I always check out your website to see what school themes you do each year, and I have copied a few of them for my First Grade. I have been having an Open Mic Night for Poetry for 12 years now. I was excited to see your ideas, but here are a few of my own. I have the children make tie-dye shirts, and decorate the room with psychedelic colors, flowers, peace signs, etc. They are asked to wear jeans to school, and their gym shirts. They accessorize in school and put their shirts on. I usually have my CoffeeHouse on one of the last days of the year. If a child has a summer birthday, they are allowed to bring in treats (aka baked goods), while I supply coffee and juice. It is a nice way to celebrate summer birthdays when the families can sing along to our crazy birthday songs. I always have a fellow teacher videotape the event, and give out copies to each child as an end-of-year gift. Usually we are winding down for the year, so this does not disrupt teaching time, and is a highlight for my First graders each year.
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