I really need to go make some homemade chocolate chip muffins (best recipe from My Baking Addiction here- they are delish!), but I quickly made a little last day of school writing file for my class. I've used this for years, but it needed to be freshened up with some adorable Graphics from the Pond clip art! Here's what I do: Every year on the last day of school, the last writing assignment I give my students is a letter from their desk. What advice would the students' desks give to the new crop of students coming the following school year? Students write from the perspective of their desk and describe what the new students will learn, classroom procedures, fun things to look forward to, and any other important information that will be needed to be successful the following year in our classroom. First, we brainstorm together the important things about our classroom, then the students write about those things. When school starts in the fall, I have the letters waiting on the students' desks when they come in first thing in the morning. They read their letter while I take roll, then we talk about what kinds of things they will learn, and I answer any questions they have. My current students always love writing this final assignment, and the next group enjoys reading about what they have to look forward to. If you would like a free copy, click the picture!
Happy Sunday! Isn't a great feeling to know we have one extra day off! That makes me soooo happy! :) I have a freebie thank you note card file for you here if you are interested- or simply click on the picture! I have three different background versions, but I hope to add more. Let me know if you need a different sentiment. I would be happy to add it to the file!
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a Rafflecopter giveaway Have an amazing weekend! When are you out for the summer? It's hard for me to believe this is my last weekend of the school year! I have such a wonderful class this year, that it seems to early for it to be the end!
Could this time of year be any crazier?!?! On top of the end of the year insanity, I have to pack up my classroom! I took a break from filling out end of the year student info and housework to finish up this little end of the year freebie file I have been working on. I hope you are able to use it, and I hope it makes your end of the year a little easier! Candy bar wrappers, treat bag labels, bookmarks, and note cards are included. Please let me know if you would like anything else added or changed! Click on the picture below to see the file on TpT.
I hope you had a great weekend! I am linking up this Mother's Day Gift post with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics for her Monday Made It! Check out Tara's Monday Made It and others' here.
I wanted to share what I decided to have my students make for Mother's Day. Last year they made this gardener's sugar hand scrub by One Good Thing by Jillee. The kiddos had fun making it, and the mothers loved the gift. It was super simple- just sugar and dishwashing soap! This year, we are going to make Lemonade Sugar Hand Scrub, following the same directions on the One Good Thing blog post above. (I don't add the Essential Lemon Oil). I am going to use Gain Anti-Bacterial Hand Soap/Dishwashing Liquid, which I found at Target on the dishwashing aisle. Just make sure the finished scrub isn't too runny- it should be more of a paste. If too much liquid is added, just add more sugar. I used about 3/4 of a cup of sugar per student. You won't need to add very muchdishwashing liquid to each jar. Make sure the students stir the mixture thoroughly, scraping the sides and bottom. I call students back six at a time to complete this.
I made a little file with some labels, cards, and tags to use for this gift. Click on the picture below if you would like to see the file. Included you will find lemon slice labels for the top lid of the jar and small lemons that say "Happy Mother's Day that you can tie around the lid. I plan to laminate these, and buy some thin jute to tie the lemon label on. (Don't worry- I'm not letting the kids use my good baker's twine!) There is also a circular tag that you could use instead of the lemon. You can use a 1 1/2 inch circle punch to cut those out if you like. Also included are a few different choices for cards. The page with four on it can be cut out and glued onto a 4 x 5 blank card,and the one with two can be printed out and folded. The students could also create their own cards for their mothers.
I have one last idea I wanted to share, even though this isn't a Mother's Day gift. I blogged about this a few days ago, but want to share in case you missed it. Every year i have the most amazing parent volunteers! I always love to spoil them with this special gift. You can find the blog post and the recipe to the most amazing cupcakes here. This gift has become a tradition of mine. I originally saw this idea on the amazing Eighteen 25 Blog. I asked if it would be OK to create a tag for a freebie, and one of the girls said it was fine. Check out the file here.
It's hard to believe that when the next Monday Made It rolls around, it will be summer! (Well, for some of us!) I am also participating in the Teachers Pay Teachers sale. My cart is overflowing with goodies to buy for my 2/3 combo next year! I adore TpT! Click on the picture below to check out my little store!