Open House in Kindergarten

It has been interesting talking with my blogger and teacher friends via Instagram and learning that not all schools have an Open House at the end of the year!  I think it might be mainly a So. Cal thing.  In the first month of school, we have Back to School Night where we share the rules, expectations, and procedures with the parents.  At that time, all of the bulletin boards need to be decorated to the nine.  Then at the end of the year we have “Open House” where we invite the parents to come and see the classroom that is decorated to impress.  Normally there is some end of the year project on display, and a memory book/portfolio for each child.  Here is a peek into my Kindergarten world. 
 P.S I am trying out different photo apps, so please excuse the fact that all of the photos are edited a little differently! 🙂
I took pictures of all of the main bulletin boards, I hope you enjoy them!  I always stress out on deciding if I should do a class theme for Open House, like: insects, ocean, farm, etc…of course I can’t stick to one, so it is a little bit of everything!
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I must say, the balloons really filled up the space in the middle of the room, and this is something I will do each year.  
Here are some little bumble bees and beehives from our insect unit.

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This was one of those last minute additions, about an hour before Open House.  All of the other teachers on my wing had their outside windows decorated, so I couldn’t be the only one without mine decorated! #fomo (fear of missing out)

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We made this little fish subtraction craft to show a number sentence.

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For our farm unit, we studied cows and pigs and made this cute craftivity.

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We went on a field trip to the zoo, and to prepare for our field trip, we learned about monkeys and lions.  You can’t see it, but on the bananas and seaks, there are sentences about each animal.  We made a double bubble map to compare and contrast lions and monkeys.  ( I can’t decide if I want to put these in my TpT Store…)

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This flower labeling craft is from Caitlin’s All About Plants Unit.

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I made these cork boards (click HERE to see the tutorial) to display multiple writing pages from our Kindergarten was a Blast Craftivity.  Each page prompted a different reflection question about their Kindergarten year.

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Below are more details from our room!
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Do you have Open House at the end of the year??

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22 responses to “Open House in Kindergarten”

  1. alohaging Avatar

    We did a multicultural night a couple weeks before school was out. Fun projects, decorations, even food to try from various places.

  2. HeidiSongs Avatar

    We had our Open House on May 22nd! So it was just a few days ago! I'm exhausted!
    Your Open House was absolutely beautiful, by the way!

  3. Unknown Avatar

    We have an end of the year open house. It is for parents to view their child's artwork from art class. However, we display activities in our classrooms as well. We teach our "Make a Town" unit in economics. My whole classroom is transformed into a town. The parents love it!

    I am having a “Tour My Blog” linky party…stop by and link up! It is a great way for bloggers and their viewers to learn about your blog! I would love for you to join me!

    Bits of First Grade

  4. Stacy Avatar

    We only do an Open House at the beginning of the year in my district. At the end of the year it's up to each teacher if they want to have parents come in. Your room looks so great, I really like the balloons on the table. I just gave you a shout out on my blog tonight. . . LOVE,LOVE,LOVE instagram. Have a great end of the year.

    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

  5. Christy {Crayons and Whimsy} Avatar
    Christy {Crayons and Whimsy}

    Amazing room my dear!! I was surprised to hear how many places don't have Open House….are we the lucky ones or are they? Hmm…

    Crayons and Whimsy

  6. vicky1970 Avatar

    Hi Michelle,
    I'm in LOVE with the double bubble bulletin board…that is seriously brilliant! Enjoy your last days, I have 4!!

  7. The Kinder Garden Avatar
    The Kinder Garden

    We don't have one at my school here in Arizona! We do a "meet the teacher" night at the beginning of the year, but that's it! Your room looked great!


  8. dglennon Avatar

    How did you make those little cork boards??? So cute!!

    1. Michelle Griffo Avatar
      Michelle Griffo

      I added the link in the post!

  9. Busy Bees Avatar
    Busy Bees

    Your stuff looks VERY IMPRESSIVE!! We do open house at the beginning of the year, but I would love to do a Open House(Data Binder Night) throughout the school year. Love the balloons!!

  10. Mrs. Wheeler Avatar
    Mrs. Wheeler

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is amazing! I wish we had Open House! I love all of the kids' work everywhere! So cheery and awesome!

    Mrs. Wheeler’s First Grade
    Mrs. Wheeler TpT

  11. The Polished Teacher Avatar
    The Polished Teacher

    You are amazing! This is the cutest open house I have ever seen! I just love the double bubble map! I have never seen one like that before! I love the balloons and how cheery and welcoming your room is! Pinning these pictures for sure! I can't believe your kinders have desks though! How fancy!

    The Polished Teacher

  12. Dana Avatar

    Love the cork board displays! How did you make them?

    1. Michelle Griffo Avatar
      Michelle Griffo

      I added the link in the post!!!

  13. Unknown Avatar

    Your classroom looks AMAZING for Open House! I love how your room is filled to the brim with projects!


  14. Miss Kindergarten Avatar
    Miss Kindergarten

    LOVE!!!!!!!! And you know I do!!!

  15. Unknown Avatar

    I had never heard of an open house at the end of the year until I started following blogs. In Wa we have 2 separate events… a 'Meet the Teacher' and a 'Curriculum' night at the beginning of the year. It would be fun for the parents to get to see all of the fun their kids had learning during the year. Might have to try and incorporate something like this starting next year.

  16. Katie Avatar

    Wow! Good job. We don't do an Open House at the end of the year. We have one before school starts where the kids find out who their teacher is and meet us. We then have a community Open House in January. It seems like a lot of work for an end of year thing. We are taking things down by this point, not wanting to put up more! But seriously your room looks awesome. Good job!

  17. Cupcake Avatar

    Your room looks amazing!!!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  18. Molly  Avatar

    I love the balloon idea! So fun! I'll put that in my back pocket for next year, too! Your room looks awesome! We have Open House in the middle of April. So nice to be done with it early so it's not hanging over our heads! I love the Lorax window! I'm sure parents were super impressed!

    Lucky to Be in First

  19. Ms.M Avatar

    First I have to say it all looks so wonderful. Do you want to come teach at my school, in the room next to mine? The teachers I work with are so… uninspired.

    Anyway, I can't believe I am not the only one. I SOOOO have #fomo and have known it for years but didn't know I had company. LOL Is there a support group?


  20. Second-grade-alicious Avatar

    Oh my gosh you have the cutest classroom and ideas!

    We don't have an end of year open house but I love the idea of doing one. It's a great way for kids to show off their hard work.

    Thanks for sharing!
    I'm your newest follower.