I have to share! My Open House was tonight and I am sooooo happy that I got the idea to give my parents the "Apple for the teacher" poem along with an apple as a welcome gift. It went over very well and EVERY parent left with a smile!! For those of you who are unfamiliar with the poem, it is: "An apple for the teacher, is never anything new. Especially when you remember, that parents are teachers too!" I had every child write out the poem on pretty paper, then we wrapped candy apples in beautiful red transparent gift wrap with a bow. Cute! The whole project cost me no more than $20!!! I bought candy apples from a local grocery store which came three for $1.99. And the wrapping paper was $1.00 at the Dollar Tree!!! My kids were so excited to prepare this for their parents, and this put a positive tone into every parent-teacher conversation! When they walked in and saw the beautiful gift, and realized it was a candy apple, read the poem......I knew I sparked the beginning of some good parent-teacher relationships! THANK YOU ALL FOR THAT IDEA!!:2up: Our conversations were all about how they can help their child at home more & I just felt the willingness to do their part. (I even had a few parents from last year peek into my room & say hello which made me feel really good. I also had like 5 students from last year visiting me instead of visiting their own teacher!:lol: I had to kick them out.) My collegues peeked in & gawked (sp?)over the idea. I know alot of them will do the same next parent-teacher conference day. LoL!! My parents LOVED the poem!:wub:And I think I planted a tiny seed in their heads about their role in their child's education.