Okay, so hopefully you have all that testing behind you now and are freed up to do some educational activities that are engaging for your students! I always have an end of the year celebration with my student that is themed-based. I also have an end of the year celebration where the parents are invited to share some special moments with their child before summer heats up! Here are some theme ideas that I usually let my students choose from:
- Spy Day
- Beach or Ocean Day
- Pirate Day
- Mad Scientist Day
- Craft Day
- Super Hero Day
We do activities with items I purchase from Oriental Trading Co. usually. I also ask parents to donate items for the day. We make a t-shirt to go with the theme. All the activities are educational, but they are theme-based. This is a do just for kids, but I do have a couple volunteers helping me with activities.
When I invite the parents to the room, we have a slideshow showing pictures taken throughout the school year. Each year, (20 so far) I’ve made individual photo albums for all my students and present them to the parents as a parting gift. Even though these cost me a lot, they proved to be priceless! Many students return years later with that album in hand. They tell me how meaningful the albums are to them. One even said, “When I’m down, I can look at it, and it always cheers me up.” I’m glad I invested in them. Then, I have parents bring in a dish to share. They can also bring in footballs to play outside with the kids after we all eat. It’s a great day! To make it really special, I also give every child a candy certificate as a keepsake.
Then end of the year is a busy time for teachers, but it also the best time to make memories that will last a lifetime with your students, build connections with the community, and celebrate the time you shared together as a class!