Hosting an End of the Year Family Day!



Hey, everyone! This weekend I am teaming up with a bunch of bloggers around the country who have spring fever, baby! We are ready for summer vacation but are filled with ideas and freebies to get you through the last few weeks of the year.



This week was a special week for my kiddos, as we welcomed our families in to our classroom for our annual Family Fun Day! I used to do a Mother's Day Tea and Donuts with Dad, but over the years my students have had different family compositions that made me decide to change it up. Instead of celebrating each individual parent, I invite the families in to have an end-of-the-year family day to wrap up what we've done this year!

Here is a look at what we do for Family Day
and some ideas to get you started!




 

I send home this invitation a few weeks in advance. You can download a free, editable invitation by clicking here!



The kids made the flower arrangements out of fake flowers and plastic cups. Underneath their picture frame is their small moment writing piece from Writer's Workshop. Their small moment stories were a moment that was spent with their family. In the large manila envelope is all of their artwork from art class this year.


We made hanging picture frames out of scrapbook paper and popsicle sticks, and the kids posed for an adorable photo with our chalkboard. We used Mod Podge to seal the photo and the scrapbook paper to the popsicle sticks.



This year we made this adorable craft from Mrs. Jones's Kindergarten class. You can download the free tags on her blog!



You can never go wrong with interviewing 6 year olds and finding out how they feel about their families! I interview the kids and type up their responses. These are always hysterical! Here is the list of prompts that I use.



Last but not least, I make a class video on iMovie of all of the photos I have taken throughout the year. I am a bit excessive with taking photos of our learning...this year our class movie was 36 minutes long! Cara over at The First Grade Parade has a great list of music to add to an end of the year slideshow. This year I used:
  • Photograph by Ed Sheeran
  • If You're Out There by John Legend
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
  • Never Grow Up by Taylor Swift
  • Ain't No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye
  • The Best Day by Taylor Swift
  • Don't Blink by Kenny Chesney
Check out the next stop on our Summer Blog Hop by visiting Jenn over at Teach Love Autism! 





7 comments

  1. I love these ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. What great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Great post! Love the spice up my life gift idea and the poems! And especially the family day! One of my colleagues and I have been talking about doing this next year!

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  4. I love this idea, especially given the fact that so many children do not have the "traditional" families of the past with moms and dads - this way everyone can be included no matter who they live with! Thank you for sharing!

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  5. What a sweet idea! Thank you for sharing :-)

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  6. What a fun idea! I'm sure the families loved this. Thank you for sharing!

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