I love reading end of the year books to my kiddos. Here are some of my favorites:
I always make an end of the year DVD for my kids with pictures from our year together. I have used several different brands of slideshow software. The one that I used the last two years is by Roxio. I always add a soundtrack with some songs we have had in our Morning Songs. (Don't know about morning songs? Click here to read about them!) We always watch the slideshow on our last day together and then the kids take a copy home with them.
I used clip art from Graphics from the Pond to make bookmarks for all my kids. There is such a variety of images that I was able to find a kid who looked like each one of my students. I just added their names, laminated, and cut them out. To download your own bookmarks, click here.
I also made some little printables for the buckets, goldfish, and bubbles. To download those, click here.
I found some terrific reading logs on TpT from Casey Hallett. Click here to visit her store and download them. (Don't forget to leave feedback!)
Last year, I came across the cutest idea from Read Like a Rock Star. She had a bingo game with places to read. I knew I just HAD to go back and find that resource for my buckets. Click here to visit her blog and grab your own. It is adorable! P.S. If you are not following this blog, you REALLY should be! She has so many fun ideas!
The last thing I included in my buckets was a letter to parents about preventing summer slide. I found this letter on the Make, Take, & Teach blog. Click here to download your own letter to parents.
If you are still looking for more ideas for end of the year, check out my pinterest board.
I am still in denial that the year is over. My kiddos will come in tomorrow morning to pick-up report cards and grab their goodies before they are off to second grade. I hope they all show up so that I can squeeze them one more time this year. No more balloons. No more days. No more first graders...until August!