My children had their end-of-the-school-year parties in their classrooms yesterday. It seems the class gifts for both of my school-age children had the personal touch this year. My first grader's class drew pictures of themselves on fabric squares and one of the mothers put the pieces together and sewed them up into a class quilt for the teacher. It was really quite lovely.
I was the room mother for my third grader's class and had the students meet me after school on two different days last week to write thank you notes and put together a scrapbook page for their teacher and assistant teacher. Talk about glue everywhere, children arguing about who got what piece of decorative paper, missing pictures, shredded paper, and scissors in the wrong child's hands. I forgot to mention the panic. On my part. You see, I've never had so many children together for an art project. It was rather unnerving.
And scrapbooking? I figured it would be easy. I mean how hard is it to cut and paste paper and pictures together? Er, a lot more work than I ever imagined. Talk about another five hours after the children finished their pages. But, I managed to assemble two scrapbooks--one for the teacher and one for the assistant teacher. And they turned out Beautiful, with a capital B.
I arranged the class picture on the front page, the incredible Our Deepest Fear poem on the second page, and the children's pages followed in alphabetical order. All the children's names and 2008 were written on each of the pages in marker, and then highlighted in silver. The final page had inspirational teacher quotes with a thank you from the entire class. The families also chipped in to purchase gift cards so the teachers could treat themselves to a little something.
If ever you need an idea for a teacher gift next year, I would recommend a thank you scrapbook from the children. To watch the teachers open up the scrapbooks, faces glowing, eyes bright from reading all the children's notes...it was a gift for the children and for me.
Now to work on scrapbooks for my children...