Thursday, May 29, 2014

End of the Year Gifts!!

Hi guys!
I hope you are reading this while you are officially on summer vacation...but if you aren't, I hope that you make it there soon!! My daughter still has a few more weeks in school. They don't end until June 12th! 

I wanted to share with you today what I gave my kiddos for a present when I left. (As you know, I left the school year early due to moving to England!) While I gave them these gifts early, they obviously could have been end of the year gifts as well. When I teach again, I think I will do them as end of the year gifts since they were such a hit this year!

I decided that since I was moving far away, I wanted my kiddos to still be able to contact me if they wanted to. I pondered over the perfect gift for weeks until a friend suggested that if you want them to be able to contact you, why not give them the tools to do so?!?  PERFECT!!!

So I decided to make stationary kits for my students.  They were such a hit with the kids! They loved getting such an interactive gift that they could make their own! They were relatively cheap to make for all of them and I had so much fun putting them together!  

Here's how I did it:::

First, I collected everything I would need. 
I bought tons of different blank decorative notecards. I bought them by the pack, which had 8-10 in each pack, and they were on clearance. 
 I then bought some cute writing pens on a string from the party section and they were on clearance as well.  I got character pens for the boys and Hello Kitty ones for the girls!
Lastly, I bought some clear cellophane party bags that came with ties.
Next, I picked out a card for each student and wrote them a personal note inside. Yes, this took some time but I had such a loving class this year, which made it easy to find the right words for them all. They mostly all said something to the effect of they were an awesome student, who I loved dearly and will miss so much. Keep working hard to achieve your dreams.  I had a few parents write to me and let me know how touched they were by the letters and that they would hold them out for the kids to read later in life.  That made my day!!

My next step was to assemble all of the bags.  I gathered coordinating cards together and put them in a bag.  Each kid ended up with about 5-6 cards in their bag. And I also added the pen inside. 
I then enlisted my mother to help me hold and tie each bag.  I used the twisty that came with the bags then put cute curling ribbon over it to make sure it was nice and sturdy. Before I tied them all the way, I had punched a hold in my personal note to them, slipped it on the ribbon and did the final tie.  That way the personal notes wouldn't get lost from their stationary pack.
Here's a bag for a girl.
 And a bag for a boy!
Here is the bowl with the entire class set of bags!!

Overall, for 20 kids in my class I spent about $15.00 dollars making these. Not bad to pay less than $1.00 per kid!

I have gotten word that I have a few letters on the way and I can't wait to read them!!

I hope you can use this gift idea with your own class. 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Ten things I want to do this summer linky!

Hi friends!
Happy Saturday and to some of you, happy first official day of summer!!

Are you done for the year yet? If not, I hope it's coming soon.  My daughter, who goes to a DoD school here in the UK doesn't get out until June 12th!! That seems so late but they don't start back until after Labor Day, so that will be nice!

I'm linking up today with Mrs. Jumps's Class to bring you....
I know we all have big plans for the summer but then, well, life happens!! We lose track of the days and before you know it, it's August and time to get gearing up for school again!! So, I'm going to share my top ten things I want to do this summer and I hope you'll link up too!

1. I want to travel!
While living here in the UK, I'm so blessed to be close to so many amazing places in the world.  The hubby and I have plans to visit Stonehenge (which is only a few hours away), going to France, Germany and maybe a few other hidden gems too! I'm so excited!! We have to see some castle's and famous landmarks along the way!  Be sure to let me know of any must-see places!!

2. I want to visit family back in the states!

Are you seeing a theme here? I need to go--like now!! lol..
I really miss all of my family back in Georgia and my like-family friends back in Kansas. I plan on going just as soon as my daughter is out of school!

3. Spend tons of time with my babies!! 
Enough said! Aren't they the cutest?? :) 

4. I want to plant a garden! 
Now I know mine won't look like this anytime soon, my goal is to get some pretty flowers soon! Here in England it rains all the time!!! So trying to find a sunny day will goal number one on this!

5. Take more Master's classes!
I've been working my booty off for nearly a year already with Master's classes! I'm more than halfway done and can't wait to finish. Some girlfriends and I are doing it together and we are kicking butt so far! I've definitely needed the encouragement to keep going at times! I can smell the degree calling my name! :)

6. I want to shop, shop, shop!!
And by shop, I mean at the local markets. They all have such fresh and local foods and you can taste it!! Yum!!!

7. I want to learn how to drive a stick shift car!
Is that weird that I still don't know how to drive one? I tried once when I was younger and it was a horrible experience... so I've never tried again!  Maybe I'll do that soon! 

8.  I want to print and organize my photos!
I mean really! I couldn't tell you the last time I printed off my photos.  I have about a million on my computer and I really need to organize them!!

9. I want to organize my clip art and fonts!!
Like for real! It's a mess and I need to find a better way to make it all easily accessible!  

10. I want to create some great TpT products!
I've been so busy with our big move that I've only created a few things over the last few months. I have so many ideas and I just need to sit down and get them out! I refuse to create junk just to do it.  I want it to be cute, purposeful and through!! 

Be sure to go link up now!!