Posts Tagged ‘kindergarten’
As I was putting together our “Summer Survival” end of the year teacher gifts, I got the idea to put together “Welcome To Summer” buckets for the kids!
Today is P1′s last day of Kindergarten (seriously, how did THAT happen?!), and I since she was kind of bummed to hear she wouldn’t have any school for over 2 months, I think she’ll really enjoy her little gift.
I grabbed some fun stuff from the dollar tree and put it all into a beach bucket. Nothing is very extravagant, just a few fun things just for Summer!
I wrote on the sand bucket with a permanent marker and inside I put some new goggles for swimming, bubbles, squirt gun, water balloons, a beach ball, and fun crazy straw cup.
Today is P2′s last day of preschool (he moves on to Pre-K next year) so I put one together for him, and I couldn’t leave out baby so she has her own bucket too
I plan on giving them their buckets when I pick them up from school today (and I just may have a car FULL of beach balls!) and we are heading to the pool!
What do you have planned for the end of the school year? Any fun “Welcome to Summer” traditions? I’d love to hear them!
Yesterday I posted about the gifts I put together for P2′s preschool teachers (click HERE to see them). Since there are four teachers I wanted something cute but that did not cost too much. We came up with Summer Survival Buckets and I can’t wait for him to give them out tomorrow!
For P1′s Kindergarten teacher I stuck with the same “Summer Survival” theme but on a slightly larger scale.
For this basket I used a straw tote I found in the Target dollar section ($2.50) and filled it with summer goodies. I tried to include things you would want for a trip to the beach or the pool.
I added a magazine, candies, 100 calorie chocolate cookie snacks, a box of individual drink mixes, a beach towel ($6), to go cup ($4), and bottle of sunscreen and lip balm ($6 for both~I had coupons). Just for fun I also added a beach ball
Tied off with a ribbon and thank you note it turned out really cute!
What do you get the teachers?
I’ve been racking my brain for the last couple of days on what to give the P’s teachers as an end of the year ‘Thank You’. Especially P2′s preschool teachers….there are 4 of them!
I didn’t want to do a gift card because it just seems so impersonal, and of course I procrastinated (it’s my middle name) and didn’t have time to make or order anything cute and personalized with pictures.
I also didn’t want to do some wall picture or handprint art craft because lets be honest, does a teacher really keep all of those?!
I had remembered seeing on a blog somewhere (don’t ask me where because I honestly don’t know the link) a while ago, a mom had given her child’s teacher a beach towel, magazine, and bottle of sunscreen and tied them together with a ribbon. I thought it was a great idea but I like to get a little more creative with my packaging….it can make even the most simple gifts look so much more thought out. And, since P2 has four teachers it was going to get a little $$$ to buy each of them a beach towel and bottle of sunscreen. So………
I found these adorable buckets in the dollar bin at Target and had an idea! “Summer Survival” gifts for each of them!
In each bucket I included a travel size sun screen ($1), a vaseline lip balm ($1), a plastic water bottle ($1), a candy, a bag of 100 calorie cookie snacks, and a few individual drink mixes from snapple and crystal light. Total I spent around $5 per gift and they were quick and easy to throw together.
We are doing something similar for P1′s Kindergarten teacher, but I’ll have to wait until after we give it to her on Thursday to post
Today I send my baby, my first born, off to Kindergarten. I will take pictures and gush over how adorable she looks in her Hello Kitty T-shirt and pink Princess backpack. I will kiss her goodbye and her journey will start.
But this is not JUST the first day of Kindergarten. This is the first day of her educational career. Starting today she will say goodbye every morning Monday through Friday and head off to her classroom. During the summers I will get my time, but she will miss her friends. She will attend Kindergarten, Elementary School, Middle School, and High School finally leaving us for College.
Today starts her journey to learning and growing. This is the day that her life, and ours are changed forever.
I know I often overthink things but now when you see me wiping away tears as I send her in to her little classroom you will know why.
*I love you Peyton. You are such a strong and beautiful girl. I wish you the best today and know you’ll succeed far past anyone’s expectations*
By now I think we have ALL hear of the Silly Bandz craze and just about every
one of our children have jumped on the Silly Bandz band wagon….My 4 year old daughter included. Yes, my 4 year old! I was hoping to get away from this trend since no one in her preschool had them but, alas, one of her best friends in VA was our next door neighbor and he was a big kid…Kindergarten to be exact! She immediately fell in love when he came home and gave her some sort of a purple princesses stretchy thing to put on her wrist and has been asking for them ever since!
So we all know what they are, that the kids love them, that they trade them with their friends and they’re ‘LIKE THE COOLEST THING EVER!’…but did you also know they can be used as a parenting tool?
Yes, a parenting tool! Throwout the stickers, charts, and treasure boxes…we’ve found a new REWARD SYSTEM!
Yesterday, I finally broke down and bought a pack of these crazy rubber bands and brought them home for Miss P. But, there was a catch! After I let her oooh, and aaaah over all the really cool shapes and prance around with them happily on her wrist I explained the rules.
I told her that those were her Silly Bandz and she could keep ALL of them….but….on the condition that she did not break any rules. If she breaks a rule I take away one silly band. I also told her that she can earn them back, and more (because apparently you have to have them strung halfway up both arms in order to look cool).
These are someone the things she may get one taken away for:
1. whining-this is a big problem in our house lately
2. not cleaning up her toys
3. talking back-she likes to negotiate just how many chores she’s going to do and when she’s going to do them
3. fighting/not sharing with her brother.
*she gets one warning for each offense and then OFF WITH THE SILLY BANDZ!
Some ways she can earn them back:
1. doing all of her chores for the day/not whining about it
2. doing something extra to help someone