Last Day of School
We have an end of the year picnic for our students and their family members. This year one of the moms volunteered to have her high school music class provide entertainment for us.
At the end of the year, we plan on having an art show for the parents. In order to have the kids help me collect art, they each have a box (that they decorated themselves) this is their "art gallery." They choose which pieces of artwork they want to take home and which ones they want to place in their gallery for the show at the end of the year. It will hopefully push them to take more pride in their work and really think about what they are doing and what they can do to make it better.
My idea is for the end of the year, as a gift to the children and also their parents. I take pictures of the children during the school year doing different things, showing different expressions if possible. Then I cut and mount them on poster-board. Under each picture write a funny blurb about the situation, then if the space permits in the center write encouraging sayings, e.g.. "Never , Never, Never Quit"- Winston Churchill. Then laminate or put contact paper to protect. I personally prefer laminating. I think this is a life keeper.
We have a toilet paper party. All the kids bring a couple of rolls of toilet paper and then they get to wrap up anything that doesn't move, throw it or anything else they want. It is most fun of course to wrap the teacher but the kids have a blast and even the cleaning up part is fun for them.
What better way of ending the school year than by having a Super Soak Day on the last day of school. You, the teacher, must provide the balloons to fill with water and little spray bottles. You can also use a small wading pool and accessories for the kids to play inside the pool. Remember: the Teacher has to get wet, too.
One of our last major activities for the school year is our "Day at the Movies." We turn our classroom into a Movie House. Chairs are set up in rows (like at the theater). Children sell tickets, popcorn, candy, etc. We have ushers (with real flashlights), and a ticket booth (our booth is a cardboard house we painted earlier this school year). Each child is given a job to perform. Some help set up the room, bag popcorn and candy, sell tickets, etc. Because everyone wants to be the ticket seller, we make it fair by drawing names from a hat for each job. The most exciting part of this project comes when all the children are seated and the movie starts. To their surprise, the movie is a video tape I take of them throughout the school year playing in centers, outside, and during various small group activities. This day of fun is always special and ends the year on a happy and fun note.
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