May 20, 2013

Cheers to the End of the Year {Gifts and Such}

As I was planning today, I realized how little time I have left with my firsties. What teacher wouldn't be excited...AND...sad at the same time!? This is so me right now. I have an amazing group of kiddos (I'm fixing to brag) with little to zero discipline problems, yes I have been blessed this year! Thinking about putting their end of year gifts makes me sad to see such a great group of kids leave.
Last week, we began the "end of year venture" by beginning our process of making our gifts to each other. I have all the kids bring a new, clean, white pillow case. A mom comes up to help, and each kid gets to put their hand print on all his/her classmate's pillowcases and adds their signature underneath. I also print out a cutesy poem and iron it on.
They turn out oh so precious and the kids absolutely go ga-ga over them! I roll them up when dried, tie on a name tag with ribbon, and hand it to them with their award. It turns out to look like a diploma when all wrapped up. Definitely darling as can be!
I also purchase swirly straws (Walmart: 97 cents for pack of 6) and small kool-aid packets. I slip the packet and tag with the saying "Have a totally kool summer!" into the straw for a quick and simple addition to the pillowcase and their award.
I always have some special parents who help out with almost everything throughout the year. I also like to get them a little something to show them my appreciation.

  I purchase a bottle of hand soap from Bath and Body Works (they normally have some type of deal like 5 for $15). I wrap them up in shrink wrap, print out a tag with the saying "Thank you for your helping hands!" and tie it on with a cute ribbon.
Here is my end of the year gift pile, all complete. Feels so good! Now...onto that summer countdown!



  1. I used to make those pillow cases when I taught Kindergarten. I love... love... love them and so do the students!!!! I've been blessed this year too. It does make it even harder to say good-bye. (sniff...sniff)

  2. I'm right there with you... I have an AWESOME bunch this year, too! I've seen those pillowcases before but, I've never attempted them. I think because this class will always have a special place in my heart, I just might this time, though. Cute idea with the soaps, too. Hmmm... I'm inspired to try some new gifts.
    First Grade Hugs and High Fives

  3. Love your gift ideas...I need to get started on mine!
    Two Friends In First

  4. I love that pillowcase idea! Now I'm bummed that my last day is tomorrow because I won't have time to do it this year!!

    I had a group like you had this year (2 years ago). It was wonderful! I would have invited them all over to my house to hang out. This year I got a lot of their siblings, which was good. But nothing will ever compare to that class!

  5. Thanks so much for visiting my blog! Isn't instagram so fun? I am in love with your pillowcase idea. I (regretfully) have 20 days left. But- that gives me lots of time to finish that cute project. I'm you newest follower. Looking forward to your giveaway!

  6. I love the pillowcase idea! How cute!

    Thanks for sharing!
    A Sunny Day in First Grade

  7. Your end of the year gifts are so adorable! I Will be copying your ideas. Thanks for sharing