Today was my first Monday of summer vacation! Woo Hoo!
Is there anything better than a Sunday night and a Monday morning during the summer? I don't think so.
But I went in to school to do a little packing and cleaning and I was sad. :(
I missed my bug-a-boos. It just felt sad and lonely and way, way, way, too quiet!
This class, with all their quirks, was one of the best and I will so miss them.
For end of the year gifts for the kids, we brainstormed words that went with our class . . . nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc. It was a great (and quite sneaky) review if I do say so myself. Then I typed up the list of words (and added a few of my own) in a Tagxedo which is basically a Wordle in a shape. So cool! (You can even upload your own shape. . . very very cool!)
I really wanted a bee shape for my bee theme but the shapes I uploaded just lost something in creation. (A simple shape is much better, take my word for it.) So I finally decided on a cross since I teach at a Catholic school and second grade is THE year for all the big sacraments.
Anyway, I think they turned out fabulous! I added a quote by Dr. Seuss at the bottom. You know the one about not being sad because it ended but happy it happened. I love that quote!
(BTW, when you download the Tagxedo image, it has that purple frame around it. But you can just crop that off and voila! Beaut-a-mus!)
Then I printed them all off for each child (in color of course!) and each child in the class autographed the matte that went around each one. (We had someone donate a box of picture mattes to our school. So more free!) I left the framing up to the parents because of the expense but you could get frames at the Dollar Store. I didn't see any that appealed to me and of course it was last minute. HA! And this way the frame can match their decor.
I've already heard from a few parents who loved and appreciated this little keepsake.
This is definitely a keeper for next year.