Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Fun End of Year Gift Idea!

All over the blog world, everyone is talking about the end of the year!  I'm not even close to it!  I still have about 50 days left and two more report cards to write!  My school does start a bit late though... it starts after Labor Day, so it evens out.

Anyhow, I've come across two linky parties with some end of year gift ideas, and I figure I'd do a quick blog post about the gift I gave my kids last year!



Their gift included:
-a beach bucket and shovel
-7 books (see my previous post here to find out how to get books for dirt cheap)
-a wiffle ball
-bubbles
-a toy car
-a necklace for the girls (the boys got two toy cars)

The kids loved it because it was simple and fun!  And it was pretty inexpensive thanks to dollar store deals.  But.. this gift had a catch!  Their end of year gift may look fun (and it was!) but it also was academic!  Check out my letter below to see how this gift helped them practice key skills over the summer!  Click the picture to download it via Google Docs!

Note: This preview uses the font Janda Manatee Solid.  Once you download the file off Google Docs (File > Download), it will look different if you don't have the font installed.  Feel free to install the font using the link above, or use a different one!

Let me know what you think!

This post is linked up with some linky parties:

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday





24 comments:

  1. I love your gift idea!! Your kiddos will be so excited to get their gift! I love how the letter makes your gift more meaningful! :)

    Andrea
    Cheers To School

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    1. This picture was from last year and the kids LOVED it! Although... I did have one kid who called me out on my trick... he said, "You did this gift to trick us to do homework all summer!"

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    1. Thank you for hosting it... it's an awesome idea for a linky party!

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    1. No problem! There's so many great end of year ideas!

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  4. Thanks for sharing! My students will get a kick out of their gifts!

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  5. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing. It's fun and educational :).

    Colleen
    The Teaching Chameleon

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    1. Thank you! If only everything that is educational was fun... and visa versa!

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  6. Cute idea! I am your newest follower. Thanks for stopping by on Manic Monday!

    Samantha
    Ms.Smarty Pants

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    1. Thanks! Congrats on being so close to 200!

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  7. Our kiddos do not have much...How do you get books dirt cheap?

    Check out our new K blog:

    www.kindergartengoonies.blogspot.com

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    1. So sorry I forgot to link up that post! It has been added now! Or, you can just check out the link here.

      I just stopped by your blog and started to follow you! I love your Earth Day Bulletin Board!

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  8. I like you have lots more of school left! I really like your end of the year gift! We do something similar with the beach pails, but I am not even close to putting it together. We add sight words and games to work on over the summer. I will have to post it later in June when I begin to think about summer! I would love if you stopped over to my blog for a visit!

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    1. Oh I should definitely add some sight word games also! I'll be sure to follow you blog to see what else you put in the beach pail!

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    1. :) I figure I owe them for giving me another awesome year of teaching!

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  10. Handmade gifts.. not too expensive but shining with love

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    1. Too sweet! And the kids just love them!

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