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ABC Countdown to Summer

Something to Look Forward To Every Day!


Let's face it. Everyone's counting down the days until summer vacation - the students, the teachers, even the administrators! Instead of merely marking each passing day off on your calendar, make the countdown fun and give everyone something unique to look forward to!

The "ABC Countdown" is something that the teachers at my school put together so that something cool and exciting happens each day as we count down to summer. When we had 26 days left in school, we assigned each day a letter of the alphabet; for example, the 26th day is "A," the 25th day is "B," and so on, all the way down to the last day of school which is "Z."

If you have fewer than 26 school days left in your year, consider spelling out a shorter word, such as the school name, mascot, or even just the word "Summer." It doesn't matter so much how long the countdown is, just that you have fun with it!

Next it's time to get creative! On "A Day," we called it "Art Day" so the kids got to do a special Art lesson in the classroom. On "B Day," we called it "Buddy Reading Day" so the kids brought books from home that they got to read with a friend during silent reading time. "C Day" is "Career Day" and the kids dressed up as a person in the career they would like to enter someday. Future doctors wore white coats and future football players wore their jerseys and brought along a football.

The countdown continues like that until the final day of school, "Z Day," which stands for "Zip Up Your Bags and Zoom Home Day!" The kids love the countdown because it gives them something to get excited about each day.

I would recommend making up flyers with the information for the students to take home. You might also like to make a copy for each child to keep at school for reference. My students taped the sheets to their desks and checked off each day as it passed. They really got into it!

If you already have fewer than 26 days left, don't worry! You can still countdown the remaining days with style! Consider spelling out the name of your school, a school motto, or simply the word "summer." The sky's the limit and there are no rules. Brainstorm with your fellow teachers and see what they come up with!

Sound like something you might like to do? Click to the next page to see how my colleagues and I put our own personal spin on the ABC Countdown idea.

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