Career Capsules in Homeschool Yearbooks

Career Capsules in Homeschool Yearbooks

Do you ever think back to your dreams as a child? What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be just about a million different things throughout my childhood. (I still do, but that’s a topic for another day…) Sometimes I wonder what I wanted to be at certain ages. While chatting with my mom about Emmett’s co-op yearbook this week we came up with the idea of Career Capsules. This is a mashup of photography, a time capsule, and a letter to your future self. So what are Career Capsules?

What are Career Capsules?

Career Capsules are pictures of your child dressed up as their future selves in the career they want to be! If you did a homeschool interview at the beginning of the school year, you might already know what your child wants to be when they grow up.  Either way, this will be a fun project. 

How to Create Homeschool Career Capsules

Step 1: Ask your homeschool student what they want to be when they grow up.

The answer may surprise you. I saw a video recently in my news feed where a child answered he wanted to be a French Fry when he grew up. Can’t you envision that awesome kid dressing up as in a French Fry costume with a huge smile on his face for his career capsule?

If your child responds with “I don’t know” or “nothing”, you can still have creative fun with a career capsule. They can hold up a sign that says “nothing” or have a fun photoshoot with your child surrounded by ALL the things they are interested in.

Step 2: Choose or create the career costume.

Career Capsules - Disney Prince
“When I grow up, I want to be a Disney Prince.”

Your children’s costumes are going to be as unique as their answers. Let your kids get creative. Help them when they need it. This is a great chance to teach them safety with the sewing machine or cutting cardboard for armor.

Further this idea: plan an event inviting your homeschool community so the kids can create their career costumes together. It is great seeing the kids share their ideas, help each other out, and have a great time.

Step 3: Make the Photo Props.

Career Capsules - Hogwarts Professor
“I want to be a Professor at Hogwarts.”

Costumes are great for photo sessions. However, props make them even better!

If your child wants to be a Hogwarts Professor, help them create a set of books on potions or one large book titled “The Comprehensive Guide to Broomstick Maintenance by Madam Hooch”. You can also include your cat in the photoshoot to be their Animagus Form. 

If your child wants to be a pilot, they can use a model plane or transform a box into a plane they can “fly” in the photo session.

Career Capsules - Pilot
“When I grow up, I’m going to be a Pilot.”

Step 4: The Photo Session.

Gather your homeschool community for a fun day of photos in their career capsule costumes and their props. I can imagine the group photos would be fantastic! Seeing all of them as their future selves, ready to take the world by storm…

Or, if you’re going to do a family yearbook, then plan a family photo session. We can never have too many photos! #clickinmoms <3

Career Capsules - Prima Ballerina
“I’m going to be a Prima Ballerina.”

Emmett and I do some of our own everyday photo sessions with my Nikon CoolPix camera. However, for projects like this we usually plan a mini photo session with our local photographer. She is so great to work with, Emmett has a ton of fun, and I love how the images turn out!

Step 5: Planning the Career Capsule Pages.

For group yearbooks, you can plan a section where every student shares their career capsule or use them in place of the traditional headshot yearbook portraits.

For family yearbooks, consider a two page spread for each of your students. Let them showoff their creativity and career capsule highlights. 

Career Capsules - Photographer
“I’m going to be a photographer when I grow up.”

Emmett and I are using Picaboo Yearbooks this year with our co-op group. Picaboo Yearbooks offers four free pages for each student to personalize at the end of the yearbook. This is likely where I will place Emmett’s Career Capsule. The rest of our yearbook will feature projects, hikes, and clubs with our homeschool co-op. You can read more about the homeschool co-op yearbook idea here.

Final Step: Looking Back.

This step will happen next year, when it is time for a new career capsule. You and your homeschooler can look back and see what they wanted to be then, and what they want to be now. This keepsake is a wonderful memory to have in your yearbook. You’ll enjoy flipping through those pages for years and years. Some dreams change and some remain. The important thing to remember is…

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

There are so many ways to get creative with your Homeschool Career Capsules. If you want to brainstorm, feel free to comment or send me a message. Emmett and I are loving this project. He helped me come up with the examples for this post.

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Ashley Shelton

Ashley is the naturalist homeschool mom of Emmett's Expeditions. Since 2013, she has created nature centered learning activities that encourage kids to explore nature, discover new horizons, and protect the world we live in. In addition to wildlife activity books for your children's expeditions she has a Free expedition library for newsletter subscribers.



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