Wrapping up the year...literally!

2 more weeks, 2 more weeks...
but with so much to do!

My kinders have been hard at work practicing for next week's graduation.  We had an artist from a local pottery store in the other day so that the students could paint an adorable plate as a keepsake from this year.

My daughter - who will be 4 this August - attends a preschool program 3 days a week.  It's her last day tomorrow!  Already!
Where has this year gone?
I am in the midst of wrapping up the gifts for her teacher and teacher aides.
When I saw this basket online I knew it was a must!
I think the personalized name is adorable!
I try to give gifts that I know I would love (and use) too!

There are 2 teacher aide's in the class.  I wrapped up a mug with a Starbucks gift card inside - hey, which teacher doesn't like Starbucks?

My daughter had such a fabulous experience this year, especially because she is so proud that she is reading - yes, READING! - that we went together this weekend to Chapters and picked this adorable book for the class.
Have you read it?  I love all of Lois Ehlert's books.

And since there are only a couple of weeks left, the teachers are busy at our school trying to put together class lists for next year.  I don't know yet who will be in my class but I am starting to prepare some things to ease the workload in August (and besides, we are off to Jamaica in August, who wants to do a lot of work then?).

I thought I would share the cover pages to the Journal, Writer's Workshop Folder and Religion Journal with you.
(I teach in a Catholic school and we have a great religion program).
I glue these onto 11x17 workbooks.

Click on the pictures to download.

Sorry for the short post.  I'm off to wrap up these gifts before I call it quits for the night - I'm beat!

Next up...graduation and more about Writer's Workshop time and Journal writing as per your e-mails!!!


  1. Hi Alessia,
    Would you mind sharing which Religion program you use? I also work in a Catholic schoo', outside of Toronto and was just curious. Thanks so much for your blog and all that you share!

    1. Hi! I use In God's Image - it's from our Board but I love it! It comes with a CD that has songs we use all year round - we are even using one for our upcoming Graduation. There is another program I use too, not religious but ties in nicely, called Second Steps...it's got great ideas to develop community building.

    2. Thanks Alessia - That is the same program I use! I love the CD as well and used it for our Kindergarten celebration this year as well!

  2. Great journal covers! Thank you for sharing. Your gifts looked fantastic.

  3. I love the basket! Where did you get it? I have seen them, but they weren't personalized. Cute!


    Kindergarten is the Best

  4. I can relate to the year ending quickly. My little girl is finishing pre-k this year. They grow up fast! I love the basket. Cute!
    ✿April ✿
    Grade School Giggles

  5. I know?!!? Where does the time go? My little girl will be going into pre-K next year & I still find it hard to believe! That's a cute gift! :)

    Learning Is Something to Treasure


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