I cannot believe it’s almost May already! I’m pretty sure I exclaim that in shock every year! 🙂 There is a LOT that goes into closing out a school year, but for now I’m focusing on some fun end of the school year activities for kids and teachers. I think these ideas are great for preschool and kindergarten, and I’m sure they can be adjusted for older grades and homeschool as well.
end of the school year activities
I know I’m incredibly biased, but I love the preschool and kindergarten portfolios my students make. It’s a tradition I’ve kept to since the beginning of my teaching career. It tends to change a little bit every year, but I think they’re well-loved no matter what!
Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds has a darling preschool memory book, as well! I love how she incorporates items from throughout the school year, too. Be sure to check out how she includes the parents in her memory book – such a great idea!
Another one of our favorite end of the school year activities is a celebration program. It’s different every year, but it always includes some kind of slideshow. I’ve been involved in creating the slideshow for many years, which means I’m always collecting song ideas. I put together 20 of my favorites, and I loved all of the feedback I got from other teachers! In fact, I gathered another 25 based on the ideas many of my amazing readers sent in!
If you’re unsure how to create your own end of the year slideshow, Pre-K Pages has a tutorial just for you! In years past, I’ve sometimes created gift DVDs of the kids’ year this way.
Speaking of end of the year celebrations, check out how Teach Preschool showcases her students’ work for her program. In fact, I’m considering tweaking a few of her ideas for my students’ program this year!
In addition to programs, gifts, and portfolios, the end of the school year also means cleaning. Ugh – not something I enjoy one little bit. PreKinders shares how her students help out with some of these necessary tasks, but in a fun way. I’ve done so in years past, and it’s helpful both to students and teachers, as it’s part of transitioning away from the school year.
My preschool loves to integrate fun themed days in the last month of school. The nicer weather allows us to be outside more, so we take advantage of that. I find the special days also help us celebrate as a class in a more informal way. Water days, messy play days, and dirt/mud days have been huge hits in the past!
I love getting to know the kiddos over the course of the year! It’s fun to hear what they want to be when they grow up, and I love documenting that somehow. I absolutely adore how Fresh Picked Whimsy captured each child’s dreams with a photo art collage. I may try that out, although I don’t think mine would look as amazing as hers! Jo’s Photo Mojo created a cool photo collage based on this theme, too!
The last idea to share comes from The Measured Mom. She has a sweet tradition with her children, and I would love to do the same with my kiddo. I think it could also be adjusted to work for my preschool students!
What end of the school year activities do you treasure? Do you have some that are just plain fun for you and the kiddos? I would LOVE to hear all about them in the comments below! 🙂