Monday, May 30, 2011

EOY student gifts.

There are lots of ideas out there for gifts to give to your students at the end of the school year and I've done many of them.  {photo with teacher.  favorite book.  hand-printed class t-shirts.  baggie with eraser, kiss, ruler, etc.}  But I never really loved any of them until last year and now I think I've found "my thing."

Writing Journals!
{click the pic to see up close}

I mean, we're constantly reminding, reminding, reminding our kids to read and write over the summer to not lose all that they've learned so I figure this kills two birds with one stone!  And it is 2 of our favorite things: cheap. & easy.  ;)

1. buy spiral notebooks at Target for 94 cents each.
2. cover them with each child's favorite color of construction paper {rubber cement seems to work better than glue sticks}.
3. use your favorite Crayola makers to write your kids' names in funky letters.

4. add random scrapbook stickers.  If you need some, I highly recommend Hobby Lobby for stickers OR get this paper pack at Target & just cut and glue.

5. write a little note {varied based on what I want the kids to work on} in the front cover.
6. add a few starters & some more stickers.
 

7. the end.  give to your students and watch them get excited about their new writing adventures!

14 comments:

  1. Wow, what a creative idea!! I just love this!
    Kristen :)

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  2. So cute! You can also order notebooks from Wal-Mart and put a class picture on the front! (I don't remember how much it was... but if you have a smaller class, it may be worth it)!

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    1. I've never heard of that one. Where at Walmart?...at the photos dept? Thank you for the hint.

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  3. I love this! I've been looking for a cute and easy EOY present and I will definitely be using this! Thanks for the post!

    Colleen Patton
    http://pattonspatch.blogspot.com

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  4. Such a great idea for the kids. Next time buy these at the beginning of the year at Staples for a dime! I hope I remember this great idea. You could even add a personal note on the first page. You are a clever woman! Check out my new shoes (LOL). You will appreciate them.
    Fran@kindergartencrayons.blogspot.com

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  5. Okay... I made my own! These are so darn cute! I posted about it, too. Check it out here: http://pattonspatch.blogspot.com/2011/05/end-of-year-writing-notebooks.html

    Thanks again for sharing!

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  6. I did this last year and my students loved it. Unfortunately I did not have time to do it this year. :( I'll make sure to do it early next year.

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

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  7. What a great idea! I do a name poem for my kids--where their name is written vertically and then come up with something about that child for each letter of their name. I've done it on their report cards but this year we don't get very much room for comments--SO I made bookmarks with this poem...Now I'm thinking for next year, this notebook would be great and put their name poem one the front. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. perfectly adorable! LOVE IT!

    mrs tabb =)

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  9. This is fantastic and affordable! Love it! And it is a great idea to plan ahead and buy these cheap at the beginning of the year! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

    Magnificent Multiagers!

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  10. Wow....this blog is so creative!...i love it!...Unique Gifts

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  11. I LOVE this idea! I found you through the comment you left for me on my blog! : ) I'm adding you to my blogroll...I would love to be on yours. : )

    Jaime
    http://whatsthebuzzinfirst.blogspot.com

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  12. What a fabulous idea! I'm going to get started on this right away for my end of the year gifts! Thanks for sharing.

    Sarah
    http://learningisforsuperstars.blogspot.com

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  13. It's always nice to take the time to appreciate the school year. We featured your end of the year student gift @ theclassroomcreative It posts tomorrow. Thanks, Karen & Nicolette

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