Next week is teacher appreciation week at my kid’s school. I look forward to and dread this week all at the same time.
Our two teachers are wonderful this year and I adore both of them. I have to say Kindergarten and 4th grade are pretty important transitional years and can’t imagine either are particularly easy to teach. Having a great teacher can make a world of difference. We were more than blessed by our daughter’s 4th grade teacher this year. After hearing rumors that she was “tough” and “mean”, we weren’t sure what to expect. However, she has been amazing!! She has taken our daughter into her heart and has really helped me understand more deeply that it truly does take a village to raise a child.
And for my son, I think Kindergarten teachers are somewhat of a miracle. I can’t imagine how much patience and imagination and love it takes to bring a group of 20+ 5-year-olds through the journey that is kindergarten.
In addition to our two classroom teachers, there is an amazing woman that wears many hats and has been such a blessing to us and our children that even thigh she isn’t their classroom teacher, we are choosing to appreciate her as well.
Our teachers deserve some serious appreciation! So why do I dread it? Probably because I’m somewhat of a perfectionist and put a bunch of pressure on myself to make awesome gifts that look great and will be loved. That being said, I’ve decided to embrace the week this year and am jumping head first into showing some love!
I’ve decided to make four gifts for each teacher this year. Each day has a different theme. I feel a little (but not too) guilty that I’m skipping the gift card day but by the time they get to Friday, I really hope they’ll feel appreciated even though I’m skipping a day.
That means four gifts for 3 people, so 12 different gifts. Did I mention it’s Saturday and this all starts on Monday? Ok, here we go….
Monday – Garden Day
I found a printable that inspired my project for Monday’s theme here. I was able to find a small lemon thyme plant at Trader Joes for $2.50/each. The pots gave me a bit of trouble. I didn’t want to spend too much on them but there was nothing that inspired me at the Dollar store or the other 3 stores I went to so I ended up spending about $4/each at Home Depot, but they are cute. (If only I would have planned ahead, I could have saved some money on these cute pots on Amazon). I personalized them with a bit of vinyl. Then I printed and cut the tags and punched an eyelet and attached them to the plant with a bit of baker’s twine.
Here is the final product. What do you think?
Tuesday – Handmade Day
I made each teacher a set of 10 colorful notecards with various themes. We received a handwritten thank you note from two of them from the Christmas gifts we gifted so I know they like to write notes. Who couldn’t use more pretty notecards? I picked up a big pack of card blanks and cut a white square with a black square border that I stamped. They were simple but I think they turned out great.
I also made each of them a notecard holder using a cut from the Artiste cartridge from CTMH. I put the first initial of their first name on each of them.
Finally, as it was handmade day, I wanted my kids to participate in the handmaking. I printed a really cool thank you teacher printable that I found here. The kids each answered the questions and then drew a portrait of their teacher. The answers were very cute!
Wednesday – Snack Day
Time for a yummy snack. I decided to go with some of the mini crispy chocolate chip cookies that Trader Joes sells and filled a sandwich bag full for each of the teachers. I cut out a “lunchbox” box from the Artiste cartridge of my CTMH cartridge out of the perfectly themed (now retired) Chalk It Up paper.
I used Cricut Design Space to make the cute tag you see below.
Thursday – Summer Fun Day
I’ve made it to the end of the week and so far have been very happy with how everything has turned out. My last day has a Summer Fun theme and were supposed to gift something that could be used during the summer or a product typically found during the summer. Here is what I came up with – personalized drink cups with a movie night inside. I love how the silver turned out.
I found these adorable Redbox gift tags here. How perfect are these?? I put them in the cups with the microwaveable bowl of popcorn and they are ready to go!
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