May 14, 2019

End-of-Year Reflection Activities for a Mindful Celebration

End-of-year reflection activities provide children with time to process and celebrate all of their learnings and successes from throughout the school year. They also present a great opportunity to deepen social-emotional skills, such as identifying feelings, while thinking about hopes and goals for the year ahead. 

End the year with one or more of these intentional reflection activities. Add a healthy snack and you’ve got the perfect end-of-year celebration!

 

Personal Expression Reflection

Using available art supplies, encourage students to take 10 minutes to draw or journal something they learned and something they still wonder based on the past school year. If children are comfortable sharing, take turns reporting out.

 

Reflection Letters

Letter writing is a great way to reflect on the past year. Keep the reflection positive by asking children to write a letter listing 10 reasons they’re proud of themselves.

Consider adding movement to your celebration by incorporating a reflection walk. Pair students and take a walk around the school. At various stopping points, pose different questions such as, “What did you enjoy the most this year?”; “What’s a favorite memory from this year?”; “What are you excited to learn next year?”

 

Posters for Next Year

Ask students, “How do you want to feel when you return to school next year?” Encourage them to channel these feelings into creating posters, signs or banners that can be displayed for the next school year to welcome students back to class.

 

Summer Question Box

Not every kid is excited for summer. Some may be worried about food insecurity, family dynamics, or a new routine. Use a box to allow students to ask anonymous questions about what they may experience over summer break to encourage dialogue between students and teachers.

 
Which end-of-year reflection activity is your favorite? Tell us on social media with #HealthySchools or #HealthyOST.

Daniel Hatcher

Director, Community Partnerships
Alliance for a Healthier Generation