I worked as an educational assistant for senior kindergarten. My teacher had been scrapbooking for the students from the first day of school until the Kindergarten graduation ceremony. All the events that took place in the classroom, field trips, birthdays, academics, holidays, and funny antics of the children were put in this scrapbook. The books were three ring binders with plastic protector sheets inside to insert pages. Photographs of the children were taken for their books.
In order to complete the task of arranging 21 students senior kindergarten scrapbooks, I had to organize a system in which to finish the books before the end of the school year. The teacher purchased an open hanging file system with hanging file folders; I placed a file folder with each child's name on it, a plastic sandwich bag to hold photos stapled to the inside of each folder. When the teacher would give me stacks of photos, I would file them in the student's scrapbook folder along with a custom made scrapbook sheet I designed to reflect the picture. The scrapbook three ring binders were labeled with student's name on the binder and placed on a shelf in alphabetical order for ease of working with them.
Each day, I would spend time designing scrapbook pages for each event of the kindergarten class. I kept master copies of these designs for the next school year and these scrapbook pages were saved in a special file on the computer. If a child had a special occasion in their life such as baptism, birth of a sibling, a special award, sports pictures, a scrapbook page was designed for that child's book and the parents would furnish pictures of those occasions for the child's kindergarten scrapbook. The scrapbook was a labor of love and fun for my teacher and I to compile as memories of Senior Kindergarten for our students.
At the senior kindergarten graduation, the children wore white mortar caps and gowns with tassels and Pomp and Circumstance was played as each child walked down the aisle in the sanctuary of the church; a reception was hosted by the pre-kindergarten class parents and the scrapbooks were arranged on a table for the parents to pick up after the reception; each book had a kindergarten graduation picture of the child inserted on the cover of the binder, the school year, teacher's name and educational assistant's name. I am retired now from the school and I have in my files the master copies of my scrapbook designs from kindergarten.
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