Over the next few days there will be so many lasts for them while they are in the 1st grade. The kids are so excited by all of the end of the year activities they don't realize how close to the end of the year it is. In the past I've noticed my kids don't really understand that it's over until the very last day. They usually say "See ya' tomorrow" and that's when I remind them they won't see me until next school year. At that moment a look comes over their face that says "Are you kidding me????"
This week I still have to work to finish the end of the year testing that never seems to end. I know that testing is important so that we can then plan from those results, but my goodness it seems to be all I do anymore.
We honor our father's tomorrow during a program that my students are putting on for their favorite guy. We'll have some grandfather's there too, and I can't wait to see the look on all of these tough faces when their baby is reading their writing to them.
We have an award's assembly on Thursday, and parents will be there anxiously awaiting to see what their baby receives for their hard work this year.
We will also do our handprints that I put up around my room each year. They love this, and people from the community love to come in my room to see their child's handprint years after their baby has left 1st grade.
Finally, I will give them a little present to take with them. I found the idea on Pinterest, but I'm going to change mine up a little. I purchased a tumbler for each of them (6 for a $1.00 at Dollar Tree) so I can write them a message.
Click on the picture to see more great ideas on Pinterest for end of the year presents.
I'd love to hear what you and your students plan to do for the end of the year.