Yearbook is…

Have you thought about starting a yearbook program with your homeschool group?

Not just a let’s-slap-pictures-on-the-page yearbook program… but a REAL yearbook program with rules,  deadlines, and photojournalism techniques. There are a lot of real life skills that students can learn from a well developed yearbook curriculum.

Yearbook is:

Graphic Design

Basic Computer Skills

Page Layout

Color Theory

Photography

Typography

Interviewing Skills

Marketing

Writing

Copyright Law

Project Management

Time Management

Financial Planning

Teamwork

The good news is that the only skill every student has to have is the ability to work well with a team. Everything else can be developed when family’s come together as a group.

Is my list complete? What other skills do you think can be developed through a homeschool yearbook program?

Yearbook Process & Production: UBuildaBook.com

This post is the seventh in the series Yearbook Process and Production. In this series I’ll be sharing how different homeschool groups create their yearbooks and we’ll include critiques of the different software programs that we used. If you would like to have information included about your yearbook program, be sure to include a comment below.

YPP-series

my blessed life

Thank you to Lora Ferrell from MyBlessedLife for sharing with us about her homeschool group’s yearbook.

Who is the yearbook for?

Our yearbook is for our homeschool support group.  Our co-op is included in this as well since it is part of the group.

Who does the yearbook layout?

Mostly the parents who are the yearbook sponsors with some student help.  Part of this is due to the fact that we were using a publisher that provided a specific software to use and that program was only on a limited number of computers.

Do you have a yearbook club or class?

Of sorts.  Our students ages 7th grade and up were invited to participate on the yearbook staff this past year.  Only a small percentage actually did.  I feel like some of the lack of participation was because of our lack of ability (due to computer restraints and time) to be able to teach them how to use design programs, etc.

yearbooks June 2013

How many yearbooks do you typically produce a year?

This year was our biggest yearbook production yet (it’s only our group’s 3rd year to have a yearbook) and we purchased 50 books: 43 of those were preorders and 7 were extra because we had to meet the 50 book minimum.

How many pages?

We had 80 pages total.

Color or BW?

We had 70 full color pages and 10 black and white.  Our cover was also full color.

Softcover or Hardcover?

Full color hardcover

What was your cost per book?

Our cost was $25.55 per book.

If you did any fundraiser to decrease the cost to your families, what did you charge for your book?

We didn’t do any fundraisers this year, but we did sell ads in our community.  Between the ad money and money our leadership decided to apply from our general fund we sold the books at a discount.  We did an early bird special for $17 per book or $15 per book if you ordered 2 or more.  After that special was over we sold them for $22 per book or $20 if you ordered 2 or more.  We required pre-payment for all orders.  The extras will be sold at $25.

What software did you use?  What company did you use for printing?

We used UBuildABook.com for our printing and we also used the software that they provided and required for the submission of our pages.  Any pages not created on their software were made in CorelDraw and converted.  For our special family pages (which they create themselves) they were created on whatever software that family had and converted to the proper format.

What were the pros and cons of your program?

Pros: It provided various layouts, backgrounds, etc., to use and was great for someone like me who does not know graphic design.  It was easy to submit pages to the company.

Cons: It was a bit difficult to navigate at first and ran a little slow.

What improvements would you like to make next time?

We would definitely like to see an actual class for yearbook in our group’s co-op.  This way a regular production schedule could be more closely followed so that there are tons of pages needing to be created at the last minute and the students could be more involved in the creative process.  I would love to see more involvment from other parents as well, whether that’s in the way of fundraisers, ad purchases, or simply assisting.

Yearbook Process & Production – SchoolAnnual.com

This post is the fourth in a series Yearbook Process and Production. In this series I’ll be sharing how different homeschool groups create their yearbooks and we’ll include critiques of the different software programs that we used. If you would like to have information included about your yearbook program, be sure to include a comment below.

YPP-series

Anne Campbell

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Who is the yearbook for?

Support Group Yearbook

Who does the yearbook layout?

Mostly the students, with parent help.

Do you have a yearbook club or class?

Yes, we did.  I was the advisor for several years for our support group.  I had a group of 6-8 middle and high school students who met twice a month to learn and work on layouts.  All photos were submitted by parents online and then categorized into folders for each layout.  The students worked independently with my guidance, then me and another mom edited and proofed the entire book.  We had another mom do the ad section.

How many yearbooks do you typically produce a year?

75

How many pages?

48

Color or BW?

Color

Softcover or hard cover?

Hard cover

What was your cost per book?

Around $46, some of which was paid for by ads.

If you did any fundraiser to decrease the cost to your families, what did you charge for your book?

We sold each book for $25 due to ad sales.

What software did you use? What company did you use to print your yearbook?

We didn’t use a software, but we had online access to the layout program through the publisher: School Annual.com

What were the pros and cons of your program?

We had to order a minimum of 75 books which was more than we needed, so we had lots left over.  It was difficult to get parental support from all members, so the bulk of the work (planning, sales, etc,) rested on a few.

What improvements would you like to make next time? 

After several years of having one, we discontinued the book this year due to low participation.

Please share any photos or additional comments. 

My family wants to make our own yearbook this year, but I don’t know of a service for just a couple of books that isn’t prohibitively expensive.  The yearbooks we produced in the past were stellar, but since our support group had gotten so small, it just wasn’t feasible to continue.