End of the Year

FREE end of the year lists plus more End of the year teacher and students HACKS to make the end of the year and back to school less easy! Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten.

Make the end of the year count for your students and yourself. I'm sharing my favorite end of the year teacher hacks with you! Use the time you have the last few weeks to prep and make back to school easier and less stressful for you! Help your students transition by reflecting on the school year, celebrate everything they have done, accomplished, and learned! Now let's get started.

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End of the year teacher and students HACKS to make the end of the year and back to school less easy! Plus FREE end of the year lists. Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten.

I have a multi-age classroom. Some of my students will be going to kindergarten and some of them will come back next year to be the "big kids" in my class.  We read books about kindergarten and school. We talk about what is going to happen, what that will look like, and how they may feel. My favorite books about the first day of school are The Night Before Kindergarten and The First Day of Nursery School (it's about a little girl who is nervous the first day of preschool and ends up having a ton of fun).

If they know what is coming and have confidence they will be successful in their new classroom. The transition will be much smoother for the child and the family too. 

End of the year teacher and students HACKS to make the end of the year and back to school less easy! Plus FREE end of the year lists. Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten.

I put out all the activities and manipulates for back to school. It's fun for them to revisit what they did at the beginning of the year. These retelling cards are super easy to make! Just color copy the last two pages of Panda Bear, Panda Bear What do you See?, cut out, glue to card stock, and laminate.

End of the year teacher and students HACKS to make the end of the year and back to school less easy! Plus FREE end of the year lists. Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten.

In the library center the writing table has a family theme just like the first day of school with Family themed vocabulary cards in the black pocket chart and Family writing paper on the table. Go sign up for my newsletter and get the family writing paper and words cards free HERE.

End of the year teacher and students HACKS to make the end of the year and back to school less easy! Plus FREE end of the year lists. Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten.

The pretend center changes back to Home Living! It's amazing to just sit back and observe how much they role play and language has developed in nine months.

Why do I this?  For two simple reasons. One...students most likely haven't played with these materials since back to school so they will think it is something new (well, almost). 

Packing up & more End of the year teacher and students HACKS to make the end of the year and back to school less easy! Plus FREE end of the year lists. Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten.

Two...it makes closing and opening the classroom back up in August easier! All of the themed activities are put away (except for summer which I will talk about later). On the last day we have a teacher workday without students. I make a box for each center. All the manipulatives, props, labels, posters, and printables for that center go in the box. Then in August when I an opening my classroom up again, I just grab the center box and put everything out. It make setting up centers SUPER SIMPLE! I also make one general box for all the items at circle and random things around the room like my visual schedule, job chart clothespins, and safe place items.

End of the year teacher and students HACKS to make the end of the year and back to school less easy! Plus FREE end of the year lists. Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten.

For table time (aka arrival activities), we do math and literacy activities from my Summer Centers pack. Just a little something new a different to keep them engaged and excited the last few weeks.

Memory books and more end of the year teacher and students HACKS to make the end of the year and back to school less easy! Plus FREE end of the year lists. Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten.

 Memory Books! During journal time for the last two weeks of school we write in our Memory Books. It is so much fun to reflect and talk about everything we did this year. We do one page a day and everyone does the same page. Each day I introduce what they are going to journal about and we brainstorm as a class before they journal. 

My younger preschool peeps have Memory Books with no lines at the bottom. All the pre-k kids have Memory Books with lines at the bottom to encourage more writing!

Memory books and more end of the year teacher and students HACKS to make the end of the year and back to school less easy! Plus FREE end of the year lists. Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten.

Instead of signing in each morning the last week, I put out Memory Books for students to sign. I have the books turned to the Autograph page. This ways students only have to sign their names a handful of times each day, not 20+ times all at once. That's a lot to ask of a preschooler.


For circle I read books about each of our centers (blocks, art, discovery, library, and pretend) then we reflect together all about that center. For pretend, we read ABC of Jobs and listed all the places the pretend center changed to then voted on our favorite!

End of the year teacher and students HACKS to make the end of the year and back to school less easy! Plus FREE end of the year lists. Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten.

The last day I read 26 Big Things Small Hands Can Do and we reflect on ALL the things they can do now!  They were calling out so many things that they could do!  Each time someone shared something they can do, other students would share how they can do it too. One student said, "wow I am so smart look at all the stuff I can do now that I am a big kid!"  It was a very loud and exciting circle time!

Clean up & more End of the year teacher and students HACKS to make the end of the year and back to school less easy! Plus FREE end of the year lists. Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten.

Cleaning...ugh. Even though we are always cleaning I make sure everything is cleaned at the end of the year. Just to make sure all the germs, sticky stuff, and who knows what else gets washed off all the things. It also helps them process that the school year is coming to a close and something new will start.

Clean up & more End of the year teacher and students HACKS to make the end of the year and back to school less easy! Plus FREE end of the year lists. Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten.

Students LOVE to help clean! They wash the toys in the sensory table in bubbly water using sponges and toothbrushes. When they clean with toothbrushes, they are strengthening their fingers, wrists, and lower arms too. They LOVE washing the animals from the blocks center and animal math manipulatives. After students have scrubbed the toys, put the them on trays, spray them with bleach water, and let air dry over night.

Summer learning packs plus more End of the year teacher and students HACKS to make the end of the year and back to school less easy! Plus FREE end of the year lists. Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten.

The Monday of the school year I send home their summer packets on BRIGHT colored paper. It includes a math journal (with parent letter on the back cover), summer math activity charts, summer writing journal (with parent letter), and summer reading activity charts. I don't expect students to do all of it but even if they only do some of it, it will keep them learning all summer long. It also gives families simple ideas they can do outside or inside. Families have told me that they do the activity charts when they go to grandma's house! LOVE that!

The trick to send home student work plus more End of the year teacher and students HACKS to make the end of the year and back to school less easy! Plus FREE end of the year lists. Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten.

Students help me take everything down off the walls that they can and take apart class books. All their art projects, journals, name tags, name puzzles, family necklaces, drawing journals, and portfolios go into a plastic tub.

The trick to send home student work plus more End of the year teacher and students HACKS to make the end of the year and back to school less easy! Plus FREE end of the year lists. Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten.

 I make a long line of brown shopping bags and staple name cards (from my library center) to the side of the bags. As an arrival activity, students sort all the student work into each students' bag. 

WARNING: FIRST put their portfolios in the bottom of the bag along with any extra sets of clothing you keep in your classroom so you don't smash any art projects.

The paper bags fir perfectly in their cubby. I stapled their DVD on the bag. I make a DVD for each child with pictures I took over the school year of them! Students were so excited to go home and go through their bag with their families!

FREE end of the year lists plus more End of the year teacher and students HACKS to make the end of the year and back to school less easy! Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten.

The last few weeks of school REFLECT and MAKE A FEW LISTS! Trust me, you will thank yourself later this summer when you can't remember what color glitter you are out of or if you need themed mini erasers when you see them on sale. The classroom inventory list will help you remember what you need and what you don't. Grab these End of the the Year Lists HERE.

Reflect when everything is fresh in your mind so you can relax and take a break this summer! Take the time now to think about the school year and how it went. 
  • What was amazing? What wasn't?
  • What new themes do you want to try next year?
  • What centers do you want to make better?
  • Do you want to create or update the safe place in your classroom?
  • Is there something new you want to implement?
  • Is the classroom management system you have working or do you want to change it? Try Green and Red Choices...it's a GAME CHANGER teacher, I promise :)
  • Is there something you want to learn and research more about?
  • Is there something you want to make for your classroom?
  • Do you want to change your classroom decor?
  • Do you need to redo or update any visuals or classroom posters?
  • Do you want to keep or change the morning or dismissal routine?
  • Do you want to change a classroom routine?
  • Do you want to change the daily schedule?
  • Do you want to try something new?
  • What do you want to keep the same?
  • What do you want to do more of or less of?
FREE end of the year lists plus more End of the year teacher and students HACKS to make the end of the year and back to school less easy! Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten.

Now, when the printers are slow and there isn't a line, print new pages for your Teacher Binder, take out the old pages, and plop in the new pages. It will be so refreshing in August when you have a crisp, new teacher binder waiting for you.

FREE end of the year lists plus more End of the year teacher and students HACKS to make the end of the year and back to school less easy! Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten.

Since the printers are slow (and fingers crossed their is still colored paper left) print out thing you know you will NEED next year. I always print out Reading Logs for the entire year. This way they are ready to go when they calendar changes.

Tons of organizations tips, FREE end of the year lists, & more End of the year teacher and students HACKS to make the end of the year and back to school less easy! Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten.

Organize, organize, organize! Organize everything you can the last few weeks. This is another reason why I put out back to school activities and toys on my shelves....it leaves me everything else to organize and find a home for. This is my office on the last day! SO pretty if only it would stay that way all year long.

Tons of organizations tips, FREE end of the year lists, & more End of the year teacher and students HACKS to make the end of the year and back to school less easy! Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten.

If you look top of the maroon shelf you will see some of my themed center boxes. I LOVE using these Iris scrapbook boxes to store all my themed center printables and small goodies like cookie cutters and sprinkles. I keep most of them at home. This is my stack at my house on top of my book shelves.

I keep all of my dramatic play themes in copy boxes. Those props can be big and bulky so all the dramatic play props, printables, clothing, and anything else specific to that dramatic play theme goes in the box. 

Tons of organizations tips, FREE end of the year lists, & more End of the year teacher and students HACKS to make the end of the year and back to school less easy! Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten.

All my math manipulatives, fine motor, loose parts, mini erasers, and play dough tray things go on these two shelves. I like to use Ziploc's plastic food containers to store them becasue they are clear and they stack nicely. The purple bucket is for lost pieces. You know those pieces you or your students find random places. I just toss them in the bucket then put them in the container later to save time.

Tons of organizations tips, FREE end of the year lists, & more End of the year teacher and students HACKS to make the end of the year and back to school less easy! Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten.

I have two art cabinets and this is what they looked like when they were all pretty an organized. And yes I LOVE to organize and be organized. It is makes my heart happy. 

Tons of organizations tips, FREE end of the year lists, & more End of the year teacher and students HACKS to make the end of the year and back to school less easy! Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten.

Now on the last day all you will have to do (hopefully) is turn paperwork, put lids on tubs, box up each center, wipe down the shelves, and go home. My favorite trick for the last day is to cover any tubs without lids or that are too full to cover with plastic wrap! This will keep all the dust out! 

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8 comments

  1. I love that "Now I Can" chart! Haven't heard of the book you read so I'll check it out. Have a great summer!
    Learning at the Teacher Table

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  2. Wow, you get so much done in the last few weeks of school! Isn't it so fun to see how much they have grown? You do a great job of getting them ready to transition into the next year! I love reading about all the things that happen in your classroom, thanks so much for sharing!

    Warmest Wishes,
    Erin
    www.kinderdragons.blogspot.com

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  3. Do you sell the labels that you used to organize all of your art supplies containers and the Iris containers?

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    1. I'm working on them and hope to have them up this summer in my store :)

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  4. Oh, I am so envious of your organizational skills!! LOVE!!

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  5. I love to be organized, too, but I have no storage area whatsoever to help me be organized. What are the containers that you have art supplies in?

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    1. My art supplies are in plastic Sterilite tubs from Target (shoe box size).

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  6. You are amazing! Thank you for the inspiration!

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