End of the year gifts for Room Parents
Every year I struggle with a gift worthy of my wonderful
room moms. I hear people from school talk about giving
stationary, plants, flowers, picture frames, which are
nice...but I just don't feel that these items are useful
or creative enough to show all of my appreciation for
the parents who've done so much for me. So I asked
fellow teachers online to email me with creative ideas
and here they are:
certificates to local nail salons for a manicure
I've given my room moms has been a "summer picnic"
basket. I get colorful plastic outdoor dishes at
Wal-Mart or Target. This year I got a large ice
bucket, four dinner plates, four bowls, four
colorful iced tea glasses, a pitcher, and colorful
silverware. I got them all in the same bright
orange color and added some iced tea mix and some
matching napkins. The moms loved it. It is
something they can use and it is relatively
inexpensive. Every year Wal-Mart and Target have a
beautiful selection of various colorful dishes and
matching serving pieces. They're usually back by
the outdoor/seasonal stuff.
-Charlene Rinehart, PA
I've also given Popcorn/Movie Night baskets which
included a relatively inexpensive family video (ask
the child what one they'd like, but don't yet have),
paper popcorn boxes (like the ones you'd see at a
theatre, I got them at Target!), pretty jars of
popcorn kernels, and jars of various flavored salts
and toppings. Again, it went over well cause it was
something they could do as a family.
-Charlene Rinehart, PA
"What We Know" Math Show
Give math some dramatic flair with an end-of-the-year
math show. Begin by asking the class to reflect on what
they have learned brainstorm and write ideas on the
board, breaking down bigger subjects into single
concepts. Then, ask students to work in pairs on a
single concept, inventing a novel way to present it.
They can create a short poem, artwork, or a model, or
they can perform their own "Schoolhouse Rock" song or a
television commercial that explains the concept.
Encourage the audience to participate!
Bob Krech, Dutch Neck School,
Princeton Junction, NJ
ABCs of 3rd Grade
Students write an ABC story about things they've learned
in 3rd grade. It will be something they'll want to keep
as a memory!