The End of the school year is here! That's right and some school district's are actually DONE for the year...and what a year it was and for some still is.  YOU'RE Tired...exhausted...ready for summer....can just about drag yourself out of bed in time to grab a cup of coffee before you head out to school...AND...you still have 3 weeks of school left...or more!
If your year was or is a bit...well...let's just say a bit of a challenge, then why not end the year with a BANG using a few of my all time favorite crafts and activities that will be fun for everyone?

ANNNNDDDDD...they will lessen the load for YOU since they are all ready to go!  NO THINKING required...no lost sleep trying to figure out what to do.  all integrate skills learned and MORE!

🌞 Think about the Amazing 2023 Summer

With a school year that has had more challenges that anyone realizes, the weather warming up and kids ready to play more than learn, let's encourage our kiddos to think about the end of the school year and SUMMER!

I am pretty sure that many children will be heading to a pool or the beach at some point this summer even if it is simply a above ground blow up pool in the backyard.   

So let's float into summer with this cute summer craft idea!


These can be used for an end of year celebration, bulletin board or just for fun.  Send them home with your students to hang in a room in their house to remind them of some of the activities they would like to accomplish over the summer.  There are many choices included and you can choose a writing activity or a mobile to hang! 

End of Year Summer Craft.           

☀️ ABC'S OF OUR YEAR TOGETHER





Feel like counting down the days with the alphabet?  Try this great idea to end the year and get your kiddos thinking about this school year using letters of the alphabet! 

Easy to use and fun for all. 

Brainstorm ideas with your class for each letter of the alphabet and do a letter a day or if you teach older students, give the the pages and let them come with their own ideas.  It is FUN and challenging for ALL ages...even you!

ABC's of our Year




🌞Summer Charades

Looking for a great end of year game for Morning Meetings, Fun Fridays or just for fun...Summer Charades is a great activity to focus your students and get them thinking about SUMMER!                                                                                                                
     

☀️A Letter FROM MY Teacher 





Here are 2 great ideas from YOU , which can be added to a Memory Book or just give to each student  A Letter from YOU! Your students will LOVE receiving a personalized letter from you. Just simply add each name, change a few words and copy!  EASY PEASY!       





OR you may want to create an ABC's of our year together to give to each of your students or add to the back of a memory book that your students created!


This idea has always been cherished by students and teachers!
It is completely editable except for the clipart due to copyright issues.  You can choose black and white or color copies.  It is FREE and is yours to use!


 πŸŒž Have your Students Write a Letter to Next Year's Class

Simply brainstorm some ideas of what the class loved about school this year and have each student write a letter to next year's class about all the fun they had during the 2020-21 school year!  SIMPLE and FUN!  In September you can share a few letters to give your new students a soft landing on the first day of school!

Another way to do this is to write a class letter on chart paper that you can have each student sign and then use it as your morning message for the first day of school.

Any way you choose is sure to be fun and exciting for your current students and your new students!

☀️ END OF YEAR FEELINGS STORY AND MINI BOOKS

The End of the year can be an emotional time for many students. They can be overwhelmed with the many feelings they experience when school is ending.

This end of year social emotional learning activity is a great way to address these feeling and enable conversations about how each child feels.

✅ This social story shows students that feelings come, and feelings go, and your feelings may be different than your peers and that is okay.

✅ This social emotional story addresses some feelings children may experience from excitement to sadness and even those unsure feelings.

✅ It reviews the feeling that students may have and gives them a strategy to think of positive activities that can happen next year, such as, learning new skills and meeting new friends and keeping old friends TXMM23

✅ The social story includes places to stop and give kids an opportunity to turn and talk about how they feel about the year ending.

✅ Allows students to discuss and share their feelings, lets them see firsthand that they are not alone, they can more effectively navigate relationships, calm down and understand that everyone has different feelings and experiences. 

🌞  Last BUT NOT LEAST A GOOD OLE' MEMORY BOOK!



Memory books are always a great idea to get your students thinking about all they have learned during the school year and what they might to looking forward to next school year!




This one is BEST for Grades 1-through 4


And the one below is best for Kindergarten and First grade.



These 2 Memory books have been tried and true and a big hit with my students and a great way to think back on the year!  What I LOVE most is after the year is over and the books have gone home and maybe tucked away in the attic for a few years, your students will find them and read them with a totally different perspective and that's the wonderment of making memories and recording those memories to cherish from year to year!    






I HOPE THESE IDEAS BRING A BIT OF SUNSHINE YOUR WAY!

Have a Great Summer!  


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