Thursday, June 6, 2013

EOY Activities and Packing up Idea

Today was my last day of school with my lovely children. It's been a terrific year, full of learning gains and unforgettable memories. After 5 years in the same classroom, I had to pack up 20 years of teaching materials and prepare them for a big move to the opposite end of the school. Needless to say, I have been at it for 2 weeks. Thankfully, I had lots of fun activities planned for my students. They were able to work independently, as I purged and packed.

My kindergartners completed a book a day, from my Writing Activities for Young Learners Part 2 Pack. Here are some pictures from one of the books.

They also made some creative labeling sheets from my Writing Station Activities for Young Learners Part 1 Pack.

My first and second graders interviewed each other for The Good Year Gazette: Farewell Edition.

My first graders really enjoyed completing all of the Break the Codes from my end of the year pack. I introduced some Whole Brain Teaching techniques a few months ago and I was glad to see that it had an impact on them.

The student above, chose to go a different route! Truth be told, I am really clumsy, and I guess I say it more often than I thought!

I leave you with a great packing tip. This is something I've been doing for years and it always attracts a lot of attention.

I cover my furniture with old tablecloths! You can get them very inexpensive at the end of a season or holiday. In the above pictures, I have Christmas, Hanukkah, and Spring, very well represented! The tablecloths are durable, reusable, and easily attainable. Try it! 

Happy Summer!


  1. Such a great idea to cover up furniture with wrapping paper!

    Lori! I have been doing all the organizing myself for the last 5 years. Not sure how it never occured to me to get my little ones to help! They loved it. Never lifting a finger again. =)

    Just Wild About Teaching

    1. Those kids have a lot more patience to scrub tables and bins than I do! I bet they'd never do this stuff at home!
      Teaching With Love and Laughter

  2. I love the table cloth idea, I use them for art and they wash right up.

    1. I have a nice supply of tablecloths for art activities too. I'm addicted to tablecloths!
      Teaching With Love and Laughter

  3. It seems like many of us are moving to other locations. Like you I have been packing up 31 years worth of my treasures. It is difficult letting go isn't it? Excited for the new chapter though! 2nd grade here I come!
    I have a large trash bag filled with all of my tablecloths. Love them! Love your idea too!
    Enjoy your summer.

  4. Lori,
    My kiddos were having fun doing your Things I Like book today! I love your products!

    We have to pack everything up--EVERY YEAR! Yes, even when we don't move rooms. Good times. :)

    Have a great summer!
    ♥Teaching Fabulous Firsties!♥

  5. What a great idea! We don't have to cover furniture with anything because they remove everything from our rooms to wax the floors, BUT, I could totally use that idea to cover up bulletin boards to keep them from fading! (I started a few years ago--putting up beginning of the year bulletin boards BEFORE I leave school and then cover it with bulletin board paper to keep from fading---tablecloths would be so much more "earth friendly" as well as versatile!)

    Thanks for the great tips and enjoy your summer! (I had to move rooms a few years ago and have my little firsties make trips to my new room (I was moving to an empty room, so I could do that) They LOVED helping! :)

    Rulin' The Roost

  6. Happy Last Day!!!
    Love the tablecloth idea -- genius!!!
    Your first grader's answers to Break the Code were cracking me up!


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