I'm still cleaning up my classroom this week, but I can already taste the freedom!
Before we went on vacation I had my students do a memory shoebox for their May homework project with their families. They decorated a shoe box, and the parents filled it with notes, pictures little toys, and mementos from kindergarten. I sealed the boxes up with packing tape and their instructions, are not to open it again until they are graduating from high school.
Before I sealed up the boxes, I added a couple of items myself. The first one was a student questionnaire (click on the picture to get the freebie):
I love filling these things out with the kids. My favorite response to what you want to be when you grow up? A Target worker! Way to shoot for the stars, although I can't blame him, Target is pretty awesome : ) I hope they will enjoy reading these as they get older!
Next, I decided to write an individual card for each of my students.
I got these cute little simple cards from Walmart, and tried to give a pink one to each girl : )
I tried to write what they were like in the kindergarten classroom, or tell little stories about what they enjoyed while in my class. On one of my little girl's cards, I told a story about how she wished she had told me her name was Rainbow Dash on the first day of school, so that I could have called her that all year, and put that on her nametag, instead of Karla!
I'm not going to lie, I got a little misty eyed writing these cards. This class was seriously amazing, and I miss them already. It was hands down the best class I have ever had! This was the first year of me doing the memory shoe boxes, and I really enjoyed it, and the parents seemed to as well, so I think I will have to keep the tradition going!