of no sleep ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Great idea, Lacy! I can see why you flip through your yearbooks a lot. They are filled with wonderful pictures and memories. ๐Ÿ™‚ Your children are truly blessed.

    What art program do you use? Or did you design it yourself? Looks like a lot of fun projects! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks, and God bless. +

  7. Hi Lacy! I loved how you shared your homeschool yearbook! What a fabulous job you did!!! I’ve made yearbooks for our homeschool for the past 5 years and they are such a treasure for our family. It’s fun to look back and feel a sense of accomplishment and savor the memories! I use Snapfish as well, although I’ve had issues lately uploading… it seems to take FOREVER! Is this an issue for you? I also had a thought that might be helpful: uploading favorite photos monthly so they’re all there at the end of the year when I have time to put it all together! Of course, I need to put this into practice myself! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for all your work sharing ideas, inspiring other homeschool moms and boldly living out your faith! God bless and keep up the great work!

    • Yes, uploading is slow lately for sure! And yes, it was totally my plan to build the yearbook as we went for this past school year and that did SO NOT HAPPEN! lol. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Andrea Otto says:

    Hi Lacy,
    I got your email this morning. We are a Catholic family that sends our children to school. We really try to still integrate our faith in our lives daily. We look at the saints of the day, do lots of your activities and other things to celebrate our faith. I will pray for you. I am happy that you are adjusting well, and that school is going well for your children. I hope you continue to do well! I feel like this is going to be good. I think there is a need for a person who blogs whose children go to school and still tries their very best to teach their children the faith. There is a need for this. So many bloggers homeschool. I enjoy their posts and their ideas very much, but there is a void of people that send their children to school and have a Catholic blog. I am looking forward to this journey. Prayers and hugs to your family!