The End of the School Year is Almost Here!

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The end of the year is quickly approaching!  This is such an exciting time for everyone.  The thought of sleeping in, hanging out by the pool, taking a late night walk or a long fun family vacation is weighing on everyone’s mind.  Here are some things to do to finish out the year strong!

1. Have everyone bring in a pillowcase.  With a paint marker in the middle of the pillow you will write:

Now I lay me down to sleep,

I count these hands instead of sheep,

And think of all the friends I’ve made,

In “Miss Shipley’s” Pre-K  (change the name and the grade)

Paint each child’s hand a different color and have them lay their hand on the pillow case.  Write their name by their hand and they have an end of the year gift to remember your classroom and their friends.

2. Take time one afternoon to make Ice Cream in a Baggie and have an outdoor day with games.

Here is the link to the ice cream recipe: http://busyclassroom.weebly.com/letter-i-recipe.html

3. Invite parents in for a morning breakfast and make smoothies in a baggie.

Here is the link to the Smoothies in a Baggie recipe: http://busyclassroom.weebly.com/letter-s-rec.html

After breakfast I would invite the families to stay for a short program that included fun awards and a gift for each parent.  I would find an overhead projector (hopefully schools still have these hidden away and will let you use it) and set it up where there is a large space on the wall. Get black butcher paper and have each child sit on a chair. Turn on the projector screen and the light will outline the child’s head. I traced the outline of their face and cut it out.  After I cut it out, I pasted the black paper to a large piece of white construction paper.  Families love this gift! (This is an “old” project my teachers used to do when I was in school—nothing new!)

4. I think an important thing to do all year is to keep a folder of student work and progress.  I also made a handprint calendar. It took all year, as we did one handprint per month.  There are many ways to do this, but they are so much fun, and parents and students love to go back and look through them.  Here is a link so you can get an idea: http://littlegiraffes.com/teaching-ideas/257/handprint-calendar/

As teachers we know there are not many days that we truly get to take for just ourselves.  But please remember it is important to charge your batteries too.  Here are some things to try:

Clean up your room and get everything in your classroom ready for “summer”.

Take time for yourself, sleep in, have lunch with friends and try to focus on yourself.

Attend workshops throughout the summer not all at once.

Attend a fun and engaging, creative and inspiring workshop right before school beings.  This will recharge your battery, and you will have new ideas to start the school year.

We know how exciting it is to start the new school year too.  So all summer collect fun things from garage sales, workshops etc. to start the new school year right.  See you in a few months! 

References:

A to Z Teacher Stuff: Little Giraffes. (2015). Handprint Calendar.  Retrieved from:

http://littlegiraffes.com/teaching-ideas/257/handprint-calendar/

Shipley, Tisha. (2015). The Busy Classroom. Recipes for Teachers to Use with Students.

Retrieved from: http://busyclassroom.weebly.com/letter-i-recipe.html

Shipley, Tisha. (2016). The Busy Classroom. Recipes for Teachers to Use with Students.

Retrieved from: http://busyclassroom.weebly.com/letter-s-rec.html


This guest post was written by Tisha Shipley. Tisha has a doctorate of education in Curriculum and Instruction and has taught multiple grade levels at Moore Public Schools, including pre–K and gifted 3rd–6th graders.

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Memorial Day Activities…

Next Monday, May 25th is Memorial Day.

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I think some of us when we were very young recognized Memorial Day as simply an entire Monday to play outside, or if you were older it was a chance to sleep in. Holidays meant NO school, and unless you really loved waking up at 6am and ridding the bus, then you were probably a pretty happy kid.

However, as adults we learned that certain holidays represent more than just a day off.  Yes that part is nice, but certain holidays symbolize something greater, something important.

Now does this mean you can’t take full advantage of enjoying a barbecue with family, or head out on a mini trip during the three day weekend? Absolutely not.  Just make sure to take a moment to remember what Memorial Day is truly about.

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Did you know the holiday first began on May 30, 1868? Union General John A. Logan declared the day an occasion to decorate the graves of Civil War soldiers. Twenty years later, the name was changed to Memorial Day and President Richard M. Nixon declared it a federal holiday in 1971.

Memorial Day is a time to remember those who died while serving our country – it often gets confused with Veterans Day, but they are not the same. Veterans Day honors those who are currently fighting or have fought for our country. Memorial Day is for remembering those who have lost their lives while fighting for our freedom.

We pinned a few great ideas to help you celebrate this holiday at home with your little ones or right inside the classroom : )

But first…you could use these helpful books to strengthen their comprehension.

Click here to see a list on amazon or find some at your local library!

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Now onto the activities!

https://www.pinterest.com/kaymbuinc/memorial-day-activities-and-other-goodies/

Flags are always a classic symbol we use to show pride for our country, and one that your child or student will certainly recognize. Take a peek at these interactive flag crafts.

This one looks great for perfecting those fine motor skills.

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You can find the full directions here

This looks like it would be a wonderful, “hands-on” activity : ) with the help of a little washable paint.

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You can find the full directions here.

While this one is not a flag, it still has the colors and patriotic flare to it. Pop a battery operated tea light into the jar for a cute night light.

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Click here for the simple directions.

We here at Kaymbu hope you enjoy the three day weekend, and have an even better time teaching your child or classroom about the true meaning of the holiday.

…And to all of our military men and women, words can not express our gratitude. Thank you for all that you do.

Happy Memorial Day!