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Countdown to Graduation

Graduation is right around the corner for my kinders! Today we had our first rehearsal for graduation day and we finished a super-cute graduation project. I saw the idea on Pinterest a few weeks ago and filed it in my brain to remember for the future and set out to create the project without following the link. So yesterday I did all the prep to create a template and I JUST discovered a template is available from Peace, Love, and Kindergarten in their TpT store. Their download also includes a cute memory book for the end of the year. I added a bit of my own flair (the kids glued googly eyes to their projects and I added tassels after they were finished) to give it a little extra something and I am so proud of the end result. I’m not sure if you can tell from the photo, but we used a few different sizes of googly eyes. The difference is subtle, but it makes each project a little more unique.

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I also created a fun countdown to graduation sign to display in the hallway with the finished projects. You can download it for free from TpT or Teachers Notebook. Once trimmed, the sign fits perfectly on a 12″x18″ sheet of construction paper. I laminated mine and taped a sheet of transparency film onto the writing area so a dry-erase marker can be used to write each day of the countdown.

FREE countdown sign for graduation
FREE countdown sign for graduation

Organizing all those Eyes

I’ve been doing a bit of classroom organization lately. I try to always buy googly eyes in bulk (it’s SO much cheaper). The downside of this is that all of the eyes are mixed together in a big bag. So, I found the perfect way to organize mine for future use.



Buy Googly eyes in Bulk

I found this item on Amazon. It has 1000 pieces and costs less than $15.00!


The colored eyes freak me out too, but they are great for monster-themed projects on Halloween. I don’t sort the colored eyes-just the black and white ones that I intend to use in class for creatures with 2 eyes.

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Maria Gavin

Maria is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher, with 13 years of teaching experience. Her love and passion for all things early childhood is now fulfilled as a mom to two amazing kids. She loves sharing practical and creative tips and ideas that are perfect for young learners – in the classroom or at home!

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  1. This just popped up on my Pinterest. What a cute project. I write on my laminate all the time and not long ago I found that nail polish remover takes away any left over residue on the laminate as well as any whiteboard marker that has been left on there a little too long!


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Hi, I'm Maria.

I’m a former kindergarten teacher turned work-from-home mom. I still love sharing ideas and resources to make teaching easier, so you can focus on what really matters in the classroom. When I’m not working on the blog, you’ll find me chasing kids around the house with a cold cup of coffee in my hand (some things never change even once you’re out of the classroom!)


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