First time we get together I make a Bingo game from all the
student names and the 3rd grade teacher, plus my assistant---this
year a 3rd grade student asked if our Principal was on it and I
think I might add her too..next year. They LOVE playing this and
we will play it again at the end of the year when kindergartners
won't need so much help with the names. After that, we have a
poem called "Follow Your Heart Little One" written by a retired
teacher from our school that lends itself well to having students
illustrate each line. There are just enough lines (sometimes due
to schedule changes we have to double up a couple of lines but
there are some short ones that are easy to do that with) to last
most of the year with us writing down the line and then
illustrating it. We bind them together with either a plastic
spiral binding or Raffi, ribbon, etc., and each child has a
poetry book to take home at year's end. It's fun to have some
3rd graders in my buddie class who were also in my kkinder class
and now get to make another book---they have never complained!
We just use white construction paper for each page and they use
one day to make a cover at the end, then a blank page for the
We also go on a field trip to the beach with our buddies at the
end of the year. Beach Ranger comes and leads us around to look
at sea creatures.
Simple, but delightful..