End of the year blues?

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  1. teacherR

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    I teach preschool from September to May and I find that at the end of the year I suffer from end of the year blues. I hate when the kids leave knowing that most of them will move on and go to kinder. I don't like planning end of the year parties or graduation because I would rather not think about it. It makes me wonder, do you get the end of the year blues or are you happy to see another year over? Do you keep in touch with students from the past?
     
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    teacherR - Sounds like your kids are lucky to have you because you really care. Yes, you are undergoing a natural process of letting go - it gets easier as your career goes on, but I find the last week hard even after all these years. Keep on caring - and yes, I get visitors every year which I treasure. I give parents my email address and contact information and tell them to keep in contact - that I want to know how they are doing. I also ask them to think of me when their kids have outgrown old toys and books.
     
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    I'm counting down the days until my older kids leave for Kindergarten. I can't wait until the end of the school year.

    I say leave, leave, leave, go, go, go!!!!
     
  5. teacherR

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    Lol mrgrinch09! It is funny because I have been working with kids for over a decade and still get sad when they leave my class. Well, not all of them but most of them. There is always that 1%!! It makes me think that I may never get over the end of the year blues.
     
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    I feel sad too. As a first year teacher I think this is normal. I feel like I will get jealous of their teacher next year....when my kids are all smiling and happy with them. Makes me so sad.
     
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    I will probably tear up a little, but will be excited for the children for the adventures that await them.
     
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    I'm always a little sad to see my kids go and cry a little, but remember, you will have another group next year and will get just as attached to them. Start planning for next year and thinking about all the great things you want to do then instead of only focusing on the end of this year.
     
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    I teach K and am starting to feel very sad... this is my first year in K (previously taught 2nd) and they are just tugging at my heartstrings so much... we have 18 more school days together (yes, I'm counting) and I'm not looking forward to the end.
     
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    I just wrote one of my last newsletters -- and I got a little teary. I have had a pretty wonderful year and, while I am SO ready for summer break, I will be a bit sad for the year to end.

    We have a Passing of the Light Celebration on the last day of school and I know I'll cry then. I'll talk about the special gift each child will take on to his or her next class. Tears will flow! And then I will clear out!
     
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    It is a bittersweet feeling... I am sad to see them go, but I'm more sad that this time of their life is over. Pre-K to me is always the last step before children really start the road to Adulthood... the last year where they really can just goof off and be free. Not to say that older kids can't be that way, but they have so much more responsibility and accountability than younger children.

    What I do to help the transition for myself is the Rainbow Connection show at graduation. I play the song (the version song by The Carpenters is my favorite) and I put up a large sheet of white butcher paper at the front of the room, with small cups of paint next to it. My kids line up at the back of the room and as the song plays, I escort them one by one to the front to paint one arch of the rainbow. Then I take a picture of me with the kids in front of the rainbow and put it in my scrapbook... its a little cheesy, but when I look back on all the pictures, it's a reminder of how even though my kids are gone, we still have the rainbow we made together.

    I'm getting teary-eyed just thinking about it! :)
     
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    We have three and it makes me cry to deal with it.
     
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    We end our preschool year on a friday and then on MOnday go into our summer program which is more relaxed, no structured academics, lots of free play and outside time, field trips, special guests and lots of arts and crafts. We generally keep the same group of kids through the summer and have move up in the fall, so I get to keep them with me until Sept. Whether or not I'm sad to see them move up varies from year to year. This year I will be glad as I've had the same group for 2years now (I moved from a 3 year old teacher to the pre-k teacher so they moved up with me).
     

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