The minute it was safe for me to visit my parents during the pandemic, my mom set me to work cleaning out my closet. I didn’t get much done because I stumbled on my school memories book.
Apparently I wanted to be a scientist in the fourth grade. By fifth grade, I had decided that I would be better as the President of the United States.
My scrapbook certainly isn’t as cool as this Star Wars one, but it does remind me why these books are such a good idea.
If you have a little Padawan starting school, the Star Wars: Darth Vader and Family School Years Keepsake Journal, featuring illustrations by Jeffrey Brown, will help you track them as they grow.
Brown is the author of books like Darth Vader and Son and Vader’s Little Princess, and that same sense of whimsy has been brought to this scrapbook.
What is it?
A school keepsake journal is, in the simplest terms, like a baby book for older children. It has sections for each grade, as well as a built-in pocket to store things like report cards and test scores.
The Darth Vader and Family version runs from preschool through eighth grade. It also has extra pages for special vacations, celebrations, and achievements in the back.
It might not seem necessary to track these things on paper since you can store pictures and notes in the cloud. But having a physical book is easier to look at with your kids as they grow older.
And let’s be real, a cute packet of school memories is way better than a jumble of school things lost in the timeline.
What Does it Track?
For each school year, the Star Wars: Darth Vader and Family School Years Keepsake Journal records vital details, like what school your child went to, who was your child’s teacher, and the first day of school.
Besides those stats, though, there are several areas you and your young Padawans can fill out together.
From favorite books and food to more profound questions like what they want to be they grow up, the pages offer plenty of space to provide a complete snapshot of your child each school year.
My mother’s handwriting covers the first pages of my school memories book. As the years moved on, I took over more of the responsibility.
As a tween, I even went back to earlier years to write down things I didn’t want to forget. I was pretty boy-crazy in middle school, and I added to my first grade page that it was the first year I had a crush on Cody, my classmate.
As an adult, I am totally judging my younger self, but it’s nice to get a chuckle at my own expense.
School Years With Darth Vader and Family
My school memories book was pretty bland. From the petty notes I added about smacking a bully with my Princess Jasmine lunchbox on the bus to my first slow dance with a boy — it wasn’t with Cody, it was with Sam — the only personality it has is what I added to it.
The Star Wars: Darth Vader and Family School Years Keepsake Journal gives you and your student’s creativity a boost with little doodles of the Darth Vader family doing normal school things together.
My favorite illustrations include Princess Leia reading on the floor and the whole family assembled for picture day. It makes the book less clinical and more endearing.
This new resource was just released by Chronicle Books on August 25. No matter what school looks like for you this year, consider tracking your student’s growth in true galactic fashion.
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