On the last full week of school, I transform my classroom into a camping scene called Camp Learned A Lot. This is truly the BEST week of First Grade! We spend the week reviewing curriculum, spending time with friends, making crafts, singing songs, and just plain having fun!
On Thursday, the week before Camp Learned A Lot, I secretly email my parents to give them a heads-up about Camp Learned A Lot. Depending on my plans for Camp Learned A Lot, I may ask for materials I will need throughout the week. The most important details of the email are to keep it a secret from their kiddo and to send in mail for their child. I ask that parents write a letter to their child pretending that they are away at camp, tell them what is going on at home, and to praise them for their hard work during the school year. Parents may send in one letter or one for every day of camp.
Like I mentioned, the students have NO idea this is happening! After school on Friday, I transform the classroom into a camp scene. I decorate outside our classroom, put up a tent, add a campfire, tablecloths, lanterns, and more. Here is a look at what students see when they arrive at the classroom door on Monday: