Friday, June 14, 2013

End of the Year is Here!

Summer is here! School ended on Tuesday, I officially "checked-out" of my school, and now it's time to go on vacation... THEN, plan for next year!

This year was quite an experience for my students and I. My school had to go through some emergency construction during spring break, so I had to move into another school building for the remainder of the school year. I am now in my 3rd classroom of the school year. Luckily, my new classroom is bigger, brighter, has fresh paint, and new windows! I am one happy teacher!

End of the Year Gifts

Every year, I give my kiddos a simple gift to remember the year by. This year, I found some cheap, cheap, cheap sunglasses from Walmart. They were 6 for $1... score! I also bought some Kool-aid packets on sale. I taped the Kool-aid packets to the sunglasses with a cute little printable from the blog Just Another Day in Paradise. You can find this cute printable here.

Here's how they turned out...



I couldn't stop there!  In addition to a small gift, I also create a personal memory book for the kids. The memory book has a cute picture of each student and a paragraph with their school year memories. I LOVED seeing their faces when they walked in the room and saw their gift and memory books. We also had to get each other's autographs!

Here's a look at what the students saw on their desks when they walked in our classroom on the last day of school...



You can find the template I used for the student paragraph here in my TPT store. I had my students respond to each question, then I typed up their responses to put in their memory book. Easy Peasy!

What traditions do you have for the end of the year??

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