I asked for suggestions in my last family survey (I do these monthly) for things families might like to see included. Some suggestions were: science experiments, math games, books and questions to ask, writing paper. I set to work gathering materials.
|I packed everything in these gift bags that I found 5 for $2. I added a little tag so I knew who each bag belonged to.|
My first stop was our computer lab which doubles as our book room around the perimeter. There are a few boxes of books in there that were "discards" from an old reading series or two. The directions on the box said to use as prizes or giveaways for students. I considered this a prize: you made it through kindergarten and have the opportunity to read over the summer. These books were too easy for my highest kids, so I took enough to give my other kiddos 2 books per month over the summer (6 books each in total). For my higher kids, I ordered appropriate texts from Scholastic using my bonus points.
|This is 1 month of activities for a student. Tan are science experiments and purple are math games.|
Finally, I added some writing paper, a box of crayons, a mechanical pencil, 2 dice and some counters.
Once I had everything gathered, I set up a little assembly line around a table to make the bags for each student. Their bag "name tags" are spread out on a table behind the table I took a picture of. I then lined the completed bags up along the back wall of our room. I did these the day before our last day so they weren't stored in an assembled form too long.
|You can see the pile of books, envelopes for each month (they are already stuffed) and the various other materials for their bags.|