Between the lunch-packing, the school supply-buying and the back-to-school haircuts, somehow the first day of school (and the months to follow) become a blur. Don't get me wrong... I love the structure that September brings (if I hear "I'm bored!" one more time...) but with it comes a pace of life that makes it hard for this mama to catch her breath.
This year, I'm hoping to be more intentional about pausing and just jotting down some memories during the school year. I created our School Year Time Capsule as a place to keep track of those special milestones, best friends, teachers, thoughts on what our kids want to be when they grow up, and more. Simply put, it's a box of 12 notecards and 12 envelopes (one for each school year) that are the perfect size for a short-and-sweet summary of each school year.
How do they work? Anytime during the school year, interview your kids and ask them who their teacher is, their best friend, what they want to be when they grow up, and more. As your kiddo gets older, you can have them write it themselves and enjoy watching their writing style develop over the years as they grow!
When our boys graduate, I'll have a sweet set of cards from each year of their life as a special time capsule of their school experience!
The best part about them is that you don't have to pressure yourself to do it on the first day of school. So while you're trying to get caffeinated, make lunches, scribble a sign and snap a picture on the porch and get everyone out of the door, you don't need one more thing to do. Fill it out ANY time during the school year, and then slip it into the envelope along with their school picture. Easy peasy!