One of the first things I do to start winding down the year is start up an end of the year countdown. I write it up on my board and I have a child change the count each day. I've seen teachers that put balloons up somewhere in their room and pop one each day in the countdown. Next year, I would like to give that a try, but Expo marker did the trick this year :)
An EOY meeting is one of my favorite moments of the year. This is a good time to reflect on everything that we learned and share exciting times we shared. Once we have completed this, I show our EOY slideshow.
|*I forgot to take pictures of this activity this year, so these pictures are from one of my past classes.*|
End of the year gifts:
I always have given gifts and they've varied from a favorite book we read together, buckets filled with goodies/activities for the summer, sunglasses etc. The past two years I gave my kids water bottles. One of the things I felt sad about was the fact that I gave them away and never got to see my kids enjoy their gifts, so this year I passed them out on the Monday of the last week of school. I used my Cricut to cut out my students' names with permanent vinyl. Each child chose their bottle color and I quickly put their name on it while they ate breakfast. I've never seen such excited kids! They wanted to take their bottles with them everywhere they went! And I have never seen children drink so much water in my life! This is definitely a gift I will have to recreate next year. (These particular bottles can be found at the 99 cent store.)
Every year I want to make EOY awards, but never get to it. This year I was determined to create some and thank goodness I got my hands on Molly's Marvelous Medallions! I was able to create a medallion for every single child. They wore them proudly!
On the very last day in the last hours I show our EOY slideshow again and then I wrap up the day by passing out "diplomas." I take a sheet protector and fill it with their report card, reading log for the summer, an end of the year letter, and their first grade diploma on top and hand them out. My first graders loved this! This was a moment for them to celebrate what we did this year and they gleefully cheered for each other as they came up to get their diplomas. Even though I had told them they had passed on to second grade, they still looked so thrilled to be told they were now second graders :-) I loved their excitement!
These are some things that I like to do to wrap up the year. What special things do you do to end the year on a good note? Please link up with us below and share :-)