Saturday, May 11, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week has never really meant much to me, as a teacher, unfortunately.  I have worked at a Middle School for 12 years, so it's never been a big deal.  We've had the occasional treat from an administrator, or luncheon put on by parent club, but that's it.

Now that I'm a PARENT of a school aged child- Teacher Appreciation Week has become important to me!  I could go on and on about how amazing my son's teacher(s) are, about how ALL teachers are amazing.  The bottom line is, they play a HUGE role in shaping a child's life- academically, emotionally and socially.  In fact, teacher's spend more time with our kids, than we do. 

Teachers are overworked, underpaid and unappreciated!  I know this FIRST HAND!  So I do what I can to show my appreciation for my kids' teachers :)

My son is in First Grade this year :)  Early in the year, we got a list of the teacher's favorite things.  This has come in handy :)  The best thing:  She likes to SCRAPBOOK!  Well well well, the PERFECT teacher!!!

He brought a gift each day of this week.  Most were inspired by Pinterest.

Day 1:
I (Heart) my TEAcher.  Found on Pinterest.
I took a mason jar and filled it with tea.  Placed fabric between the lid and added a tag stamped with Friendship Alpha & Chocolate Alpha.

Day 2:  
Thanks a Latte:
This printable came from eighteen25.  Such an EASY and awesome gift!

Day 3:
You are the HIGHLIGHT of my day.  This one was found on Pinterest :)

Day 4:
An apple for the teacher.  Again, found on Pinterest.
I cut a 2 liter soda bottle and spray painted it red.  I free-hand cut a leaf and attached it to green pipe cleaner.  The candy inside is Hot Tamales & Licorice Bites.

Day 5:
Monogram Notecard Set.  I created a set of 12 notecards, monogrammed with the teacher's initial on them. 
Papers used:  Claire, Lucy & Dotty for You.  Perfect Fit Frames stamp set & Monogram Stamp set.

 Then I used Artiste to cut a "magazine file" to hold the cards.  I used For Always paper, then used the "Direct To Paper" technique to color it Cotton Candy. I gave the teacher the Monogram Stamp Set so that she could create her own in the future :)  I added a note to the card holder- paper is from Dream Pop- and attached it with a mini clothes pin.

Linking to:
Heart2Heart- Teacher appreciation week
Color Dare-   PINK- Blush, Cotton Candy & Hollyhock


Pam said...

Great monogram cards. As a nurse educator I know I would love this gift from a student. Nice going. Thanks for joining us this week at Color my Heart.

Amie Kiger (Kigz) said...

Oh my gosh, Jen! That apple packaging is pure genius! The highlighters are adorable too. Love the Monogram notecards, but which initial do you go with--their first or last name? Just curious!

canadian_liner said...

Each of your teacher-week projects is fun; but of course those monogrammed notecards are the piece-de-resistance, in all their pink glory! Your son's teacher is one lucky lady. Thanks for linking up to Color My Heart this week!

Shirley Ross, rockin' heARTist said...

Jen, you out did yourself. I love the cards!! Thanks for joining us at H2H.

Katy said...

Love all the projects and especially that you were able to cater them from the list you got! You're right on about teachers...wish it wasn't so but it is! Thanks for playing along and showing your appreciation to teachers everywhere!

Melinda Everitt said...

You have been busy! Love all the gifts and your cards and magazine file are beautiful. I have been wracking my brain for something that a teacher can use to send since I really do appreciate all of their hard work. Thanks for the ideas and thank you for joining us at H2H.

sarahstone said...

These are cute projects, Jen. I'm sure the teachers will really appreciate them! Thanks for playing at Color My Heart!


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