Years ago, when my oldest was just a toddler, I read about an end of the school year tradition I knew I wanted to try. I wish I could credit the original source, but I don’t remember where the idea originated – just that I loved it and couldn’t wait to use it with my own family.
Since we keep our kids home for preschool, our daughter’s year in kindergarten was our first official school year. We loved beginning this tradition!
Here it is:
On the last day of school (or in the days following), the entire family goes out to eat. After dinner, each child who has completed a year in school receives a new book reflecting her special interests. Inside the book, Mom and Dad each write a special message about their child and all her accomplishments in that year.
Our family doesn’t go out to each much. We have four small kids (ages 6,4,3,1) and one income. So you can bet our kids were excited when we picked up our daughter and surprised her with the announcement that we were going to a local kids’ pizza place.
The kids had fun eating from the lunch buffet. I enjoyed the fact that I didn’t have to make a meal or clean up!
As for the food’s quality, well — I don’t think the kids noticed that it wasn’t exactly high quality fare. (Except for the macaroni and cheese. Fake cheese tastes funny.)
My One enjoyed his first processed chicken nuggets. (He’s my fourth. I can deal.)
Thankfully they had a beautiful salad bar and lots of delicious pizza!
The kids had fun with the train room, water table, and indoor playset. I also love that they enjoy all the little kid rides even without depositing the quarters. 🙂
After the meal, we presented my daughter with this book:
Since she loves fairy tales and nursery rhymes, I bought this collection. It’s not too hard for her to read by herself, but challenging enough that she’ll enjoy it for years.
Inside, my husband wrote a collection of memories from the year. I wrote this:
I can’ t wait to continue this end of the school year tradition next year!
Does your family have any traditions for the end of the year?
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