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The Summer Send Off: Gifts, Books & Freebies

Happy Friday friends!  :)  I finally got this post together (you know, a week after I actually sent my kiddos off... but better late than never, right?)

The kiddos LOVED their beach buckets!  Inside the buckets I put my Surfing Through Summer pack, a deck of cards, bubbles, crayons and envelopes (with one envelope already addressed to me).  My kiddos were so excited for their summer stationery that they just couldn't wait to write to me, even though I said to wait until they did something fun this summer.  One of my cuties wrote to me within an hour of getting home!

Letter-writing is definitely one of my favorite ways for the kinders to practice their writing skills.  It's authentic, meaningful and fun!  I've uploaded the summer stationery to my Facebook Fans Only tab- come check it out!

The kinders also got to take home one of their favorite class books.  Again, I'm all about authentic writing, so we have been some busy book-making bees this year!  I really wanted to make sure everyone got a book they liked, so here's what we did:
  1. Put a sticky note on each book.
  2. For morning sign in, each student wrote their name on the top 3 books they wanted.
  3. Using the process of elimination, I made sure everyone got a book they signed up for.  (So, for example, there were a few books with only one name on them.  I sent those books home with those students and then crossed their names off the other lists).

It was a long but worthwhile process!  I know some teachers take the books apart and send home each child's work, but I really wanted to keep the books together.

My class loved writing and reading their class books all year long- they were definitely the bestsellers in our classroom library!  I've been working on compiling my resources this year and getting ready for next, and I'm excited to announce my new creations...

These packs are LOADED with class books for nearly every subject imaginable throughout the year!  They come with...

You can grab both packs in a bundle for only $10- that's 30% off!  Best of all, these books can easily be adapted for Kindergarten or Pre-K (which is important because I'll be heading back down next year).

Happy Friday friends!  I hope you're all enjoying your well-earned summer vacation!


  1. Cute end of the year gift---love the idea of the envelope addressed to you!!! :)

    Mrs. Thigpen's Kindergarten

    1. Thanks Nicki! I thought it'd be a great way for them to practice their skills and help me not miss them so much. :)


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