We are down to two weeks left of school and I was thinking about starting to write an end of the year letter to the parents. I want to include some things that they should work on with their children over the summer (reading is the number one thing). Is anybody willing to share some of their end of the year letters that they have done? I just don't know where to start! Thanks so much!
We have compiled a summer workbook for each student. Activities include:
calendars for summer months with an activity for each day, list of sight words learned in first grade so they can practice during the summer, sight word phrases, math skills leaned during the year with examples for parents to use. I am also going to include a list of some books that students might enjoy reading. Hope this helps.
I am also looking for more of the "dear parents" type letter as well. I am not planning on sending a work packet with them, but just some things that they can work on with their child throughout the summer (i.e. reading to and with your child everyday, encourage your child to write in a journal, write letters to people, etc.).
Well, this is it! Here we are at the last day and a half of school for your kindergartner! It seems like just yesterday when you were dropping them off for the first time!
Over the summer vacation, I strongly encourage you to read to your child every day, practice handwriting in both upper and lower case, and practice countingóboth orally and in writing, and to review the sight words that we have been working on all year.Doing one or two of these activities each day over the summer vacation will help to keep your childís skills sharp.
The Wilmington Library will have its Summer Reading Program. Itís a great way to keep your child reading. Also, try to visit museums and zoos, too. They can be lots of fun and you get to sneak in some learning too! Summer vacation is too long of a time to go without any study time! (Statistics show that children who do not study at all over the summer vacation, can lose about 80% of what they have learned over the course of the school year!) Please do not let that happen to your child.
Thank you for being such good parents to your children! It has been a pleasure working with you and I have enjoyed teaching each and every one of your children! May God bless and watch over you and your children this summer and always.
I vary my summer suggestions depending on my class. Some years I send a copy of the activity book Set Sail for Summer Grade 1 Review Carson-Dellosa Publishing Company, Inc. (Copyright permission is given to the teacher to make copies if they purchase a copy.)
Other years, I send the following letter:
Dear Parents, Summer vacation is almost here! To keep skills strong and learning fresh, try some of the following ideas...
Join the San Antonio Public Library summer reading program.
Read every day...this summer would be a great time to choose a chapter book and read aloud each evening as a family.
Keep a vacation journal if you travel this summer. Ask your child to write about and illustrate a journal page for each day of your vacation.
Bake cookies together (great way to practice reading and math skills!)
Start a collection...baseball cards, bugs, dolls, coins, marbles, etc. Check out a book from the library to learn more about your collection.
Practice addition and subtraction facts using fact cards
Write a letter to Mrs. Miller to tell her what you are doing over the the summer.
Have a family game night on Friday and play board games and eat pizza.
Parents love getting this letter. I print it on fancy paper and send it home at the emd of the year.
I’ve worked with your flower
And helped it to grow.
I’m returning it now,
But I want you to know--
This flower is precious,
As dear as can be.
Love it, take care of it,
And you will see--
A bright new bloom
It grew and blossomed
In such a wonderful way.
In September, just a bud,
January a bloom.
What a lovely blossom
I’m returning in June.
Remember this flower
As dear as can be
Though rightfully yours--
Part will always belong to me.
I think I might have found this letter on this site a few years ago.
I give you back your child, the same child you confidently entrusted to my care last fall. I give him back pounds heavier, inches taller, months wiser, more responsible, and more mature then he was then.
Although he would have attained his growth in spite of me, it has been my pleasure and privilege to watch his personality unfold day by day and marvel at this splendid miracle of development.
I give him back reluctantly, for having spent nine months together in the narrow confines of a crowded classroom, we have grown close, have become a part of each other, and we shall always retain a little of each other.
Ten years from now if we met on the street, your child and I, a light will shine to our eyes, a smile to our lips, and we shall feel the bond of understanding once more, this bond we feel today.
We have lived, loved, laughed, played, studied, learned, and enriched our lives together this year. I wish it could go on indefinitely, but give him back I must. Take care of him, for he is precious.
Remember that I shall always be interested in your child and his destiny, wherever he goes, whatever he does, whoever he becomes. His joys and sorrows Iíll be happy to share.
I shall always be his friend.