A couple of years ago, my son’s preschool teacher assembled work he’d done into a book for him to bring home. For the cover, she’d had him write his name on construction paper, using a different color for each letter, and then she cut out the letters and glued them onto a piece of cardstock. It was adorable.
As a Room Parent, I’ve used this technique several times now, as a cover for a collection of notes, cards or pictures from children to their teacher.
At the end of the school year, the parents of the children in my daughter’s kindergarten class elected to give the teacher individual gifts. So I asked each child to fill out a questionnaire (“I love my teacher because…” and “My advice for the new kindergarteners is…”) and bound them together. The book gave the children something to present to their teacher as a class at the year-end party.
I especially like it for Thanksgiving, after children have typically spent all of November talking in their classrooms about what they’re thankful for. Yet it’s unusual for teachers to be honored at this time.
And it says – this is from your students, not their parents.