Sunday, June 9, 2013

End of Year Celebration!

We may have over 2 weeks left, but we still celebrated the end of the school year with families this week.  We invited all the parents and siblings to attend this day of events with us, and we had a pretty great turn out.  We started out our day with a Double Decker Tour of our city.  As I have talked about in previous posts, I got a donorschoose grant for this trip.  So many of my kids have not had the chance to really explore the city they have lived in their whole lives.  We prepared for this by doing mini research projects on different places in our city.  The kids also did presentations on these projects (check out the visuals we used for "presentation behavior" here
Working on these projects felt like a hassle at the time because it was such a challenge for the kids, and I had never really done an activity like this with my current group of students.  However, it was TOTALLY WORTH IT!  When we got on the bus, my kids were superstars.  When they saw landmarks, they shouted out the names of them in the most excited voices.  When we started this unit on our city, my kids couldn't name one thing besides "taxis," "trains," and "buildings," so this was HUGE!.  I was so proud of them, and felt like it was a great skill for the kids to show off to their parents.  When we saw the SEARS Tower, one of my students squealed eagerly, "Look's the SERIOUS Tower."  So cute!  The only downside of the trip, was that it rained the ENTIRE time we were on the bus.  And, of course, as soon as we got off the bus (3 hours later), the sun came out and it turned into a beautiful day!

Once we were back at school, we had a pizza party lunch.  We were lucky enough to have lots of volunteers from my coworker's family come to help out....and it was so great.  They helped serve food to the families and her aunt even brought her guitar and sang some great songs.  She makes songs up as she goes and uses the kid's names.  I was so choked up watching my kids' faces light up when their name was mentioned.  They were up and dancing like no one's business.  Seriously, one of the best moments of my year!

We also handed out scrapbooks and awards.  Our awards consist of "Class clown," "Most improved," "Best Dressed," "Most Social," etc.  The parents (as well as the kids) love this part of the day.  I even saw one mom taking pictures of her son's scrapbook to send to her own mom.  Moments like these make the hours put into the scrapbooks 100% worth it.  I seriously had the best day...I am so lucky to such a rewarding job that I love!


  1. I just stumbled onto your blog from Pinterest. I feel like I just found a gold mine! I am a self contained teacher in a "regular" public high school in North Carolina. I have a mix of students ranging from ID- severe to Autistic. I tend to operate the room on the notion that they're all a little autistic. You have so many wonderful ideas! and I am so excited to work on these over the summer.
    Thank you so much for your wonderful blog!
    I am so jealous of your end of the year celebration! What a fantastic idea! We are located in a small town, but there is still cool stuff in our downtown that we would enjoy.

    Have a great summer! Thanks again!!

    1. So glad you found me! Hope you have a great summer as well!