This school year has flown by, especially the past couple of months! It felt like just yesterday we were longing for Easter Break, and now I am NINE DAYS from finishing my second year of teaching! I have loved this year, and my group of kinders, and I'll have a whole post more on that coming up soon!

Today I want to share with you my End of Year Countdown that we are doing this year. I searched online for inspiration, and came up with my own ideas to make it work here in Tanzania. This is another post perfect for those teaching in a developing country, because everything is very simple, yet the kids have LOVED it! They get excited each morning to see what we have planned for the day!

I do an ABC countdown, starting with 26 school days left. We begin with letter A and end with letter Z. At the end of this post I'll be sharing a freebie where you can print out your own countdown to reference! This year I created this poster (seen above) for the countdown.

I cut construction paper into rectangles, folded them, wrote the letter on the top, and the activity on the inside. Then I used clear tape to attach them to the poster, and used some of my cute alphabet washi tape to tape them shut. It was time-consuming, but I'll be able to use this year after year!

Now for some snapshots of our fun so far!

C is for Chalk Day! We went outside and had fun with chalk!

F is for Favorite Book Day! Everyone brings their favorite book to school and we do lots of reading aloud and book sharing!

I is for Insect Day! It fit right in with the beginning of our animal unit! We learned about what makes an insect an insect, labeled an insect, watched videos about insects, and did a fun butterfly art project with black crayon and watercolor!

OH THE CUTENESS!! N is for Name Day! Everyone chooses a new name for themselves for the day! We wear name tags, and call each other by our new names! This one was definitely a favorite! We giggled all day calling friends names like "Speedycar" and "Kara" (The name of our school administrator).

P was the tastiest day yet! P is for Popcorn Party! We also drank Pineapple juice and Played outside afterwards!

This is such a fun way to celebrate the close of the school year, while keeping us positive about making fun memories, instead of reminding us that in a few days we won't be at school anymore. That's exactly what my kinders need!

Now for the freebie!! Click the picture to download your ABC Countdown PDF! Also, share this post with your friends using this pic!

How many days of school do you have left? Let me know in a comment below!
Much Love, Allie


  1. What a cute idea! Will have to keep this in mind for next year. Thanks for sharing! :)

    Not Just Child's Play

  2. This looks like fun yet a good way to keep focusing on things to keep school exciting. I will use this next year. Thanks. Pauline -


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