1-2-3 Come Make A Monthly Memory Book With Me
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of my students’ favorite books, so I thought I’d design a memory book as a spin off, not only because it’s a favorite, but because I really think my kiddos creep into my class as shy caterpillars, hungry for knowledge, then flutter away as butterflies at the end of the year, having grown & learned so much.
The Very Hungry Student Memory Book provides an excellent writing activity for your kiddos EACH month.
There are two pages to a template to conserve paper & ink, making this a "just the right size" booklet for little ones to work with.
Why wait 'til the end of the year when you have to try and remember all of the fun things you did, when you can work on this each month.
My students keep their Memory Books in their writing folders.
If you do portfolios, this activity is perfect for that too.
The monthly pages are great for Daily 5 or your writing block.
By doing a Memory Book throughout the year, you should see improvement in students’ writing & coloring, which you can refer to during conferences.
Students work on this a little at a time, instead of a zillion pages all at once at the end of the year.
Because of this, I feel that children are doing a better job putting forth their best effort, and completed projects will make a wonderful keepsake that's truly representative of their growth.
Because everyone teaches different things at different times, I made some extra pages for months like December, so you have additional options.
There’s also a generic set of pages with just the month & clip art that say: “ Things I learned and did…” So if my rhyming commentary doesn't fit what you do, you can slip one of these pages in, picking and choosing the ones that are appropriate for your students.
I’ve included a blank page, 2 autograph page options, a note from the teacher page, and a birthday page, that you can also include in your Monthly Memory Book.
The “favorites” page is another fun writing prompt for your kiddos.
There are also a variety of options for June, as I’ve included pages for PK3, Preschool, Young Fives, Kindergarten, First & Second Grades.
Since most teachers do a self-portrait & take a first day of school photo, there’s also a page for that, so you can keep everything all together.
I made a “my selfie” page for older kiddos. Have your students do these picture pages the first week of school, and then again at the end of the year. All I can say is "Wow!" about their progress.
My Y5's go from a little circle on a stick to a detailed full-body person, with eyes, a nose, mouth, and even clothes. Woo hoo!
There are 52 page options to choose from. I know your kiddos will really enjoy recording their memories. The packet is just $3.95, but to celebrate back to school, I've knocked a dollar off for a limited time.
Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop and for just $2.95 grab: The Very Hungry Student Memory Book.
Looking at the clip art may help them with their creation. I've also included a full, as well as half page additional iPhone selfie page.
I hope your kiddos enjoy drawing a self portrait of themselves and gluing a real "selfie" photograph. Just this page makes a nice keepsake. Click on the link to get your copy. My Selfie Portrait Page.
Well that's it for today. Yesterday was the first day of school here in Michigan and it poured rain. Hopefully, today will not be a repeat dreary morning.
Wishing you a fabulous day, wonderful moments, and the best year yet.
"You're off to great places. Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting so get on your way." - Dr. Seuss
1-2-3 Come Do Some Frog-Themed Craftivities With Me
Woo hoo for some of you lucky duckies who are now basking in the sunshine, enjoying the start of your vacation. For those of you who are still in school for a few more days, or even weeks, boy have I got a super-fun, frog-themed packet for you!
The versatility continues because it includes templates for Pre K4 through 3rd grade, so you can make things specific to your grade level!
Getting students to WANT to write and really enjoy it, is one of my hot buttons. With that in mind, I stuffed the packet with lots of creative writing prompt choices with an adorable frog theme that encompasses "leaping" into summer, a new grade, and a new year in school.
There are 18 writing prompt craftivities in all, with lots of options for both the end of the year, as well as for back-to-school. I enjoy drawing frogs; and had a fun time creating some real cuties. "Ferdinand" is a fat and sassy frog that's a "peek-over".
Run him off on lime green construction paper. Students trim and add colorful details with crayons, then glue him to the top of their "I'm leaping" writing prompt for the end of the year, or choose another topic and use the blank frog pattern, for back-to-school. I've included a "Look Who's Leaping" poster to use in the center of your bulletin board when you display your students' finished projects.
"Fred" is another fun-frog craft. Here the writing prompt is written on his "tongue". You can display Fred with a "flat tongue" or include some great fine-motor practice, and have students curl it, by rolling the paper strip on a crayon.
For that finishing touch, I've included some "flies". There's a "This stuff stuck. Look what I learned!" end-of-the-year pattern, as well as one that says: "I had a delicious summer.This is what I did..." for back-to-school.
Jose' can be done as a whole-group, class-made book, where everyone contributes a "belly page" or as an independent writing prompt, where each child makes their own booklet. The "Before We Go We'd Like You To Know" booklet gives advice to next year's kiddos.
The "Frogtastic Memories" can be turned into a quick, easy and fun end-of-the-year Memory Book, by simply having students write pages about the favorite things that they did in school or during the summer.
There are 5 to choose from, plus a blank one to program with whatever, and a sample for you to share to help explain to your students what you want them to do.
As with "Fred" this too can be done independently, or as a whole-group, class-made booklet. The back-to-school "I'm 'hoppy' to be me" writing prompt is a personal favorite.
I've also included a "We're flipping over leaping into a new grade!" poster that you can use for the center of your bulletin board display.
There's a poster for pre k4 through 3rd grade, plus a blank one to fill in with whatever.
If you've followed me, you know that I like to incorporate things with a play-on-words. It's a fun way to expand horizons and build vocabulary.
Students write about their "ribbiting" summer or "ribbiting" things that they enjoyed during the school year, inside "Rodney's" circular-frog belly.
There's a sampling of some of them in the photo. The "So long school, hello summer" or "So long summer, hello school" worksheets, where the froggy is opening a 3D school door to reveal the writing prompt are especially cute.
There's a similar writing prompt with a different frog, that may be more appealing for older students.
One bulletin board display that's especially adorable, is the frog on a lily pad. I made the water lily flower out of a coffee filter. In the top photo I simply scrunched the filter.
In the bottom picture I folded it into 1/8ths, then folded it one more time, snipping the end to create scallops. When you open it, it looks just like a large flat water lily.
I edged it with a pink watercolor marker, then spritzed it with water so it smudged into the paper. Easy-peasy with awesome results.
You have a nice teachable moment to discuss fractions, while children are following your step-by-step directions and folding their filter. The final writing prompt craftivity features "Fritz". This frog sits on a pail of sand.
I cut an oval out of sandpaper and glued it to the bucket, so that it looks filled! Children write things they'd like to do over the summer. The back-to-school writing prompt option tells what they've done during the summer and what they'd like to do in school.
I realize this "bucket list" idea is all over Pinterest, but I've been doing it way before TpT or Pinterest came into being. Click on the link for my original "Summer Bucket List" FREEBIE. It's in a FREE summer writing prompt packet with 6 other fun "craftivities".
Besides writing prompts, there are lots of end-of-the-year AND back-to-school themed "goodies" stuffed into the packet, with templates for Pre K4 through 3rd grade.
One group features another play-on-words using "toad-ally" for totally, which fits in perfect with my frog/toad theme.
I had fun designing a few writing prompts, as well as goodies using this fun word. There are color, as well as black & white covers for the mini-flip booklets and notes, as well as 2 posters and some labels.
"Brag Bracelets" are another "goodie". They are super-fun to make and wear. I designed one that says: "I'm Leaping!" and another with "Welcome!" on it.
Simply run off the pattern and trim using a paper cutter. Slit a toilet paper roll up the side and cut it into sections, the width of the pattern. Children glue to their "slap bracelet" folding the edges under. It's the perfect size for little ones, and the bent shape keeps it on their arm! When other kiddos ask them about their bracelet, they can "brag" that they made it and are "leaping" into a new grade. Nice little self-esteem builder!
If you're looking for a quick, easy and inexpensive little end-of-the-year, or back-to-school treat to give your students, take a look at my "tiny tags".
These are sweet little notes from the teacher, that you can attach to a "Flavor Ice" Popsicle (They sell them 50 to a pack for only $2.95!).
Putting them on a Fruit Roll Up (sticky frog tongue!) or attaching to a Snack Baggie is also fun. The Dollar Store sells a package of 12 gummi rainbow frogs that would also work.
I've also created a cute, keepsake-photo magnet. Laminate them for durability. The Dollar Store also sells magnet strip. (I'm a frequent shopper there; can ya tell?)
I've also included a variety of bookmarks suitable for the beginning, as well as the end of they year. They come in color, as well as black and white.
One is a writing prompt that students complete (nice bucket-filler activity), while another they color for one of your in-coming students.
My personal favorite is the keepsake photo bookmark, but the foreign language (Hello-Goodbye) ones are also really cute.
Another "goodie" in the packet are the "color-me" certificates for pre K4 through 3rd grade, (there are 4 styles to choose from, or give your kiddos a choice), plus there are 2 word-art frog-shaped posters that I created using Tagxedo.com. I've included my silhouettes, so that your kiddos can also make their own.
Well that about covers this frog-themed packet, which is a whopping 201 pages (!) and on sale now for just $6.95 (regularly $8.95). It took me a zillion hours to finish, but I think it was well worth the time. Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop and let the fun begin.
As always, I try to include a few FREEBIES from the packet as well. You can get the frog-word art posters, the word-art certificates (for pre-K4 through 3rd grade) stars and labels, plus the brag bracelets by clicking on the link: frog-themed end-of-the year mini packet.
To grab the FREE frog back-to-school banners, click on this link. The end pennants come in color as well as black line, and have templates for Pre K4 through 3rd grade. The frog-face pennants spell out "Welcome" and are in black and white, so that your kiddos can color them, taking ownership of helping to decorate their new home-away-from-home classroom.
This year's kiddos can make the banner to welcome your new students in the fall, or the new kids on the block can do it. Either way, it's kid-made and will look awww-dorable. Well that's it! Whew! That's a lot of frog stuff!
I apologize for such a long post. Thanks for hanging in there if you've read to the end. I'm just so excited to share my latest "mess-terpiece". You should see my office; it's a pile of craft supplies and samples...everywhere!
Thanks for visiting today. It's clean up time. Maybe I'll hum the "clean-up song" that my Y5's used to love singing. On second thought, the sun is shining and a warm breeze is beckoning to me to come play. I think I will. Wishing you a delightful day, crammed with creativity.
"For life to get easier, you have to get better." -Billy Cox
1-2-3 Come Stuff a Backpack With Me
Things really seem to fly after Memorial Day, as teachers everywhere are counting down the days to summer. However, some of us have those dreaded snow days to make up, and our districts don’t get out ’til the middle of June!
The packet is very versatile, as it can be used in a variety of ways for the beginning or end of the year, with activities geared towards the very young, as well as older elementary students too.
It’s loaded with plenty of options to choose from: writing prompts that act like a memory book; writing prompts that offer advice for next year’s students, or writing-prompt "clues" that are played as a game. Completed projects make sweet bulletin boards or hallway decorations too.
The Backpack Packet Includes:
An “Our Year Was Packed With Learning & Stuffed With Fun!” class-made book. This writing prompt comes in a full-page size, as well as two-on-a-page, with full-color cover pages for both.
It's a fun writing prompt for the end of the year. Collate and keep to share with your new students in the fall. I've included a completed sample.
The supply-filled backpack option says: ”There’s a whole lot of learning & fun packed into _________________.”
Children fill in their grade level and color the picture. The front flap flips up or over, to reveal the writing prompt. This younger-elementary choice, can be used like a memory book, where children write about their favorite activities, or they could also make this for your new students as well.
Another backpack writing prompt option is the "School was cool, this I know. I’m all packed up and ready to go. Summer’s here. Hi ho! Hi ho!”
It's a good choice for older students. There are 4 flaps to flip and write under, with a summer option, and a memory-book option: ”School is cool and packed with fun! Here’s a peek of what I’ve done” plus a next year student option. I've also included a blank flap template to fill in with whatever.
My personal favorite is the super-cute ”Kindergarten was packed with learning and stuffed with fun” writing prompt “craftivity”. It includes 7, front-panel options for kindergarten through 3rd grade, with a blank one to fill in with a different grade, plus one for summer.
Students add a cap, accordion-folded “legs” and shoes (there are 3-styles to choose from), so that this looks like the back of a child carrying a backpack. The flap flips up to reveal their writing prompt.
I designed this thinking of how adorable my young fives looked on their first day of school. They had brand new backpacks that were so large they made them look like little turtles. One nudge and I'm sure they'd tip over. This memory always made me smile.
”Backpack. Pack on your back. Help us guess what’s in your sack.” is a backpack guessing game that includes this chant on a poster, with another backpack "craftivity" option.
Students draw a picture under the bottom flap and write 3 clues under the top one, describing their hidden picture. They read one clue at a time, pausing for students to guess what they have in their sack for summer or for school.
Finally, there's a mini flip booklet ”There’s a lot of fun and learning packed into __________(grade).” Students write what they learned, enjoyed and a few of their favorite things on 6-page options. I've included covers in color, plus black & white.
These make a quick, easy & fun memory book, or have students contribute a page to make a class book to share with your new class in the fall.
As always, I've also included directions, tips, tricks, photographs and completed samples for each project.
This "Mini Memories" part of the packet is my featured FREEBIE for you! Click on the link to grab it.
If you'd like to see the entire Backpack Packet, click on the link to pop on over to my TpT store. This 48-page unit is on sale for just $3.95. I hope you enjoy it!
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by. Michigan has finally greened up and exploded with flowers. LOVE springtime when it eventually shows up!
Time to go outside and put the finishing touches on my flower garden.
Wishing you a wonderful end-of-the-year. I hope its packed with fun and stuffed with lots of special memories.
"You can't learn from your mistakes, if you keep denying them." -Unknown
This is a super-simple, end-of-the-year writing prompt that makes a quick and easy memory book, or class book you can share with your next year's kiddos.
1-2-3 Come Read An End Of The Year Poem With Me
While doing research for the memory books I created this past week, I came across a farewell poem. I found it on numerous sites and pin boards using various stationery, but all had an unknown author.
I thought it was cute, but didn't quite fit what I had in mind, so I revamped it a bit, and completely changed letters H through Z. I call it ABCDEF Good-bye.
Since quite a few of my visitors teach kindergarten, I designed it with them in mind, and used the adorable clip art from dj inker's Kidoodlez Early Years CD.
Once I had it done though, I thought with a little tweaking, I could make a poem for preschool as well as one for 1st graders, and included color as well as black and white options.
You can simply read the poem on the last day of school, tuck it in a summer packet that you're making to send home, or fill up a little extra time and have students color the black and white copy. This would also make a nice page in a memory book that you may be making.
"To learn and never be filled, is wisdom; to teach and never be weary, is love.” -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Make Something For The Teacher With Me
I know that Teacher Appreciation Day/Week is over. I personally think Hallmark, or whomever thought of this wonderful concept, needs to rethink the time frame.
Let's face it, today's families are operating at the speed of light, with so many activities and things to do, that they can't even write them all in a square on the calendar. Consequently, Teacher Appreciation Day, often slips by without people even being aware of it.
However, parents' minds often turn to thinking of something kind to do for their child's teacher the last week or day of school.
With that in mind, I designed several keepsake gifts that are very heartfelt. If you happen to volunteer in the classroom, you could spearhead making a surprise memory book for the teacher. Since it involves writing, it's certainly educational.
I've included a note home to parents to help expedite things. "Paper love" is something that I always appreciated and have cherished over the years. Click on the link to view/download the Teacher Memory book.
For my sample, I glued the pages in a notebook, but you could mount them on construction paper, laminate, trim and collate into a sweet booklet.
Another option, is a keepsake card. Print the poster and mount it on a large sheet of construction paper.
Send the note home (I've included one for this packet too.) Include a piece of construction paper, so that parents can trace and cut out their child's hand print and help them write a note on it.
They send it back in the envelope provided and you arrange them around the card. Click on the link to view/download the Teacher Appreciation Card.
If you're a teacher reading this, and would enjoy a Memory Book from your kiddos, share the idea with a fellow teacher.
If they like it too, you could swap classes for 15-20 minutes. You make a memory book for them, with her/his students and (s)he makes one for you with your children.
The 1st three pages are in color, as well as black and white. Have students each choose a different color marker to write their name on the "This book was created by" paper, which acts like an autograph page too.
So there's plenty of variety, I've also included 15 different clip art options, for students to choose from to complete their writing prompt page.
There are some for boys and some for girls. All are in black and white so that they can color them.
For that finishing touch, have them glue their school photo and sign their name at the bottom.
The book ends with a special thank you, surrounded by appropriate quotes.
Click on the link to view/download the Teacher Memory Book.
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"A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils." -Ever Garrison
1-2-3 Come Make A T-Shirt With Me
Because it's very versatile, I'm especially excited to post this latest FREEBIE for some end-of-the-year fun.
As I was designing the "T"-'rrific Memory Book packet, I thought, with a few tweaks this can also be used as a self-esteem builder, for your "fill a bucket" activites too.
Students choose a T-shirt and matching cover, sign their name at the top and glue their photo to the pocket.
Children pass their booklet to another child, who writes a compliment (why that person is terrific) and continue passing, 'til everyone has signed everybody's booklet.
If you're looking for a Father's Day activity, or you have grandparent's come visit at the end or beginning of the year, you can fill the blank in with My Dad is "T"-'rrific or use the other blank template for My Grandparents are "T"-'rrific. Students write why they think so on the blank pages.
If you like to have lots of interesting writing practice for back-to-school week, as icebreakers to get to know your new students, use the My Summer was "T"-'rrific template. These would be cute displayed on a clothesline, along a wall and hung up with clothespins!
Any option you choose is pretty easy-breezy. Run the T-shirt pattern and covers off on a variety of colors of construction paper. (Make sure the cover matches the T-shirt so they blend.)
For even more pizzazz, use scrapbook paper! You can also buy a 50-sheet pack of printed paper (they have lots of options like tie dye, rainbow and animal prints, which would also be cool).
Students choose one, trim their pages, collate and staple their booklet to the front of their T-shirt so that it flips open. Adding a school photo gives it that finishing touch.
I'd take a few days to make the memory book. To ensure quality, students can work on 1 or 2 pages each day. (Great for Daily 5)
I've included color templates as well as black and white to save ink, but also because I think it's even more of a keepsake if kiddos do the coloring.
There's a blank template for you to write a note to your students. You can print the templates and write a personal note to each one, or if you're pressed for time, write a generic note to everyone, sign and run off. To make it more personal, write the student's name at the top.
To help you out, I searched for some sweet teacher comments and found a variety of poems by unknown authors. I revamped them a bit and included two options for you to include if you want.
Click on the link to view/download the versatile "T"-'rrific Writing Prompt Craftivity Packet. Thanks for visiting today. Feel free to PIN away.
If you're a frequent visitor to the TeachWithMe blog, you know I like to end with some sort of quote that pertains to the topic.
While surfing I found this sweet one from Winnie The Pooh. Hope you enjoy it too!
1-2-3 Come Make A Memory Booklet With Me!
Since I truly enjoy designing stuff, I like to give all sorts of options to my visitors. Because the Memory Books I've created have been such popular downloads, I thought I'd putz with some more memory-making activities.
I wanted to come up with something a little less involved for teachers who are in a time-crunch, so I used my "flip for facts file folder" idea and designed something that would be perfect for a mini memory booklet.
I call it "These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things..." and even included the first musical bar from the sheet music, for that finishing touch on the template.
I've included templates for preschool through fifth grade, plus a blank one to fill in with whatever. Make a sample to share with your students to help explain what you want them to do.
To save you time, I've included the inside page that I dreamed up, if you want to use it. To expedite things, especially for little ones, pre-cut the folders, so that the templates fit nicely on the page.
A room helper can assist little ones, or send the page home for parents to work one-on-one with their child to fill in and then send back to assemble.
Students glue the "These are a few of my favorite things..." page to the front and then cut on the lines so that each of the 9 sections flip open to reveal their answers.
To add a bit more pizzazz, have students choose a different colored marker/pencil to write each answer. Adding a school photo at the top adds the finishing touch.
I've included an autograph template that students can glue on the back. If you're really pressed for time, have everyone sign one paper and then run off a copy for everybody. (This way you can easily get signatures from the principal, secretaries, librarian etc.)
Click on the link to view/download the Memories Flip Folder.
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"One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things." -Henry Miller
1-2-3 Come Make A Graduation Memory Book With Me
If you teach preschool or kindergarten and your kiddos are graduating, you might enjoy making this adorable Graduation Memory book, that's sure to become a cherished keepsake.
Here's How: Run off the mortarboard (graduation cap) pieces on a variety of colors, or give just 2 school color choices to your students.
They cut and glue together to make the back cover. Another cap makes the front cover.
Students could choose both of your school colors to make their cover. One color for the back and the other one for the front.
To add a bit of 3D pizzazz, poke a hole in the center, insert a brass brad and tie with a yarn tassel.
If you have the budget, there are many companies that you can buy real tassels from that include a year charm.
Choose which master pages you want to include in your booklets; run off the pages on white copy paper and distribute one at a time to them.
Students complete their pages, cut them out, collate in whatever order you want them to, and then add their cover.
Make sure you make a sample and then display each page on the board in the order you want them to assemble them.
Staple the pages together at the top point, so the booklet flips up.
To expedite things, for the "classmate" autograph page, have each student sign one page the day before, and then run it off.
Do the same thing with the "special" autograph page, by having the principal, secretary, librarian etc. sign one page.
For the "High five's!" page, you can paint your students' hand and then press it on their page, or have a room helper trace their hand on a sheet of construction paper and cut them out, so students can glue it to their page or have students choose a partner and have them trace each other's hand. When they are done, they can color their print.
I think the self-portrait page, as well as including a graduation photograph, will make this booklet even more special.
The last page is a short graduation poem, that was inspired by over a dozen others, that I found while Pinning away.
I hope you enjoy my version, and have as much fun making these memory books, as I did designing them. I wish you a wonderful graduation day.
Click on the link to view/download the Kindergarten/Preschool Graduation Memory Booklet.
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"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young." -Henry Ford
1-2-3 Make a Memory Book With Me.
I LOVE owls and that cute little saying: "Owl" miss... (you fill in what) so I designed an end-of-the-school-year packet with an owl theme using that play on words.
I'm posting this a bit early, as there is so much to get done towards the end of the school year, that May was always the month that flew the fastest for me. If you've been contemplating making some sort of memory booklet, hopefully this will help you out.
The packet includes several writing prompts for students to write about what they'll miss.
Run off the cover and student page. Children complete the thought: "Owl" miss... and then illustrate their page.
Collect and collate the pages and bind them into a class book.
When you share the completed story with your students, have each child read their own page.
Make a copy of your school composite and give each child an oval of themselves to glue on the tummy of the owl.
I've also included a note from the teacher if you're looking for just a little something. Tuck it in their backpacks for them to discover when they get home. You can add slits to the page and insert a lollipop if you want.
"I learned a lot of knOWLedge this year. Here's a list of my favorites:" is a simple and quick writing prompt bookmark students can color. This too makes a nice keepsake, and works well for a Daily 5 activity.
There's also a class memory booklet, complete with autograph page, where friends can sign their name on the owl's tummy.
The beauty of this, is that students can work on their memory book writing prompts for several days, finally finishing the last week of school. It's a great "something to do" while you get one-on-one assessing done with your students.
I don't know about your state, but Michigan had the worst winter on record and schools all over have quite a few snow days to make up. My grandsons' last day is June 19th. Having some copy-ready activities to do can help save your sanity.
You can make their memory book even more special, by taking a last week of school photo of each child doing their favorite subject, activity, or at play during recess; and then have them include it somewhere in their booklet.
Click on the link to view/download the Owl Miss School Packet
To take a look at another FREE end-of-the-year memory book click on the link. I've included a cover page for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade and a generic one to fill in something else.
If you run out of time, you can always send the booklet home for a parent to help their child fill out, especially if they complain: "I'm bored!"
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If you teach preschool or kindergarten and are looking for a graduation memory book FREEBIE, scroll down to the next article to take a look.
"A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings becasue it has a song." -Lou Holtz