This time of year, backpacks are getting heavy. Masks are getting tight. Patience is wearing thin. The end of the school year is upon us and so is the end of what feels like the craziest one in history! As the school year comes to a close, most of us simply want to fast-forward through the days until we see the glorious summer sun.
However, after a school year like the one we’ve had, we owe it to our kids to finish the year strong. To teach our kids the importance of ending the school year well, there are a few things we can do to make the most of the year we’ve had.
One of the greatest ways for your child to process the ups and downs of this year is through reflection. This will not only help them sort out any unaddressed emotions but will also help them grow.
A canvas hangs behind my classroom desk with a quote that says, “Children only have one childhood.” I put it there to remind myself that proficiency is not the most important thing in my class. And it shouldn’t be the most important thing about this school year either.
In a time when gaps in learning is all anyone can talk about, let’s choose to remember our kids’ childhood. One that they’re living in a pandemic. While there will be dozens of opportunities for your child to grasp the academic content, the time for making memories in this school year is soon ending. Don’t let the threat of proficiency devour your sense of time with your kid as the school year comes to a close.
To maximize on memories in the last few weeks of the school year, try out some of these fun end-of-year activities:
Never before has your child’s teacher longed for a “thank you” more than this year! While everyone has a different love language, most teachers just want to feel recognized and appreciated for their hard work. Kids can do this through a personalized note sharing a special memory from the year, a thoughtful gift, or a yummy treat.
One creative way to say thanks is to attach these awesome Teacher Tags to the gift! They will add a special touch to any gift for your child’s hardworking teacher. Regardless of the gift, the important thing is to show your sincere appreciation.
Parents, after a school year like this, I know how tempting it can be to rush through its final days. But to finish the year strongly, we must slow it down by remaining fully in the present moment. In an instant, these days will be behind us, and our kids will be in the next grade. But for now . . . remember how precious these final days are and know that the school year is almost finished.
Let’s end it well!
Original post found at Parent Cue
Rebecca is a writer, blogger, and elementary school teacher from the Metro-Atlanta area.