Student GiftsMy typical project, Smile File, is an absolutely beautiful way to end the year, but it does take time. Being with the kids half-time, I realized I just couldn't give it the time it deserved, so I had to adjust it a bit and get creative in the afternoons during my daughter's nap times.
Tagxedo.com to the rescue! I blogged about this site earlier HERE and knew it would be the perfect tool to create a unique and personalized bookmark for each student.
I began by passing out a class list that I typically use to mark assignments. Since it was the end of the year, I had lots extra, so it worked out great! I blogged about this list HERE and recommend reading the post or bookmarking it for later (it's one of my most-read EVER!).
Each student circled his/her name on the list they received and then had the challenge of writing just ONE word next to the other students' names in the class. This proved to be much harder than I thought! So many kids wanted to default into a sentence! We also talked as a class about what types of words to use (so they weren't all "nice" and "kind") and I also encouraged that they not use any word more than once. Obviously, some did, but it allowed for much more creative words to come forth.
I collected these lists and, with my husband's help, wrote a Word document with the child's name on top and all of the words the students wrote about him/her below. I then copied and pasted that list into Tagxedo.com and used their dolphin shape, since that is our school mascot!
I kept the settings the same and pasted the next student's words into the template, remembering to add his/her name to the list so it would show up in the graphic as well.
With the copying, pasting, and saving, it became very routine and went quickly! I printed the images two to a page and then cut them out, laminated them, and cut them out again for a quality bookmark they can use all summer and hopefully into next school year. The end result is just beautiful!
|This was taken pre-laminating so it wouldn't have the glare, but you get the idea :)|
Support Staff GiftsI am so fortunate to work with an amazing group of adults in our school that help keep me sane throughout the year, which is no small task ;)
I wanted to show my appreciation in some way, but funds at the end of the year are tight and so is time. Thankfully, I remembered this dilemma earlier this year and actually *planned ahead* (gasp!) for these wonderful ladies!
My friend, Blair, from One Lesson at a Time, has a beautiful paper shop called BlairTurnerPaper.com. She came out with these amazing weekly planner pads that I *knew* I had to get my hands on! I was also fortunate to pick these up during a sale!
I hope these gave you some ideas for your own class, either this year or next. I'm on summer break, but I will still be writing lots of ideas over the next few months since I will finally have some time to sit and focus! Yay! Be sure you're subscribed to my blog so you can get my posts to your inbox to read anytime--- click HERE to get started. Have a great week!