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May 22, 2016

9 End of Year Ideas to Save Your Sanity

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The end of the school year is so close, yet there are days that it just seems so far away! I wanted to share with you 9 end of year ideas that helped save my sanity and make the last few weeks a walk in the park!

The end of the year doesn't have to be crazy! Check out these 9 ideas that will help save your sanity and that your students are sure to enjoy, too! The first one was always a classroom favorite and the end of year gift is a breeze!

Chalk Paint

At the end of every year my students loved to enjoy a beautiful day outside playing with chalk paint. Not only is it simple to make, but it kept them busy and I was able to review skills with them as they had a blast painting answers outside on the sidewalks of our school! Read more about chalk paint HEREChalk paint is easy to make, simple to clean up, and it keeps my students engaged as we take our learning outside at the end of the year!

Summer Fun Awards {Editable}

These classroom awards were a hit every single year! They were a fun twist on end of the year awards. I grabbed the items that went along with the awards from the Dollar Tree, filled out the editable awards, and then handed them out on the last day of school at our classroom award ceremony! Parents loved them, too! End of the year summer fun awards that are a blast for kids! Parents love the fun spin on the awards, too!

Graduation Certificates {Editable}

Kindergarten graduation was no joke at some of the schools I worked out. It was serious business and boy were the the little ones just precious as they marched the hallway and received their awards! These editable graduation diplomas or certificates along with parent notes made my job simple! Type in their names and print! Make kindergarden graduation simple with these editable graduation diplomas and certificates.

Summer Bucket List

When my teammate had this idea almost 5 years ago, we knew we had to run with it! We brainstormed academic games the kids could play easily with chalk, dice, bubbles, and a simple notepad.  Threw the items (purchased for cheap at the Dollar Tree), a bucket list, and a few leveled readers for each student in the bucket and off they went on the last day of school! Parents were THRILLED that we sent their kiddos home with activities to keep them busy! Grab the bucket list FREEBIE HERE.Summer bucket list for students are a fantastic end of the year gift! Just add chalk, dice, bubbles, and a notepad! It will keep them busy all summer!

Pineapple End of Year Writing Craft

I always loved, loved, loved to have the student reflect on the year during the last week of school. We would sit down, talk about all of our wonderful memories we made together, and then they would ride about the year! This pineapple writing craft is a fun and engaging way for students to write about their “sweet” year. Read more about my purposeful writing crafts HERE.End of year pineapple writing craft that is a unique twist on writing assessments!

End of the Year Memory Books

Let’s face it, the last few weeks are just simply crazy! I loved having a planned activity that would calm them down at the end of each day.  I would simply introduce each new page for their memory book and then they would get busy writing and drawing about that topic while we listened to our “writing music” (instrumental music). This end of year memory book is perfect for students to work on the last few weeks of school at the end of each day. Parents also loved getting it at the award ceremony as a keepsake!

End of the year memory book for students to enjoy reflecting on the school year! They draw a selfie on each page as they take a walk down memory lane!

End of the Year Color by Number

When you need something to keep them busy as you are packing up your room or those early finishers finish their memory book page early, you can give them a color by number to review some math facts! Grab this FREE activity HERE!Summer color by number is a fun activity for early finishers! It keeps them busy when they finish our end of year activities and projects!

Super Kids Awards {Editable}

Sometimes awards would make my head hurt because I truly wanted each child to get something unique, but I also wanted to celebrate their fantastic growth! I needed something simple and these editable Super Kids Awards were just that! End of the year awards don't have to be fancy! Keep them simple with these "super kids" awards to celebrate each students' growth!

Summer Fun Bingo

Our end of year classroom party and award ceremony was always a blur! I loved using this summer fun bingo game! It’s something simple that a parent can run and do with students while you help with other things that only you can help with in your classroom….like taking pictures with each student on the last day! 🙂 You can grab this FREEBIE game HERE.Summer Bingo is a fun game that my students enjoyed playing at our end of year party! I love that parent can run the game while I help wrap up things in my classroom!

That’s a wrap! 9 ideas that are sure to help you survive the last few days!

The end of the year doesn't have to be crazy! Check out these 9 ideas that will help save your sanity and that your students are sure to enjoy, too! The first one was always a classroom favorite and the end of year gift is a breeze! Read through the post to find end of the year activities, games, awards, and more! #endofschoolyear #kindergarten #firstgrade #endofyearawards #studentawards #studentgifts

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  1. Wow, so many incredible ideas! Thank you so much for sharing them. For us, school goes until June 29 so plenty of time to use them. This could be the best end- of- year yet!

    1. Thank you!! That is a long school year! I feel for you, but you can do it! 🙂 I’m so glad you have some new things to do as you wrap things up next month!

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