At the end of every year, I like to have a party to celebrate the accomplishments of the children I have come to know. This is a time for the families to meet each other and for the kids to show off. I try to find something special to give to the children that are going on to Kindergarten. This year I decided to go with my old standby; Oh, The Places you will Go by Dr. Seuss. It's something they will get constant use from,with a message that even as an adult I can look too for inspiration.
For the preschool age group I wanted to give a book they could read with their parents so Pete the Cat Scuba Cat by James Dean was the choice. Throughout the short year the children have had several favorite books and the character Pete the Cat, was the most requested book. Target's dollar bins were filled with Dr. Seuss products that I could use to fill the bags. Pencils, bookmarks, and counting puzzles. Easy and affordable gift bags for each student that will make them feel special about the start or end of the school year.
I opened my preschool back up here in California in January. The time has flown and I didn't really have time to put a marker on the end of the year and the beginning of the year. So that is where the Hello/Goodbye Party was born. I have new children coming to my classroom and a couple of students entering Kindergarten. I decided that we should have a party for the families so that they could meet each other and we could have one last hurrah with the students that are leaving.
For the parents I was quickly scanning Pinterest (which is how I need to look at it so I do not get sucked down the rabbit hole) and I found a blog with the cutest idea for parents! Ms. Twist's Classroom had the most fab idea of creating a survival kit with a lovely note on the inside for the parents. You can find the note contents in the link above on Ms. Twist's website. Basically the Mason Jars have tissues, cotton balls, Hersey kisses and tea inside of them. It is another quick affordable gift for the parents and can be given to the outgoing Kindergarten Parents and to the incoming preschool parents.
I was so excited to get this all done and it happened so quickly! The thing that actually took the longest was updating the blog. Can you believe I have not figured out how wireless uploading of my pictures works? My husband can, but he's mean and offered no actual help in the matter.
Tomorrow is our party and I can not wait to give out the gifts and watch the children play and get to know each other. I may actually risk frustration with uploading pictures so that I can show you guys how the party went! Until next time!