A nice thank you note saying how much you appreciate them (from you and your child)
For younger teachers, holiday accessories-decorations, ornaments, etc.
plant for the holidays
holiday plate with cookies or other homemade goodies
teacher note cards with his/her name
stationery with his/her name
See related links below for more ideas!
(Side note: I say younger teachers, not that teachers that have been teaching a while
wouldn't like those things...but if they have taught for a few years they might already
have a fabulous collection from previous classes)
Items for the classroom:
books for the classroom library!!! *
Teacher books for resources
games for indoor recess
books for the classroom
craft supplies (particularly for younger grades)
Did I mention books for the class library?
*Books may seem a "boring" gift but to a teacher and students, they are indispensable!
Having multiple copies of books is definitely okay. Also having books at different
levels is very appropriate to accommodate all readers. In order to build a classroom
library with varying levels, teachers usually rely on bonus points from book orders
or have to purchase books for the library for the class. Having a vast selection
for students goes a long way to increase a lifetime interest in reading. You can
think of it as investment in your own child and many future generations of interested
readers! (They do not need to be new books! Next time you hit a book sale, garage
sale, or know books your children have outgrown pass them on to a teacher!!)
Class (Group) Gift:
If you have a little extra time, some items that are fun are:
a basket of new or gently used books for the teacher's library.
a teacher chair (like a directors chair) with everyone's signature from that year.
a tote bag with a theme and everyone's signature (I used a rectangular plain canvas
bag. I made it into a flag with a blue box in the upper left corner with a few stenciled
in stars--not colored in. The red stripes were the kids names written by them. I
taped the lines for the white stripes and let them sign in red fabric marker.)
a glass vase with signatures from the class written in craft paint pen for glass/plastic.
(I made flowers drawn onto the vase and the kids all signed into the petals. Up the
side I wrote "Thanks for helping us grow". Teachers always need vases.)
a teacher apron with everyone's signature on it (see craft store for plain ones)
a book from the kids--have the students fill out their best memories, things they
liked the most, things they didn't really like, funniest moments, most embarrassing
moments, what you liked best about the year, the teacher is great because..., (just
some ideas to get you started. I usually made out a form and sent it home secretly
with the kids to fill out and then came in one day at recess and took all their pictures
to mount on their individual pages. Start early and then put together into a book
for the teacher.)
a class picture framed with their memories of the year written on the matting with
Bring in a vase for the teacher and have each student bring in a flower...can be
for teacher appreciation or for Valentine's day bouquet!
For even more great Teacher Gift ideas, Theme Party ideas, and ideas for helping your school build a better Parent-Teacher Organization, visit PTOIdeas.com.