For most kindergarten students, this marks their first “official” year of school. A fun and memorable way to celebrate a year of growth is with a kindergarten memory book!
Just think back to the beginning of the year. The sweet little faces staring back at you in May are not the same faces that you first saw in August. Those little people have grown so much because of the time they have spent with you.
Your students have learned so much, and made new friends, as well as a ton of memories. A kindergarten memory book is a great way to capture all of the good times from the year while giving students a sweet memento to cherish forever.
They are great for wrapping up the school year and savoring the last few days together, while still working on important reading and writing skills.
Plus, it’s so fun to see each student’s opinion on things, like their favorite field trip, favorite class activity, or even their favorite lunch!
Parents LOVE memory books too! For one, they provide a glimpse into their child’s year with you. They also serve as a keepsake that students and their families will look back on for years to come.
This memory book is the kind of thing that parents will bring out at their child’s high school graduation to look back on their years in school, which all started with YOU.
About the Kindergarten Memory Book
This memory book was designed specifically for Pre-K through First Grade students.
This means that the pages are kid-friendly with large spaces for drawing and larger, dotted lines for writing.
Several of the pages have multiple options, depending on how much writing you want your students to do.
This makes for a great differentiated writing activity that you can use during the final weeks of school.
The entire book is copy machine friendly as it’s all in blackline. Therefore, it doesn’t require you to use up your precious colored copies.
All students will need to complete their memory books are pencils and crayons.
There are 4 cover page options included: Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and one generic cover which would work for any grade level.
The covers look great printed on colored paper. You can even let your students customize their memory book by choosing their own color of cover!
You can complete these books as a class in a whole group activity. They also make a great small group activity too. If you have parent volunteers that help out in your classroom, this is a great project for them to help with!
Memory Book Pages
Each page of the memory book focuses on only one theme. The themed pages are offered with options for differentiation, which allows you to pick which layout works best for your students.
The pages range from drawing a picture only to a picture and a simple written response to a drawing and lines for 1-2 sentences.
A few of the themes included are:
- Recess activities
- A special day
- Class parties
- Favorite lunch
- A map of my classroom
- In school I learned
- My friends
- My teacher
- You’re special (great for paras or parent volunteers)
There are also subject and skills-centered pages for students to share what they learned in reading, math, science, social studies, and so on.
You’ll also find pages for students to record their summer plans and what they hope to learn next year.
This memory book is jam-packed with options and pages, but you do not need to use all of the pages in this book!
There are several options and differentiated levels included in this resource. Pick the topics and levels that work best for you and your class.
How to Make the Memory Book
To create the memory book, I recommend starting early and working on it throughout the last month or so of school.
That way, you can complete only one page per day and give students time to really think about the topic and do their best.
Let’s face it though, sometimes life happens and you get in a pinch. If you’re in a time crunch, at the very least, space out the pages. Maybe do one in the morning, one mid-day, and one in the afternoon.
Students can get confused or overwhelmed by doing too many pages at one time. Plus, doing too many at one time doesn’t give students enough time to organize their thoughts and put their best effort forward.
First, select the page that you will be working on. Next, as a group, have students brainstorm a list of ideas surrounding that theme or topic. This is a super important step to refresh student’s memories.
Record or draw their ideas on the whiteboard for them to refer to. Give them a generous amount of time to draw and write to complete each page.
As your students complete the pages, I recommend collecting them and storing each child’s pages in a folder with their name on it.
Then, before they head home for the summer, you can staple the pages together with the front cover (or use a binding machine) to create the books.
You can even add a special ribbon and notecard to the front to make this a special gift for them to take home!
Example Memory Book Pages
Are you ready for a little sneak peek? Read on to check out a few examples of the pages included in the Kindergarten Memory Book!
This is a fun page for students to share their opinions on their favorite things, such as their favorite color, sport, food, animal, etc.
There’s no writing required, so students simply draw a picture to show their response.
On this page, students can write about their teacher. There’s two options included, one with more writing and one with a space for students to write their teacher’s name and draw a picture.
In School I Learned
This page is a generic page for students to record what they learned in school. There are three options included: no writing, a little bit of writing, and even a little more writing.
There are other pages included specifically for reading, math, science, and social studies. In addition, there are pages for students to record how they write their letters and numbers.
By The Numbers
This is one of those fun pages that work well when completed as a whole group. All of the responses on this page are numbers. Students will love counting the items and filling in their answer.
Everyone’s favorite time of the day has its own page! Students record their lunch time, their favorite lunch, and draw a picture of it. There is a no-writing option included too.
Free Kindergarten End of the Year Games
In addition to making a kindergarten memory book, the end of the year is also a great time to play games and spend quality time with your students who now feel like family.
I’ve put together a pack of two of my favorite end of the year class games that are so fun for Kindergarten and First Grade students!
Pair and Share
The first game is called “Pair and Share.” This game is great for a quick time filler at the end of the year. It’s a fun way for students to reflect and share with their classmates while getting them up and moving!
Students will each receive a partner card and find a classmate with a matching partner card to stand next to.
Then, the teacher will select a question card and read it to the class. Students will turn to their partner and share their answer to the question along with a reason to support it.
Play continues as students find new partners to share their answers to various questions with. You can play music and have students stop and find their new partner when the music stops.
As a bonus, you can add your own questions and keep the game going!
Find Someone Who
The second game is called “Find Someone Who.” This game is no prep and will also get students up and moving around.
Use it as an indoor recess game, or just a fun game to play during the last few days of school.
Each student will need a copy of the “Find Someone Who” page. Before the game begins, read each space with the class and draw attention to the picture cues.
Students will circulate the room and find someone that fits each description. The classmate will write their name in the space. Students can only use each classmate once.
You can download these end of the year class games by filling out the form below. They’ll be sent straight to your inbox!
I’d love to see your finished Kindergarten Memory Books and hear how your class liked these free games! Snap a picture and come share in my Kindergarten Teacher Facebook Group!