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Monday, June 21, 2010

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It turns out that Ms. Confetti is a bit sentimental when it comes to her kindergartners every year. Look what the Tongginator received on the last day of school...

a time capsule, filled with all manner of goodness for the
Tongginator to read when she graduates from high school

Turns out that Tonggu Momma is just as much of a sap. Because guess what we kept hidden from the Tongginator...


We're saving it for the Tongginator's high school graduation as well. You see, we plan to acquire a few autographs between now and then... notes from a few important people in the Tongginator's life.

the first of dozens of signatures that will appear in this book

What do y'all think? Not too shabby of an idea, hmm? So do y'all have any special end-of-the-school-year traditions? I know that everyone would love to hear some creative ideas.

43 comments:

lin said...

Hi TM, what a lovely idea from Ms Confetti. I wish my school teachers had been that considerate! I also like your idea about collecting little messages from important people. In Holland, where I grew up, I had a "poezie album" where family members and friends would each write a poem/message on a page and decorate it. I never filled the album but among others I have a treasured handwritten note from my now late grandmother in there.

longbrakeliving said...

Oh these are both fantastic ideas! I especially love your "Oh the Places You'll Go!" idea, and may steal it for my new little guy. I love hearing from my parents how I've chnaged through life, but also how so many things about me have stayed the same; I think the Tongginator will always be a ray of sunshine! I know it will be wonderful for her to look back and see that others saw that in her even when she was in kindergarten.

As far as creative ideas go, my second grade teacher wrote a poem to our class, expressing how much she loved teaching us. She had to have a student read it on the last day of school because she cried the whole way through.

Rhonda said...

I <3 this idea...

Buckeroomama said...

What a brilliant idea, TM! Absolutely brilliant. :)

Laurie said...

Ok -the 'Oh the Places You'll Go' idea is BRILLIANT. I am totally, totally, totally going to steal it! :)

Laurie said...

Oh, and btw - another great idea- I know someone who does this (albeit at the beginning of high school, with her students...I am planning to modify and do it myself with Hannah): Have HER write a letter to her 'future' self about what was important and what she dreamed about. The person I know gives them back to the kids when they graduate -so they get a letter from themselves. :) Or their former selves, at least. I think that's a pretty cool idea, too.

Aus said...

Wow - that is up there with the coolest idea's I've ever heard of!!

hugs - aus and co.

Kristi said...

Oh how I hope my kids have such a wonderful kindergarten teacher!
And I'm so glad that the Togginator is older than my kids so I can totally steal the book idea just in case their teachers aren't!

Mia_h_n said...

How sweet of Ms. Confetti. And I love your Party Edition of autographs :) I'm sure she'll treasure it.

I also love Laurie's idea of writing a letter to one's future self. It sounds like a good way of getting kids (or adults for that matter) to stop and think about what's important to them. So often things are just taken for granted without much thought and appreciation.

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

How darn sweet! What a lovely idea.

Lea
xo

A Beautiful Mess said...

I totally love that idea and will be stealing it!

Carla said...

Love BOTH those ideas!!!!

LucisMomma said...

Wonderful! I am a sap, too. Love Mrs. Confetti's idea, and yours, too. Wonder what next year's teacher will be called??? :) I love the names you come up with.

Debby said...

What a great idea. What fun that will be at her graduation party. Love it.

Paige said...

I love these ideas! How amazing for her (and you) to look back at these notes and memories and see how far she has come in life...

RM @ LMMP said...

We don't have any here yet, but I might just copy yours. We have a book of the same title sitting in our closet that was my husbands from when he graduated college. We might just have to nab your awesome idea!

Robyn said...

Oh TM! That book is a great idea. My oldest is already going into 5th grade, but I think I may steal it just the same. :)

CC said...

Wow, wow, wow! I love both of these ideas!! Why couldn't you have presented them last week so I could have rushed out and gotten a copy of a book for The Flash's teachers???????

Well, both his K and 1st grade teacher should be back next year. Thanks for the awesome idea!

Patty O. said...

What a fabulous idea! I so wish I had done something like this, especially with Miss S, who was Danny's preschool teacher for 2 years and who really loved him.

k said...

oh this is SO cool.

Laurie said...

No traditions yet, since kindergarten has yet to start, but you can bet I'm taking your idea! One of my ideas is to make an alphabet scrapbook for her and give it to her on her first day of school. For each letter of the alphabet I might put a memory about her, or something that describes her, whatever. I should really get started on that since it's only a couple months away- thanks for the push! :)

prechrswife said...

Love the "Oh the Places You'll Go" idea. Like others have said, I may have to steal that one. :-)

Lisa said...

I adore both of these ideas & traditions. Long after toys and fads fade away, those remembrances will endure.

LOVE your idea especially!!

I don't have an end of the year tradition per se beyond a first/last day photo!

BUT at every birthday ( for both kiddos) I have always had our guests/family bring or share some kind of thought or tribute for our kiddos. One year it was each family member taping themselves reading a favorite bedtime story ~ one year it was a wish each one wrote and then I sealed them until L's 18th birthday ~ another was inscriptions in a book, and so on.

Additionally I write my children a letter each year at Christmas telling them about "their stages/milestones of the past year" and tuck it into a special book that we give them on Christmas Eve.

Wish I had done this too!! :)

Christina said...

What a brilliant idea!!!!! Too cool!!

jen@odbt said...

LOVE your idea. I may be too late with my older ones but can definitely start this with my youngest. Fantastic!

heather said...

I absolutely LOVE the book idea!!!! Oh my word that is brilliant!!!! Totally stealing for my babies!!!!! You are super duper smart!!!!! :-)

Magi said...

I love both ideas, and I'm totally stealing yours. ;o)

Kelley said...

Wow--great ideas! I MUST KNOW what Ms. Confetti puts in those jars...I am a kindergarten teacher, and I'd like to use that idea from her! And WOW--the "Oh, the Places You'll Go" book is an incredible idea! Maybe I'll do that for Little Bit starting next year...

You are such a great source of stuff, Tonggu Momma! I love it!

Nicole said...

Um. I don't have any special end of year ideas. But I want one! Maybe I'll copy you and get a book signed, that's a great idea. Better get on that, I only have four days!

Kristin said...

What a cool idea! And such a keepsake.

My husband got this book from his headhunters after he accepted a position with the company he currently works with. I have not forgotten it!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

I love these end of the school year ideas:)

My Mom gave me the Dr. Seuss book the day I graduated high school.....although she did not think far enough in advance to have my Kindergarten teacher sign it....... you all are good, no make that GREAT!!!!

Miss ya and seriously need to catch up on your posts. I am starting to let "obsession" creep in as we approach referral....this is going to be a LONG summer of waiting with anticipation. I am sure you feel my pain.......the end is near.....FINALLY:)

Happy Summer to you~

Lisa

Wanda said...

Fantastic ideas. I love your book and precious notes and got goosebumps just thinking about her opening up that jar on graduation day. Wonderful!!!

Mei Ling said...

That is really cool!

Annie said...

OK, there you go again, having another incredible idea!!!! I might just have to steal this one from you!!!! LOVE it!!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful idea. You may have made me a little bit misty eyed :).

YoonSeon said...

That's adorable.

Has the Tongginator been in school for a year, already?! Cripes, how time flies!!!

Sharie said...

I love the places you'll go idea! I know I'd never keep it up - although I would have good intentions:)
I had a 'school days' album when I was little with a page for each year of school. Being the 7th of 8 kids, my parents didn't have time for a lot of documenting, so I kept it myself - I love looking at it and even just seeing how my handwriting changed from K-8.

Colin and Jill Canada said...

I think this is a super idea! I love other people's great ideas, thank you!

I got a smililar idea from another Mum before we travelled to China. I brought the "Love you like Crazy Cakes" book with us and the director of Lilah's SWI wrote a beautiful message in it for her. Our guide translated it for me and I was just so thrilled. It's such a beautiful memory and keepsake.

I also love the time capsule. How sweet of her teacher to do that.

Jill

Mama.The.Dragon said...

Oh TM, I LOVE the Dr Seuss idea!!! I, too, am going to be a big fat Copy-Cat!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

My nephew made a time 'capsule' in second grade and my SIL gave it to me for safe keeping... it's to be opened on this 21st birthday (2012). I'm pretty sure everyone except me has forgotten about it. It's been sealed the entire time, so I have NO idea what is in it. Since I've been the "Keeper of the Capsule", I'm going to 'demand' to be present when it's opened!

Briana's Mom said...

Both ideas - amazing! I love, love, love the book idea. I have a feeling you are going to have lots of people stealing that idea!

Jill said...

When I was a child, my mom bought a fabric tablecloth and every year at my birthday party would have each kid sign their name and the year in a washable marker. After the party she would embroider over the signatures--each year in a different color--and then wash out the marker. It was a fun tradition and kids always had fun finding their name from previous years and comparing their handwriting from when they were in elementary school to high school.

a Tonggu Momma said...

Jill, I absolutely LOVE that idea, too! Your momma is so creative!

Dita said...

I am gonna miss Mrs. Confetti!
Love the Places You'll Go Idea, TM!