Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Memory Lane

He's back!!! Our elf Zippy returned one last time to wish my kiddos good luck in first grade. They were soooo excited to see him! A few even thought he grew since his last visit! ; )  Zippy showed up right before we began taking our little trip down memory lane in my class.   He couldn't miss out on all the fun!   Like many other Kindergartens my class created a memory book to help them reflect on their year in Kindergarten. Years ago I used to focus on making really "cute" memory books that required me to spend hours assembling. The end result was adorable but really it was more of a collection of my memories from the year and not so much those of my students. Plus, it left me frazzled and a bit crabby stressed until they were finished. Now I choose to enjoy the last few days with my students in a much calmer way. Throughout the year I collect a few work samples to assemble in a simple portfolio. It always includes a first day of Kindergarten photo and a first day of Kindergarten self portrait. We usually include drawings of the students families and special school events throughout the year. Towards the end of the year the students begin choosing their own writing samples they would like to include in "their special folder."  Once their collection is complete we begin our memory pages. Our technology teacher always creates a slide show for our Kindergarten parents that showcases the highlights from the year. My class LOVED watching this and it sparked lots of conversations about all of the fun we've had this year! We began by making a list of our memories starting in the Fall. The kids began rattling off things they remembered from the beginning of the year. It was so cute to see their faces when someone mentioned a memory they may had forgotten! One memory that kept popping up was the visits from Zippy! So needless to say I was very happy he chose to visit them one last time.  

So instead of making a memory book on it's own I include their memory pages at the end of their portfolios. Once I started this I loved it. It gives an "ending" to their portfolio. You could make the pages very cutesy of course but I've chosen just to keep them simple and focus on the brainstorming and writing with my students instead.  I love to see what they have to say about the year! We not only discuss special events from the year, but their favorite centers and recess games as well. Here's a few of my favorites that my students recently completed:

"My classroom is big. Our classroom number is 144. The classroom is white and we have a lot of popcorn words."
"My classroom was big. Theres tables in the centers. My teacher is awesome. I like centers."
My personal favorites are always the center pages. I love to see which centers were their favorites!  I am really going to miss this class! They are a very special group and I loved going down memory   lane with them.  I can't wait to see them again next year!
                                                                 Mrs. M

1 comment:

  1. Aww that's sweet. I loved to see what your kids wrote as their favorite memories. Loved the one about playing vampires lol!

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