As a teacher, I have received many precious gifts from students. The most extreme was a surprise afternoon off for a massage. (Teachers: make a chart of your room arrangement should parents let things get a little too crazy.) I've gotten requests from parents for teacher gift ideas and I want to assure you it doesn't take money to leave a lasting impression. A gift I'll always treasure is a book made by a kindergarten class called "The ABC's of Mrs.Case." Each page has an alphabet letter with a saying and a drawing. This was accomplished by a secret collaboration of homeroom moms and the art teacher. I received a beautiful hardbound copy. But I would have also cherished a 3-hole punched notebook. It was the thought, effort and time that were greatly appreciated. I added the student's photo on their page. Below are the words for each letter:
|K is for Kind - You are very kind to us.|
B is for Beautiful: Mrs. Case is the Most Beautiful Teacher
C is for Caring: Thank you for caring for us.
D is for Determined: You are determined to be the best teacher you can be.
E is for Extraordinary: You are an extraordinary teacher.
F is for Fun: You make learning fun.
G is for Great: You are the Greatest!
H is for Happy: You make us happy.
I is for Ideas: You have the best ideas.
J is for Joy: It is a joy to have you as our teacher
K is for Kind: You are very kind to us.
L is for Love: We love you.
M is for Magnificent: You are magnificent.
N is for Nice: It is nice to be in your class.
O is for only: You only have our best interest at heart.
P is for Patient: Thanks for your patience with us.
Q is for Queen: You are the queen of our class.
R is for ready: You make us ready to learn.
S is for sad: We are sad you will not be our teacher next year.
T is for Terrific Teacher: You are a terrific teacher.
U is for unbeatable: Mrs. Case, you are unbeatable.
V is for Very: You are the very best teacher.
W is for Wonderful: You are wonderful.
X is for X-ray: If you x-rayed your heart, you would find a big smile.
Y is for Yell: You never yell at us.
Z is for Zip-pa-di-do-da: Zip-pa-di-day We love you!
F is for Fun: You Make Learning Fun
- Another memorable gift I received was a small photograph album of pictures taken by parents during the school year at field trips, holiday parties, and school activities.
- I still have cards from parents writing to let me know that they thought I was the perfect teacher for their child and how much they appreciated their growth and learning. Students sometimes told me I was their best teacher ever. "Have you had any other teachers?" I would ask. "No, but we know you are the best." This is the reward you receive from working with young (first-time) students.
- I also cherish the signed drawings by students with "I Luv U Ms Cas." Priceless.
Helpful gifts for Preschool or Kindergarten Teachers and Parents: Kindergarten: Tattle-Tales, Tools, Tactics, Triumphs and Tasty Treats for Teachers and Parents and The Happy Mommy Handbook: The Ultimate How-to Guide on Keeping Your Toddlers and Preschoolers Busy, Out of Trouble and Motivated to Learn. Both are bestsellers and also available on Barnes & Noble and Kobo. Ebooks only $3.99.