Yearbook Ideas Galore

As I mentioned in my last post I am teaching a yearbook class this year at our homeschool co-op. I am very excited about this class and can’t wait to share what we’re doing with each of you! We’re currently starting to brainstorm ideas on a new name for our book and develop ideas for this year’s theme.

In the process of preparing for the year I’ve spent a lot of time on the internet searching for inspiration. When looking for design ideas in 2012… you’re likely to end up on Pinterest. If you would like to follow along as I search for yearbook tips and tricks, follow me on Pinterest!

Yearbook Ideas and Inspiration

The Homeschool Yearbook

A new challenge!

After 11 years of homeschooling, with one student long graduated and only one left at home… I love an opportunity to branch out and try something diferent! We’ve found our comfort zone in so many academic areas… and personally I like to try something new whenever possible.

This year, the challenge is more for me than for my daughter.

Several years ago a mom at our homeschool co-op began teaching a yearbook class for high school students. Thanks to her vision and dedication we’ve been fortunate to have a co-op yearbook for the past four years. For the first three years, the class designed the book using different software programs and a local printer resulting in a spiral bound, black and white book. Last year, the class switched over to an online design program that allowed the students to work individually from home. The finished product was a softcover book with black and white pages and a color cover.

Last spring this talented mom decided that she would like to teach a different class this year and the co-op director asked if I would be willing to take over the yearbook class.

YES! I’ve always loved digital scrapbooking. I was a portrait and wedding photographer in my earlier days. I love a new project!

As I’ve prepared for the year ahead, I realized that there is a true lack of information available for homeschool families when it comes to the subject of photography, photojournalism and producing a truly quality yearbook. Curriculum pieces designed for the public school market don’t easily translate to the homeschool community and are very expensive. Publishing options can be confusing. Small mom and pop printing shops are available via the internet, each offer a different level of training and support… but none offer the educational component needed to produce a quality book.

For the 2012 to 2013 school year my challenge is to:

  • Produce a top-quality yearbook in full color for around the same price as last year’s book.
  • Create a photojournalism curriculum to raise the educational component of the entire project.
  • Share our journey with you!

Does your co-op or support group produce a yearbook? Would you like to?

Be sure to ask your questions here and we’ll walk the journey together.