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May 2nd, 2014 at 9:14 am

Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

Teacher Appreciation Ideas

Next week (May 5-9, 2014) is Teacher Appreciation Week. This is such a great way to let anyone who “teaches” our children know how much we appreciate their hard work.

One of my favorite things to do is to make a bucket filled with all of a teacher’s favorite things! As you can see in the picture, we fill it with snacks and even a little gift card for them to spend on lunch or an ice cream snack! This is helpful because I have the teacher fill out a wish list at the start of the year telling us some of their favorite things!

Soap Dispenser Gift

Teacher Plant Gift 

Sweet Teacher Gift

Journal Blessing Gift

Chips and Soda Gift

Target Gift Card Holder

Homemade Sweet Treat

Super Hero Appreciation

Homemade Soap Dispenser

Tape or Glue Gift

Teacher Qualities Frame

For more great ideas, you can also check out our Gifts for Teacher board on Pinterest!

I’ve done several of these ideas, but the best thing about them is that you can adapt them to celebrate the teacher’s birthday, teacher appreciation week, or even an end-of-year gift. Take some time to show your appreciation to the teachers in your kid’s life!



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August 21st, 2013 at 5:00 am

Coping with Back-to-School Jitters


Everybody remembers their very first day of school. While some of us may have been excited and walked right into the building without fear, a lot of us probably remember being afraid and not wanting to be left with a strange adult for the day. The first day of school doesn’t have to be scary for your first-time student. There are lots of ways to make your child feel at ease about taking this next gigantic step in his or her life.

First, try to get a tour of the school before the year begins. Show your child where he will be having classes, eating lunch, doing art projects, and where the bathrooms are. If at all possible, it may help to meet the teachers so that on the first day of school, your child will already know what they look like and what they are like.

Talk to your child about what school will be like. They will need to pay attention and listen to their teacher, but they will make friends and learn a lot of new things that they can tell you all about when you pick them up.

Your child may be clingy the first couple of days and want you to walk them into the building.  If the school allows this, then accommodate your child as he adapts to his new surroundings.  It might take a few days, but soon he will be able to say goodbye to you and walk in by himself.

School jitters don’t only affect the younger children. Even veteran students can experience anxiety over a new year and an unfamiliar curriculum. It’s important to be supportive, encourage them to simply do their best, and remind them of their successes in previous school years.

How have you helped your child cope with back-to-school jitters?

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May 21st, 2012 at 5:00 am

Making Hard Decisions About Your Children’s Future

Having kids isn’t easy….not that anyone tell you it is, but sometimes it can be really hard.

Earlier this year our school held Kindergarten Roundup. This is  where the kids that are planning on going to Kindergarten next year meet the Kindergarten teacher and she looks at what they may or may not need to work on over the summer. My youngest, Connor, turns five in June and will be age-appropriate for Kindergarten.

A week or so after he attended the Roundup I received a note from his preschool teacher (at the same school). She asked for a meeting with me and the Kindergarten teacher and the school principal. I knew…. this can’t be good.

Connor is a June birthday and my husband and I have always known that he is on the cusp of either going to Kindergarten at age five or being held back a year. I knew this is what they wanted to talk to me about. He was so excited for Kindergarten and so was I. When we held the meeting the decision was entirely in our hands, as parents, but they had some concerns about his maturity not being quite there. Deep down I agreed, but it was so hard sitting in the room with three educators, sharing that my son might tend to fall towards the bottom of expectations.

This killed me – did I do something wrong as a parent? I definitely had tears during the meeting…..

After we left the meeting I spent the next couple weeks investigating information to make the right decision. Of course, since I LOVE the Internet, I tried that as my first resource. I was disappointed that there were only negative articles that referred to holding a child back as “redshirting.” They made it sound as if everyone who held their child back was doing it to gain advantages by having an older child. It was very disheartening. My gut told me he did need to held back but I felt like society was against that.

I had to do my investigating elsewhere – mostly by talking to other parents. What I found out is the following:

  • Not one parent who held their child back ever regretted it, but some who didn’t did
  • All of them had confidence, maturity, and academic reasons for doing so
  • Several people told me to “follow my gut” because truly that is what tells what Connor needs

Since, then we have made the decision to have Connor start Kindergarten in another year. I will definitely have to “coach” him a little when his friends move up this year end I am not expecting an easy run at first. As parent’s we truly think our “gut” is to have him wait so he isn’t behind from the start. As parents we need to be our child’s cheerleaders and by sending him to Kindergarten just because his “age” is right, doesn’t mean he is ready. Don’t get me wrong, it tugs at my heart when I have to tell him he has another year before Kindergarten, but I have learned to not be afraid to make the hard decision and take my time making it. Sometimes you just have to do what is right for your child, whether they will like it or not.

It’s not fun to make the hard decisions, but it is the right thing to do!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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August 1st, 2011 at 5:00 am

How to get Ready for Kindergarten

Summer is starting to come to a close and you may have a little one approaching the start of Kindergarten.

It’s scary – for them and YOU.

I know all about it – a year ago I was in the same spot. Sometimes I think I was MORE anxious than my son. There were several things that led to my anxiety – my first born growing up to school age, his anxiety, new routines, new friends, and dealing with another person that would be watching my child for seven hours a day.

As nervous as I was I NEVER let my son know it. I knew that would make him even more anxious. Kindergarten is an exciting year – your child will make HUGE strides in learning and behavior. I found that the MORE I knew about what he was doing all day made me less anxious.

I got to know the teacher, principal and other key people in school well. I volunteered as much as I could without hovering. I asked my son about his day and tried to show as much enthusiasm as he did.

What do you need to know? It’s going to be hard for at least the first month and for some all the way through Christmas break. Going to school and learning for a full day is TOUGH work and you child will most likely come home hungry, tired, and need some down time. Take a while to figure out what kind of routine works the best for you and your Kindergartener. Know what is going on at school and don’t be afraid to ask questions. You are still the primary “Teacher” in your child’s life and need to make sure you are on the same page with what is expected and how your child is doing.

And – It’s OKAY to cry the first day. I remember sitting in my house around lunch time wondering who my son was eating with, if he ate enough lunch, and how his day was going. Then I cried. I think it was mostly the release of all my nerves. I was so proud of my son but still grieving the memory of the little boy who needed me all the time.

Next week I am going to share how to prepare your child for school so be sure to stop back!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.


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