Thursday, August 4, 2011

Using Photo Books to Supplement Your Child’s Education {Giveaway}


Do you remember how excited I was at the beginning of the summer when I told you about how I had learned how to create m'ija's first yearbook? It made me super happy because I had been looking for a way to document her progress, as well as something with which to reward her for all of her hard work.

In fact, I was so pleased with the end result, I wrote another article sharing additional tips for creating your own yearbook.

It has occurred to me that these photo books are not only a great way to preserve memories, but they can be a valuable educational tool, as well.

How often do we consider the power of personalization? When you read or watch something that is about you or your family, don’t you pay closer attention? I know I do. If I am watching a movie about someone, I can be sympathetic, but I am less likely to become emotionally involved than if I were watching a home movie about someone I know and love.

So wouldn’t it be great to harness the power of this personalization and apply it to our learning programs?

Imagine, if you will, the 8” x 8” photo book from Shutterfly. Wouldn’t this make a great personalized “text” book? Just imagine the possibilities!

Make an ABC book for your preschooler. Creating your own abecedario using your family photographs would not only become a treasured family heirloom, but it could really make learning the alphabet a much more meaningful experience for your child.

Make a book about colors. Wow. How much fun would this be? You could not only use photographs that you’ve already taken, but you could also involve your child by asking them to create a nice display of household items that are the same color. Then take a picture of it together!

• For older students, consider making a recipe book. Pick one day each week to create the recipe of your choice together. You know, paletas, natilla, alfajores, pan dulce…you get the picture! Be sure to document your progress.

Make a book of your family tree. Ask everyone in your family to send in photos of themselves and put them together in your photo book. Be sure to label your pictures with nicknames and terms of endearment, as well as their full names.

An 8 x 8 photo book is smaller than the one I made for the yearbook, but it also includes 20 pages. If you have never used Shutterfly before, this is a great opportunity to practice creating your own book. You can read my description of Shutterfly's two (free) built-in programs that help you to design your project.

I would encourage you to involve your child. Ask your son to help you choose the photos you'd like to include in the book. Have your daughter pick which layout she likes best for each page. Write the text together. Be creative - make it bilingual!

And don't forget los abuelos! This year, Grandparent's Day is September 11th. If you start right away, you will have plenty of time to create a meaningful album that will start 'Buelita to crying with happiness.

Take a look around Shutterfly's site for ideas. I’ve been prowling around there looking at things, which is dangerous, because now I'm thinking of letting the kids design their own birthday invitations for their birthdays next year. And instead of slaving over our holiday cards in a few months, I think I will simplify and save us the time and effort by having the kids select one of Shutterfly’s templates (Warning: they have 805!). It will be a good lesson in working together.

The Giveaway

I'm excited again, because this time, I have the opportunity to offer one of you, dear amigas, a free 8" x 8" photo book from Shutterfly!

To enter, simply leave a comment below. I would love to know what type of album you would create. Would it be a simple memory book? Or would you get creative and assign it a specific theme?

The deadline to enter is 11:59 EST, Sunday, August 7th. The winner will be chosen using Random.org. and contacted via email - so be sure to leave a valid email address (or some other way to contact you) in your comment! Open to United States residents only.

And to increase your chances of winning, you can:

1.) Blog about this giveaway and include the link to your post,

2.) Tweet the following: Free 8x8 photo book from Shutterfly giveaway on MommyMaestra.com http://bit.ly/raVUfS #giveaway

3.) Follow MommyMaestra on Facebook.

4.) Take the anonymous, one-question poll in the sidebar.

Don't forget to let me know by posting a separate comment for each entry!

¡Buena suerte!

Disclosure: Shutterfly has offered me a free 8 x8 photo book in compensation for writing this post. I have chosen to offer it as a giveaway because I really think my readers will enjoy it (even though I really want to use it myself!). All the ideas and opinions expressed in this article are my own original thoughts.

This giveaway is now closed. Congratualtions to #48 Susan, the winner of the Shutterfly photo book!

67 comments:

  1. I tweeted the giveaway!

    Check it out here:
    http://twitter.com/#!/annagrace19/status/99217811422969857

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  2. I am a FB fan of Mommy Maestra.

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  3. And...I took the quiz!

    I have been getting some good stuff here at MM lately! I teach Spanish 1-4, and love some of the cultural insights I can share with my students. :)

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  4. I'm doing a vacation photobook.

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  5. http://twitter.com/#!/ky2here1/status/99278853419180033

    ky2here at msn dot com

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  6. Like MommyMaestra FB as kyhere here

    ky2here at msn dot com

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  7. Took the one question poll - i would have liked to see public school and private school separated.

    ky2here at msn dot com

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  8. I love the idea of an alphabet book...or even a cookbook....something out of the ordinary besides a photo album. I kind of use my blog as our family scrapbook. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. I took the poll...for awhile I didn't know what to choose....it was THE HARDEST decision to make this year, but we're still wannabe homeschoolers. They'll be going to public school, but we're doing some great things at home, and this year hope to be introducing some things at the school, too. Thanks for all your great ideas.

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  10. I would make an album of my nephew's wedding.

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  11. We went to Disneyland at Halloween, and I would do one of our trip. I see they have fall/halloween themes. Awesome!
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@yahoo.com

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  12. I would make a book of our summer vacation!
    mintstatesportswear(at)juno(dot)com

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  13. I would make a memory book for my 9 month old! Great giveaway =)

    k (dot) kirk22 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  14. I voted in the poll!

    k (dot) kirk22 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  15. Would love to make a photo album of some of the less visited family members for my son, so he can still be familiar with them.
    (little_flea2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  16. "liked" you on facebook
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  17. Voted in the poll
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  18. fan on facebook. abcmom2009@yahoo.com

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  19. I would have the book themed vacations for each place we took my little boy...Aquairum pics, zoo pics, ect...

    (trishv8604(at)yahoo(dot)com)

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  20. I voted in the poll... My little one is only 2 so will still be at home with me.

    (trishv8604(at)yahoo(dot)com)

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  21. I want to make a travel book of our first family vacation. But I like Wendy's idea the of creating a book of all teh family members... I have a "who loves baby" flip book with pictures and my 14 month old points to each person :)

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  22. i want to create an album for my new great nephew

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  23. I took the poll and am a facebook fan! I would make a vacation book or even a memory book of our first year homeschooling...lots of exciting plans for our first year!

    rsrangel@comcast.net

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  24. I liked Momma Maestra on FaceBook!

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  25. I would make a memory book. Thanks for the chance.

    supaflychikenpi2 AT gmail DOT com

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  26. I answered the poll.

    supaflychikenpi2 AT gmail DOT com

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  27. Would love to make a book of pics of my 7yr old son and his 9mnth old brother to give to him for his b-day! He loves his little brother so much!

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  28. I like you on facebook.

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  29. I tweeted.

    http://twitter.com/#!/AFTolar/status/99684515257122816

    supaflychikenpi2 AT gmail DOT com

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  30. would love to make a photo book w/ my 5yr olds kinder year for her

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  31. I am a facebook fan :)

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  32. I took your poll, I would make a photo book for my daughter of all of her family members :)

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  33. I would create a birthday album for my 3 year old.
    lenz.nicole(at)gmail(dot)com

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  34. I would really like to create a book of the pictures I have of getting ready the day before my wedding.

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  35. An ABC book using people, places and things we love in our home town.
    Breeeezie@gmail.com

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  36. TOOK POLL TOO. THANKS

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  37. I would create a Summer 2011 for my daughter.
    msurosey@yahoo.com

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  38. Tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/mail4rosey/status/99846693679415296

    msurosey@yahoo.com

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  39. I just discovered shutterfly last week and placed an order its a great service Iam a fb fan.......

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  40. opps cmm2108@gmail.com

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  41. I would make a book of my daughters first trip to the beach
    brittneydejajason at gmail dot com

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  42. I like to make a summer fun memory book each year.

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  43. I tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/jenharriman123/status/99876202575175681

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  44. Like your blog on facebook too. jennifer harriman

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  45. Our trip to Legoland!!
    Tina W - winkleraz1 at yahoo dot com

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  46. I would like to make a photo book of our summer vacation, and send it to my mother in law. She can't travel here, but we can send her our summer!
    fluff328 at yahoo dot com

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  47. I would like to do an album of my kids for their grandparents.
    shawnac68@hotmail.com

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  48. My son loves soccer and I would create a book of his years of soccer experience.

    eddingsfamily@prodigy.net

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  49. My son will be a senior this year and taking a photography class. I would love to create a book of his senior year and integrate some of his own photo's.

    lizzysweeps@hotmail.com

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  50. Would love to make a book about our summer. Love having all our memories there to help us get through the snowy winter.
    chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  51. Tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/chipdip2010/status/100036994004033537
    chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  52. I'd love to create a book of pictures from my recent vacation.

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  53. Tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/clc408/status/100201658646138881

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  54. Like you on fb (Cynthia Conley)

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  55. I would make a photo book of my child's birthday
    cookster77@aol.com

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  56. like you on facebook Erin Cook
    cookster77@aol.com

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  57. I would use it to create a memory book for my daughter who just turned 1!
    schkinner at yahoo dot com

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  58. I like you on FB (Schkinner Saves)
    schkinner at yahoo dot com

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  59. Tweeted
    https://twitter.com/#!/schkinner/status/100253912669491200
    schkinner at yahoo dot com

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  60. Took the anonymous survey
    schkinner at yahoo dot com

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  61. I would love to win an album as I have utterly slacked at scrapping for my little one, and these books are great for preserving memories, and so much easier to put together online. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  62. Tweet, tweet! http://twitter.com/#!/MandersD22/status/100377046852706304

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  63. I love Shutterfly! I would maybe do a book on everything we did this summer. :)

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