9 Creative Back-to-School Traditions to Capture Memories

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With the anticipation of "back to school" upon us, moms everywhere are in preparation mode. We're buying backpacks, planning lunches and are ready to execute those back-to-school traditions that we hold dear. Here are 9 BTS traditions that my family loves. We hope you do, too!

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Write a Statement

Actually, document your child's statement! Ask the same question before and after the school year and see how her response changes. Our question is "What makes you excited about school?" — and her answers always fill my heart. Add the answers to your BTS photo traditions.

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Include Their Favorites

We love books, so I keep our tradition based on my daughter's favorite literary influence, but photographing your child with his favorite book, toy or activity is a simple BTS photo tradition that will further help document his development.

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Conduct Quarterly Interviews

Do you know what your child knows? Take a quarterly assessment of her milestones based on generalized questions that you can pose for years to come. Document how her sense of reason matures and her values form.

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Record Your Child Reading the Same Book

Record your little one reading the same book over the years and listen as you hear how he progresses from pre-reader to literary lover.

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Make a Life & Learning Report

Whether written or narrated by your little one, document her perspective on life and learning with a report. What is she learning in school? Does she feel the information is important? What subjects are most fascinating to her? How do her siblings, parents, friends impact her learning? Ask her to write detailed stories or draw pictures. Add her school projects in there, too. Listen for the details and document them. Over the years, you'll be able to understand how the power of learning has changed her life.

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Ask Teachers to Write a Happy Birthday Message

I love the teacher inscriptions made in childhood books, but why not focus that message on your child's birthday? Birthdays evoke a natural marker of growth and help document milestones. Give teachers a natural way to message a note on that growth. If your little one has a summer birthday, ask his teacher to write a note in their birthday book on the last day of school.

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Give Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Kids love tradition and routines because it gives them a sense of understanding. Research a teacher appreciation gift that feels unique to your child and offer that as a gift each year. Your child will love sharing the history of this tradition with her teachers.

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