I’m not a fan of asking other parents to contribute money for teachers’ gifts. Especially at the end of the school year, when everyone has giving fatigue. Or is just fatigued, period.
Last year, it was 5 sentences on a sheet of paper that each child completed, described here. I bound the questionnaires together (nothing fancy – something that the kids would do, with a title handwritten by my daughter) and let the kids present the book to their teacher during the last week of school. They were pretty proud of themselves.
But I did notice that few kids (these were kindergarteners) came up with thoughtful responses to all 5 sentences. So, this year, I printed out the same thoughtstarters on cardstock, one per half sheet, and sent 5 different cards home with each child. The children could choose one (or two or all of them) to fill out and return to me. I also suggested that the parents could write a note, and a few did. Then I mixed up the cards, tied them with ribbon and put them in an art caddy.
I contributed filler that I thought the teacher would appreciate, including M&M’s printed with her favorite sports team logo and personalized notepads from Giftsin24.com. The other room parent added a gift card purchased with the balance of our class fund (to which all of the parents contributed at the beginning of the year).
Here are some of the children’s year-end sentiments: