My classroom is still progressing at this stage - I am still at the cleaning and re-organising phase, but that has to get done this afternoon! Before I pop into school, I thought I would share a great idea I have done for a few years - a Time Capsule!
Firstly, children work through this booklet, it is a great beginning of the year activity to help you to get to know your children a little better, as well as forces the children to reflect on themselves.
Then take a picture of each student and measure their height. I like to use paper streamers (not the stretchy kind) that I found at my local party store. Paper streamers are easy to rip and the children can write their name on their streamer.
Then put it all together in an envelope, then into a box and seal.
My favourite part of this activity is the last day of school (mind you, my class last year wanted to open it many times throughout the year and I got regular reminders, including emails from parents, about not forgetting to do it). When you open the time capsule, children love reading what they wrote at the start of the year - discussing how things have change, then seeing how much they have grown. I am going to do it with Prep (Kindergarten) again this year, by altering the task. Last year, one student couldn't believe how sad he looked in his picture at the start of the year - it was nice to have that quiet reflection with him.
You can get more information and download the pack here.