Scrapbooking as an Educational Tool

I stumbled across this little snippet over at one of the newsbytes internet sites and it got me thinking about how valuable a social tool scrapbooking can be.

Scrap Girls consumers are using digital scrapbooking products for much more than scrapbooking family memories.

Los Angeles, CA (FV Newswire) – Scrap Girls consumers are using digital scrapbooking products for much more than scrapbooking family memories. Melanie, a layout designer at ScrapGirls.com, takes her digital scrapbooking personally. So personally in fact, that she has started using this art form to design social stories for her son. Melanie’s son struggles with language delays. As part of his therapy, his speech therapist recommended that Melanie should write stories for him in which she would describe how he should behave. Melanie knew right away how she would do this: digital scrapbooking.

Melanie uses digital scrapbooking products from ScrapGirls.com to display digital photos of her son in a colorful comic-book style that will keep his attention. Her son is the star and he loves the books. Through them, he can watch himself make good choices.

Rose Ann Bright, a Scrap Girls customer noted, “I think this is a wonderful idea. I teach a variety of children, some of whom have autism, learning disabilities, or intellectual disabilities. Social stories are a big part of teaching children the correct way to interact with peers and adults.” Rose Ann also suggests the digitally scrapbooked stories could be presented as PowerPoint presentations.

Julie, a friend of Melanie’s, recently underwent brain surgery. To prepare her autistic son for the event, she prepared social stories to help him understand what would happen. He learned why his grandparents would be taking care of him for a while and why his father wouldn’t be around as much. He learned why his mother’s hair would be cut and why she wouldn’t be able to read to him or take him to school for a period of time.

How fantastic to be using scrapbooking as an educational tool!

I never really thought about it before but scrapbooking lends itself to this purpose so perfectly. After all, isn’t scrapbooking all about communication? Whether we are telling a story in pictures or a combination of pictures and words, or whether we are communicating a mood or emotion through the colours and design of our layouts. We’re communicating something.

And what a perfect tool to communicate to those with learning difficulties or who are too young to grasp complex ideas.

Have any of you used your scrapbooking in this way? Let us know in the comments. I’m sure many of us would like to know more about this side to scrapbooking that we may never have explored before.

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13 Responses to Scrapbooking as an Educational Tool

  1. Tink August 28, 2007 at 10:33 pm #

    Haven’t used it in that way, but think it is a great idea. I have had and still do have the Princess tell me the stories behind the pictures for the journaling though.

  2. karooch August 28, 2007 at 10:58 pm #

    Ah if we could all have a built in historian and social commentator like the Princess, Tink.

  3. DreamScrapper August 29, 2007 at 3:44 am #

    Excellent use of scrapbooking! There is a website that caters to home schoolers and has themed kits on various topics: http://www.scrapbookingtolearn.com/

  4. Jax Chachitz August 29, 2007 at 1:59 pm #

    HI,
    I have a blog titled
    http://www.creativespectrum.blogspot.com

    I love your article! I have thought about scrapbooking in that manner – as a tool for kids that are incredibily visual learners.
    I would also love to include your article on my blog (its about creativity for everyone involved with Autism), but was wondering what the source was for the original text? I would be happy to link you also.
    Thanks for any info you can pass along.
    jax

  5. karooch August 29, 2007 at 5:43 pm #

    Thanks for the links ladies.I must admit I thought it was a great idea when I read it.

  6. Olga September 2, 2007 at 1:18 pm #

    People might not share my opinion but I consider scrapbooking as different type of drawing, in this case made with a computer and softaware. And as such you can use it as you want, as a way of teaching or as a different form of art. It’s another tool to express yourself. We not only communicate with words that’s only a very little percentage of communication and you can use scrapbooking to communicate anything you want considering the limitations of the method you are using.

    But it’s a great idea to use it a teaching tool.

    Thanks so much for bringing this article to the blog and share it with us and best wishes. :O)

  7. karooch September 3, 2007 at 9:17 am #

    Great perspective Olga. Scrapbooking is definitely many different things to different people. That’s what makes it so great.

  8. Living By Learning December 17, 2007 at 8:35 am #

    Scrapbooks were used in a classroom that we visited to document learning about Native Americans. Now that I’m homeschooling my 8-year-old son, I would to get more ideas on how we can use digital scrapbooks for our projects. It seems like there may be lots of great applications. Thanks for suggesting the idea!

  9. Autism Game September 13, 2008 at 8:24 am #

    I am a dad of two boys with autism, I look to your blog for current info! Thank You!

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