Since I just started my blog last week, I am linking up with my first Monday Made It with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics I love this idea and wanted to share some inspiration I had before even starting a blog. I absolutely LOVE pinterest and made many gifts from there for the end of the year. Super cute ideas some of which I have pictures from and will link back to where I got the idea so you can take a look there too!
Being a FIRST year teacher-- I wanted to make sure I thanked some people! Starting with my "pod." I worked in the 6th grade pod and these ladies were such a wonderful help throughout my first year, especially Morgan-- who was in her 3rd year of teaching and was able to answer any question that I had!! Thank you!! Marge and Mary were very experienced teachers and were able to help me out in that way-- so I go the idea from Joanne over at Head Over Heels for Teaching you should check out this fun easy gift for teachers!
The next gift I made were for the two secretaries in our main office. Izzy (main office) and Kathy (special education department) were incredible this year and answered any questions that I might have had.I got this idea again from PINTEREST---Erin over at Making Memories with your Kids gave me the idea for this awesome printable! I loved the idea of a water bottle for summer and of course the delicious Starbursts inside!
What the Teacher Wants I first LOVED the printable to go along with the pitchers and that inspired me to find colorful pitchers to go with it! I purchased these at Wal Mart. Inside the pitchers I put a Country Time Lemonade Mix and 2 lemons for an extra touch. Both Cherry and Cathy loved them and thought they were sooo cute! (I would have to agree!)
I also found this on--you guessed it---pinterest. The printable came from Me and My Insanity blog. I didn't want to get whole packs of marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate so I divided up into 6 little ziplock bags and stapled the printable to the bag! Easy and simple and a delicious summer treat :)
Here are both the gifts together!
I also made my students Bookmarks-- for summer reading! Reading was a very important aspect of my classroom community this year (as I am sure it is with all of yours)-- It was a struggle at the beginning of the year, students who are not motivated to read and are 3-4 grade levels behind, do not even want to pick up a book! So-- to get my students to enjoy reading I used the DAILY 5 and CAFE (which I will be blogging about at a later post) to pick good-fi t books and build up my students reading stamina. By the end of the year my students loved to pick up books-- from the classroom library--which I am obsessed with! (Again at a later post)-- But I didn't want the reading to stop on June 19th when they walked out of the door for the summer...so here was my idea.
**By the way-- I love that when I write one post-- I already have ideas flowing for future posts! LOVE IT!**
Summer Reading is Cool Bookmark-- that looks like a Popsicle! I found the idea from Pinterest and it linked to this blog Tip Junkie and summer crafts and activities! I LOVED this idea so I went to Barnes and Noble and picked up 6 books with summer as the main focus around my students independent reading level. I printed and colored the bookmarks to look like the Bombpops--one of my summer favorites as a kid!Judy Moody and the Not So Bummer Summer and Magic Tree House Summer Sea Serpent were the two best picks!
Last gift of the year was inspired again by Pinterest and The Very Busy Kindergartner Since I was a self-contained classroom of 4th 5th and 6th graders-- I needed something to give them that showed they were still going on to the next grade level (even though I would still have the 3 students going into 5th and 6th grade) the other 3 students will be going to the middle school in 7th grade. I went to the grocery store and bought 6 $1 individual containers of goldfish and printed the printable from HERE -- I loved this one specifically because I was able to do all 3 grade levels without a problem, so thank you!! But there are so many variations of this gift that they are all so wonderful!
All of these gift ideas were found on pinterest and now with my blog, I am glad I get to share them and give credit to the blogs I found them from!