Xmas Gifts for Parents and Students

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  1. ttmbalston

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    Does anyone have any ideas for gifts for parents from students and does anyone have any ideas for gifts for students from teacher?

    I'd love to hear your suggestions.
     
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  3. TXTCHR29

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    We make the handprint calendar thats located at
    http://www.littlegiraffes.com/handprintcalendar.html

    Its a little time consuming, but they turn out so cute!!!

    As far as my students, I usually give them a book that I have purchased with bonus points from Scholastic.
     
  4. Peachyness

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    That's exactly what I plan to do too!! I also plan to make some ornaments.
     
  5. MissWilliams

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    The preschool forum has a thread on this subject, with some great ideas that could work for kinders. Have fun!!:)
     
  6. Deeena

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    Ok, so I really want to do the handprint calendar too. I recently saw that idea and wish I would have found it sooner so I could have started it a couple months ago! How are you doing the calendar (a couple kids at a time, in small groups...?) Also, how many pages of the calendar are you going to do in a day? I was thinking of having the 5th grade buddies come in (they do reading and projects with us sometimes) and help paint their kinder buddy's hand. With their help I could probably get several pages of the calendar done in a day. I really want to do this with my class, but time is so tight right now!

    Take care!
     
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    I would suggest getting a parent helper to help you out. I am making this calendar also and I wouldn't trust 5th graders (it will be a great keepsake for parents). Get at least 2 parents to help you--they can do pull out. I am planning on doing 1 - 2 pages a day because I am doing mine on regular paper so that I could laminate the pages (teachers in my school are not allowed to use the laminator).
     
  8. Peachyness

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    I just started doing the handprint calendar today. I'm going to do a page a day, so I should be done by December 12, if I keep it up. I'm doing their handprint during center time.
     
  9. mrsammieb

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    I love the handprint calendar idea. I better get started. One a day seems reasonable. Uggh. I hate being behind!
     
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    BTW, does anyone have the paper with border and calendar on it to share? I'd love to steal the formate to make it less work for me?
     
  11. MissFrizzle

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    As for gifts from the teacher to the students.... how about some pencils with Mrs.____________ 's class and the year.??? Or Happy holidays from __________________
     
  12. JaimeMarie

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    My younger students are making calendars. But not handprint ones. They are making ones that they draw for each month. They are also making tea light candle holders out of baby food jars. They painted tissue paper onto the outside of the jar and then sprinkled glitter on it. They came out very cute.
     
  13. mafm

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    We have our children bring in a potholder in solid color or a oven mit. We paint their hands with fabric paint and it is a great keepsake for parents. We put their name and year onit also. We also have done little baby food jars and used their fingerprints to make snowmen and attach a little poem with it.
    I don't have the poem on hand but if you want it I can get it for you. We put a small votive in the jar.
    We have also done neckties for dads with their hand made into santa, they were a big hit.
    We usually make some sort of ornament also with a photo in it. Popsicle shape trees and put the photo in the middle. Hope these help
     
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    I am trying to make the calendar template and it is so hard. How do you get the calendar on there?
     
  15. Peachyness

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    Well, what I ended up having to do was I went into microsoft works and I created January calendar using table. Then, I filled in the numbers. I copied the calender and made 11 copies. I just went through and changed the months and the dates. Then, I went to little giraffe, copied and pasted the poems onto a seperate document. I printed out all forms, got out my scissors and tape and put them onto a seperete sheet. It ended up looking just like little giraffe's. Then, on Monday, I made 20 copies of each page during my lunch time. And got started right after. All in all, it really didn't take that long. It took me about an hour to make the calendars and about 15 minutes to make all of the copies.
     
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    I don't know if this calendar will work with your craft, but most computers can create a calendar. I have Work and it is in templates.
     
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    sorry--not work--WORD
     
  18. gpsysngbrd

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    In the past we've done things like mousepads (fun foam) since all of our parents work for Motorola.

    Last year we did "snowman soup"

    A couple of years ago we just bought cheap picture frames from Michael's, let the kids paint them and then put a recent picture of them in.

    This year I got REALLY inventive. We use a lot of Dr. Jean's music in my classroom and the kids LOVE it. Originally we were just going to make copies of our CD for the families, then I thought it would be cool to videotape. We videotaped all the songs and made like a little music video on DVD! Its about 22 minutes long. We also created our own cover for the case with all the kids pictures on it.
     
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    ...and what did you do about copywrite laws?
     
  20. Peachyness

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    So you video taped the kids singing her songs? That's creative and cute! Blue's right though, I also wonder about the copyright laws.
     
  21. gpsysngbrd

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    On the CD cover it does say All Songs Performed by Dr. Jean.
     
  22. jgrosman

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    Candy cane ornament. Shape Xtra Large pipe cleaners into candy canes. String red and white beads onto it. Twist ends. Computer disc snowman. On shiny side of disc spread glue. Sprinkle with table salt. Roll orange construction paper for carrot nose and put in center {the cd hole) Cut circes out for mouth and eyes glue over salty (snowy) face. (for extra effect you can use white glitter instead of salt) Have them make a hat out of paper and glue on top. These are adorable when hung with invisible thread thru the halls or in room.
     
  23. JaimeMarie

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    By the way don't do what I did with the calendars. Only first year teachers that don't know any better would do it haha.

    First I made the calendars month by month. On the longer paper 11 by 17 or what ever it is. On top I had the month. Bottom blank calendar.
    Next I had the students write the dates into the calendar than draw and color a picture on each month.
    Than I glued them down onto construction paper. Than the kids painted a boarder onto the construction paper, and last I laminated them. Oh my goodness. I probably will never do that again. Two students aren't even finished yet. I did not realize how long it would take!
     
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    The Kindergarten Reindeer is pretty easy...Trace their footprint on brown construction paper and cut it out for the reindeer head. Glue it onto white construction paper and have them hand-print the antlers on either side. Cut out a red circle nose and have the kids draw eyes in black marker...
    The poem:
    I've placed my foot and my tiny hands here
    To make you my Kindergarten Reindeer!
    (date at the bottom)
     
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    Jaime, sounds like some of my old projects. Now I don't even think about it!! More power to you, though. I still have one my son made in K. There was a photo on the inside of the front cover and each of the pages had a cutout that the face showed through. Then they colored around the face. So, for December you could see your child's face under the Christmas tree or in the manger!! It was precious.
     

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