The end is near my friends! Are you excited to see Friday come or do you have mixed emotions right now? I can remember so clearly being so ready to be done cramming for exams but not ready to say good-bye to my friends. My advice to you is to cherish each day with your friends while you are in college. These moments fly by so quickly and before you know it you’re 33 with 2 kids. 🙂 You are in an amazing season of life! Love it, live it, and serve Him in all things.
I have decided what a perfect way to finish up this year by giving you ideas to end your school year with. First off before I forget, right now at teacherexpress.scholastic.com you may go online and purchase resource downloads for just $1.00!!!!!! This site has great ideas, materials to purchase but it only lasts till May 18th! Easy to download and easy to print! What a great way to build your resource file my friends.
When I was teaching preschool I had a CD with songs playing as the children came marching into the gym for graduation. Songs such as : Let them be little, I hope you dance, I raise you up, to name a few. Not a dry eye in the house, including mine. We ordered online sashes for the children to wear as well as certificates we laminated, rolled, & tied with ribbon to be their official “diploma.” Students who were remaining in preschool were given a ribbon. I found this amazing site that gives FREE downloads for preschool & kindergarten graduation ideas. http://www.teachwithme.com Go there friends you won’t be disappointed!
As a parent gift to remember this special time I printed on a color copier the following poem and including on the poem a hand print of their child. We also laminated these.
Sticky Fingers and Big Wet Kisses
Sticky fingers and big wet kisses Dirty Toes and stars with wishes Splashing through puddles and hugs too tight Afternoon naps and sleepless nights I’m growing so fast. I’ll soon be grown So I’ve made you this hand print for your very own. So tuck it away and keep it, please So years from now I can see How much I changed as time went by An you can always remember my… Sticky fingers and big wet kisses Dirty toes and stars with wishes…
Another idea you can give your students is a special poem from you!
You are a very special person. And you should really know, How I loved to be your teacher, How fast the year did go.
Please come back to visit me As through the grades you grow, Try hard to learn all you can, There is so much to know.
One thing I tried to teach you to last your whole life through, Is to know that you are special, Just because you are you!
Good luck in Grade One!
I am very proud of you!
Art activity idea: Time Capsule
Talk to children about what a time capsule is. Then provide children with stickers, glitter, crayons, and markers and let them decorate a Pringles can inside and out to create a time capsule. With a permanent marker, write the year on the outside of the can. Let children add special items that you have collected throughout the year, such as photographs, artwork, hand prints, booklets, etc.
Help children create the following personal information to include in the time capsule (This would be a great activity to do with parents on graduation day).
My friends are ____________.
My favorite things to do are ____________.
My favorite toy is _______________.
I wan to be a ___________ when I’m grown up.
Close can with electrical tape and explain to children and parents that they can’t open the can until they graduate from high school.
Devotion: Colossians 2:6,7
Alive in Christ
6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
I know right now many of you are thinking, ” Wow, my college years are flying by! I can remember being a freshmen, and now I’m preparing for student teaching!” I want you to always remember to stand bold, asking our God to use you where ever he may take you. In this passage, Apostle Paul helps us by reminding us to 1) Stay in the truth 2)Walk in the truth 3)Do it in Thanksgiving.
God wants you!!! When you are staying in the truth, reading his word, there is a release, a comfort when reading his word. Knowing he bled for me, and gave us a book our guide to show us the way. Know his promises through reading his word. Turn off the tv, put down your iphone, and get off facebook and read his word. You will find the truth you need. Don’t seek others when looking for answers, seek HIM!
When your walk and talk are aligned with God’s word , your heart is seeking one of gratitude. Be thankful is all things. Rejoicing in his promises. Rejoicing with the rain and storms come. Because we know they will. But find comfort in the rainbow that will come! Satan will remind you of what you don’t have. Right now, stop and think of what you are truly grateful for. We sure have a lot don’t we?
Stay the course, don’t give up! Remembering He loves you! Let me ask you again. What do you have to be thankful for? CHRIST JESUS!
Praying for you daily!
Smiling for him,
*** Please leave a comment or email me letting me know what you think of Smiling for Him. *** This will be my last entry for this school year. If you would like for me to continue next fall please let me know.*** I want this blog to encourage, inspire, and help you along in this journey.