How can this school year be over already? I am pretty certain I still have back to school flyers sitting on my desk. Yet, here we are, another year wrapping up another year at warp speed. Last band concert. End of the year picnic. Open house. Backpack full of evidence that the school year did indeed take place. The school has so many end of the year traditions, I couldn’t help but add a school year tradition of my own.
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One of my favorite favorite end the year traditions is digging out the Dr. Seuss books I bought when my oldest was in second grade. They were in 2nd grade, kindergarten and just entering preschool when I bought them. This year I handed the books off to their teachers and now have signatures and messages from 10th, 8th and 4th grade teachers.
Oh, the Places You’ll Go
The idea is pretty simple & certain I saw it first on Pinterest but won’t be able to give credit to who gave me the idea – but kudos to the mom (or dad) who thought this up! I bought the Dr. Seuss book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” for each boy. At the end of each year I place it in a large envelope with a message on the outside for the school asking kindly that they pass the book around to all teachers. There is a quick paragraph asking & thanking teachers for putting up with said son for the year and to sign a message anywhere in the book. I usually list all the teachers so that they can check off who has signed the book. I even include coaches for any sport seasons they do. So far I have a 100% success rate each year! High school was a bit different – bigger school, more teachers. For them I do email the teachers prior to dropping off the book at the front office – and have been met with only positive feedback!
I will admit, I have forgotten to do this. Last year was the first year that I had all three boys at three different schools. It was a bit of a challenge (understatement) to manage all three schedules. I didn’t realize it until the start of the next school year that I had forgotten to do it. I was mortified. Instead of admitting defeat, I typed up my note and explained what I had been doing & how I forgot to send the book around in June. By the end of August I had the book caught up and ready to go for this year. Phew!
It is never too late to start. Maybe just focus on the middle school or high school years. Capture those grade school memories midway through your time there (and hunt down a few past teachers if you can!). I know the boys roll their eyes sometimes when I break out the book at the end of the year…but I have also seen then flipping through the pages seeing what their teachers wrote & spot smiles on their faces. Educators make a difference in our child’s lives. This is one way to show not only our kids who impacted their school days, but also to show the teachers that we felt they made a difference in their lives.