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Sunday, May 26, 2013


I am all finished school!  I am so excited.  The take down of the room went pretty fast too, as the kids helped.
Each year, I have the students help me sort the word wall words back into the groups I have them in, which is in a binder with make a word lessons.  I sort the groups of words into the respective lessons, and I am ready for next years words.  I just take the word off the wall, drop it on the floor, and continue until all words are down.  Then I have a ziploc bag for each lesson, labeled with the words that go to that lesson.  The kids get a bag and search for the word.  It takes no time at all.

I create a ton of staple debris in the carpets when I remove my bulletin boards.  So, I have the kids help pick out staples from the carpet by using magnets.  They actually argue over who is going to get the next staple.  It's much safer than using their fingers and a whole lot more fun.

They wash everything with wipes, including walls.  My room never smelled so good!  They help me sort and organize our letter tiles for next year's folders full of letter tiles.  They help me clean and organize the math kit boxes.  They work on helping me take staples out of the walls(some years, depends on the crew of kids and how responsible they are).  They thoroughly clean their desks and cubbies.  This includes name tag and label removal.  I will be in the same room next year, so I don't have to lug all my stuff to another place.  Yay!  

Before school ended, my kids gave their teachers their gifts.  We took about a month collecting all the stuff for it.  It turned out very cute.  Each one got a 31 bag with their name embroidered on it and a summer survival kit inside.  Below it shows all the items.  Although, the cup has a couple movie tickets in it that are hard to see.

Well, now the summer list of to-do's gets started.


  1. Yay for being out of school!! We have 4 days left & I am ALL about having the kids help. :) LOVE your teacher sweet & generous of you! :)

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  2. I'm catching up on my blog reading (sooo behind!) Glad you are out of school. That's a great tip about the staples - my kids would have loved doing that!