Probably one of my favorite parts of back to school--besides the excuse to buy a new planner and oodles of office supplies, is the back to school "interview". I've been doing these "All About Me" worksheets with my kids for the past several years and I never tire of reading and re-reading their answers.
Emma's is pretty much the same year after year... favorite hobby? riding. something you're good at doing? riding. something you want to get better at this year? riding. You gotta give her points for consistency.
Mary's answers draw me right back to the beginning of last year, the things she was into at the moment--dress up, riding her bike. And her plans to become a doctor have not changed in the past few years. (Though I'm curious to see what she says this year. I suspicious it's changed.)
And then there's Elizabeth. Last year was the first year she filled out an interview worksheet. I copied down her answers....
What's your favorite school subject? "real school work"
What do you want to be when you grow up? "a teenager"
What is your favorite outfit? "skinny jeans"
What is your favorite song? "Party In The USA" (This is where her mother hangs her head in shame.)
If you knew Elizabeth you'd know this is pretty much a perfect picture of her five year-old self.
I hole-punch and clip these worksheets into each of the girls' sections in my homeschool binder. And then, when I need a good cry, I flip through them and weep over how fast my little people are growing up.
I decided that this year's worksheet needed a makeover. I'm completely procrastinating on the other work I should be doing at this moment. So of course, why not spend an hour re-designing the worksheet? Perfect. After this I'll probably start organizing and editing my pictures in iPhoto. Then, I'll clean, organize and wipe down my desk and computer. If you ever need a procrastination to-do list, I'm your girl.
So, if you'd like to do a little beginning of the year interview with your kids, feel free to download and print ours. Trust me, in a few years time, you'll be grateful for this little collection of memories.
Click on the image above to download the pdf! Any questions? Let me know!
(FYI: Adorable arrows can be downloaded here for free.)