You’ve spent months working with your students, but in just a matter of days, you’ll be sending them off for summer vacation. As you finish the year, consider doing a few special, unexpected activities. You’ll remind them of all the things they have learned throughout the year and have a little fun at the same time!

  1. Let the kids teach. Your students have watched you teach all year. Depending on the levels and abilities of your students, let them teach a lesson to the class. Split the kids into small groups and give them different parts of the lesson to prepare and teach.
  2. Let them write the test. After teaching a lesson, ask the students to create a test based on the material they’ve learned.
  3. Go outside. As the weather warms up, consider doing some of your lessons outside. Create a nature lesson, do math facts with sidewalk chalk, act out Bible lessons under a tree, have silent reading time on the playground, or hold story time in the grass.
  4. Write resolution letters. Ask your students to think back on the year—what things went smoothly and what things do they wish would’ve gone better? Have the children write letters to themselves. They can praise their good habits and achievements. They can also write about things they’d like to change for next year. Encourage them to think about study habits, behaviors, friendships, and social skills.
  5. Write letters to future students. Have your students write letters to next year’s students. Ask them to include things that they learned, activities they’ve enjoyed, fun memories they have, and advice about being in your class.
  6. Repeat a lesson. Think back over the year. Which lesson, story, or activity was the most interesting for your class? Repeat that lesson and spend more time on the fun activities.
  7. Create a class scrapbook or video yearbook. Again, depending on the levels and abilities of your students, let them take the lead on a yearbook project. When the project is complete, set up a way for the students to share it with others, possibly the congregation or school families. Also make copies of the project so they can remember this year long into the future.

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