Free Templates to create a One-Sheet for your child for back to school.
I tried to do a version of this the other day. It was updating a really old post, about the Snapshot IEP. I think it’s a great post, but it really only got a lukewarm reception from all of you. And that’s ok. I don’t mind when it comes with constructive feedback. This was mostly the “not really what I’m looking for, can you do a one-sheet instead?” variety.
So, ok, I did!
I use an online program called Canva for all of the graphics that I do here on the blog. However, they have a free version that anyone can use. Once you get the hang of it, it’s easy to use. Just look around, be patient, it’s mostly intuitive. I made one for Kevin and I really like it. I think I’m going to use it.
All about Me-Back to School printable one sheet
So here’s how to make one for your child. It’s very similar to an All About Me sheet but more detailed. And prettier.
- First, print mine. Or at least open it up and take notes. Look at the different categories and decide what you want on yours.
- You can make one in Word, I would recommend a template for a one-page resume.
- If you want to add pictures and graphics, I recommend Canva. A basic account is free and you can use it for anything. I use it for Christmas cards and birthday party invitations.
- If you choose to use Canva, here is the link to the template that I used.
- Open that template and “make a copy.” That way if you go in too deep and make some formatting changes that you cannot correct, you have a clean copy.
- Start editing. If you look on the left, you’ll have other template options.
- If you look on the upper left side, there is a spot to click “undo.” That button is your friend.
- Once you have it the way you want, you download it. You have several options including PNG and PDF format. PDF is what I recommend for printing.
- Have fun with it. They have a zillion fonts and a zillion color choices.
- Include your child to the maximum extent possible.
And that’s it. Like I said, be patient. For me, using Canva was a bit of a learning curve, but once I got used to it I love it. Print and take to back to school nights, Meet and Greets, maybe even first night of things like Scouts and team sports.
Stay positive and set your child up for success. This isn’t about blathering on to everyone about their disabilities. It’s about letting folks who are in a position to help, to do so effectively.
PS-Don’t forget to create a VISION STATEMENT FOR YOUR IEP.
If anyone else wants to leave a link to a template that you’ve created, do so in the comments. Know that leaving a link means I have to approve the comment, but I will do so when I get the notification. (Spammers like to leave links)
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