On the first day of school at elementary I began by chatting about the
summer, the "rules", and ideas for the year and then had everyone make a
sketchbook (several sheets of 12x18 manilla paper and a cover of drawing
paper, folded and stapled--I showed them my own sketchbooks too). They
decorated the covers and lettered their names and these sketchbooks were for
early finishers during the school year. First graders needed more pages than
5th graders.... Have a great year!