It's that time of year again! Time to celebrate our teachers and let them know how much we appreciate them and what they have done for our kiddos this year. I saw this idea on a blog where the mom sent out an email to the class parents and had the kids secretly answer questions about their teacher. Then she put the answers together in a book and presented it to the teacher along with some money she collected from the class as well.
Our school does not allow us to collect money from the parents for anything, but we can collect answers so I did just that. Last year I did this for G's Kindergarden teacher and it of course made her cry. This year, I did it again. It's such a great idea!! EVERYONE can participate. It doesn't cost the students or parents anything to do and is always well received by the teacher. Plus, G's First Grade teacher is leaving the school (and the city) this year, so it makes a great keepsake of her time at this school. I can't wait to give it to her on Friday!
So here's a picture of the finished product!
For the Title Pages I just cut the cardstock a little bigger. About 4.25 x 5.5 instead of just 4 x 5.5.
I covered the binder with some pretty scrapbook paper and then used a coordinating paper to line the inside of the binder so that the ugly folds were covered. I printed directly onto the pages for all the kids answers but for the title pages I wanted them to stand out, so I printed onto velum and then taped them onto the cardstock. I used some fancy scissors to cut around the titles and then drew around the edges with markers to create a "frame" for the title words.
To get all the answers I sent out this letter:
It really worked out well because it just so happened that every time I went up to either pick up the envelopes or hand them out, G was in his other classroom, so it REALLY added to the whole idea that it was a surprise for him. :) (NOTE: later I found out that a little boy spilled the beans that it was a surprise for Ms. P, but who knows if she believed him or not)
I also went to have lunch with G during school hours so that I could add the BEST part of the book...their signatures!
Even if I didn't get answers from all the kids (which I didn't) I wanted all of them have had a part of the book somehow, so every child signed the book. I brought up some of the smaller cards with me to lunch and walked around with a pen and had each child sign. It worked out to 4 pages with 5 signatures each. I then came home and added them to the book behind this title page:
I absolutely LOVE getting these answers back! Some of them were really heartfelt (This year Ms P taught me...) -
And then some were just completely hilarious! (What is Ms P's favorite color?) -
It is a great book. I really enjoy putting it together each year. After it's done I always send a list of all the answers to the parents so that they can see what all the kids said also. It's just too good not to share. I do invite them all to come when give it to her. I always wait until the last day when they are not doing anything anyway.