Today we had our End of the Year Picnic! This is basically our class and one other class (the 3 year old class where my students for next year come from) gathering out on the grass on blankets and eating sack lunches. It’s extremely simple – yet something I look forward to each year! The other teacher and I got together a couple years ago and decided to make this a tradition! We invite the parents to join us – my class had 4 parents come and the other class had about 6 parents come. We thought this was a good turn out seeing as we only gave them a week’s notice! 🙂 After our lunch we let the children run around and play on the grass – a rare, but intensely enjoyed treat!
Before the picnic my class got to enjoy another fun tradition I always do at the end of the year – confetti! I love confetti – and so do the children! What I do is cut up construction paper into small confetti size squares – enough so that each child can have two handfuls. After each child has taken their two handfuls we do a countdown and the children get to throw it up in the air! Then they gather up some more off the floor and continue throwing it up all while laughing, giggling, shrieking, clapping, and jumping from excitement! Every year the children get a kick out of doing this and every year I get tons of joy out of watching them! This will keep their attention for quite some time – it’s really amazing! Of course, this all takes place inside our classroom and at the end of it all the children get to pick up all the little pieces of confetti scattered across the floor – and I’ve never had a child complain about doing this (maybe it’s because I warn them before if they want to have all the fun they have to help clean up the mess).
It was a fun-filled, joyful day. Next Wednesday we will have our graduation and sing our songs to the parents. Then school will be officially “out” for the summer. We don’t get summers off – we are open year round and most of my children should still attend at least part time so I will still see them – but I will miss the ones who leave and I wish them the best.