I finished the class teacher gift in the eleventh hour! This is the third year I have done this for Annie Kate's class and although time consuming I would do it again and again.
the last week of school I send out a secret paper to all the kids to take home and fill out. It has a list of questions that they fill in the blank. Here are the list from this year.
- Why Mrs. Thorp will make a great mom to Anna (her teacher is pregnant)
- Where does Mrs. Thorp live?
- What I love most about Mrs. Thorp
My favorite thing Mrs. Thorp taught me this year
- What is Mrs. Thorp's favorite color?
- What doe she love to eat for lunch?
- Mrs. Thorp loves me because...
- What I will miss most about being in Mrs. Thorp's class
- What I hope to never forget about this year.
Then I compile these questions and answers and print them out on sheets of paper the size of dollar bills. I go to the bank and get 100 brand new bills. It will only work with brand new ones.
Then I make a cover for the front and a piece of chip board for the back.
I put a dollar then a slip of paper over and over.
I use a compound glue that is used for making note pads of paper, the possiblities are endless. I will have to find a national resource, i just buy mine at a wholesaler in town.
I paint the glue at the top of each sheet, clamp down with clamps. In a few hours you have a pad of paper, that does not come apart.
The cover says,
"100 things we love and will miss about Mrs. Thorp. From the class of 2006"
The answers are priceless.
I know it is too late for most people to do this but next year i would keep it in mind. you could even do it with your own child and just have them fill out a sheet of a bunch of questions.
The younger the children the funnier the answers to the "where does she live" most say at the school or with her mother. This year one boy wrote" she lives in a kitchen with grapes and green wall paper on the wall"
One boy wrote, she loves me because I have red hair.
I made a gallery with detailed photos. enjoy