End of Year Teacher Gift – Book of Memories (FREE Printable)

end of year teacher gift - book of memories! free printable included! this would be easy to do and the teachers will love it!

I always like to find meaningful ways to honor my kids’ teachers at the end of the year.

They are worth it.

**This idea comes from the lovely LeAna at A Small Snippet.**

I drew up a simple questionnaire (FREE Printable at bottom of post), printed them, placed them in large manila envelopes, and sent them home to all of the parents of the students in Happy Buddy’s class asking if they could fill it out with their kids as well as add a small photo of their child before returning it.

The responses we got were so adorable!

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I am so proud that my son’s fondest moment from class this year involved him using potty words (which, if you’re wondering, are ‘poop’, and ‘butt’) with a friend on the carpet.

He is clearly very serious about his education.

As a teacher myself, getting a keepsake like this is one of the best parts about being an educator!  You get a little peek into the way God used you in your student’s hearts that year.

A very rewarding feeling, indeed.

end of year book of memories for the teacher - so perfect!

Once everyone returned their filled out forms, I slipped them into some sheet protectors, created a collage of photos on PicMonkey for the cover design, and put everything into a binder.

I hope that Happy Buddy’s teachers will enjoy looking back through this book in the years to come.

And maybe YOUR child’s teachers will enjoy it too!

Here is the FREE Printable…

teacher questionnaire printable at happyhomefairy.com**Click HERE for your FREE Printable Teacher Memory Book Student Questionnaire**

Happy End of Year Teacher Gift-ing! :-)

P.S. Looking for more end of year teacher gifts? Don’t forget to check out my End of Year Gift Card Bouquet for the Teacher idea found HERE.

The Greatest Teacher Appreciation Door EVER

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This week was National Teacher Appreciation Week.

At our school, the class moms are responsible for decorating their child’s teacher’s classroom door.  You might remember that I was in charge of doing Happy Baby’s classroom door last year (see HERE) and Happy Buddy’s door the year before that (see HERE).

When I got to school on Monday morning, I found the above awesomeness on my own PreK-2 classroom door.

I may or may not have squealed like a little girl.

And all week long whenever I looked at my door I would just smile real big, sigh contentedly and think –

“THESE PEOPLE GET ME.”  :-)

It is an honor and a joy to serve all of my little fairies every day.  I am grateful for the extra sparkle they bring to my life! <3

– Julie

5 Simple Teacher Appreciation Gifts – FREE Printables

teacher appreciation free printables - 5 days of inexpensive and adorable and EASY gifts for the teacher! Leave it to me to bring you a post for Teacher Appreciation Day on the morning of National Teacher Appreciation Day.

You can call me the QUEEN of last-minute.  It’s cool.  I like to think that I live on the edge. :-)

In honor of my boys’ teachers, I thought it would be fun to give them a little happy each day this week.  Maybe you might like to see what we are doing…

teacher appreciation free printableDay 1 – EOS Strawberry Sorbet Lip Balm

teacher appreciation free printable - nutsDay 2 – Small bag of almonds

teacher appreciation free printable - notecardsDay 3 – Notecards (I found these Mary Engelbreit ones at Homegoods)

teacher appreciation free printable - candleDay 4 – Candle

teacher appreciation free printable - breakfast in a bagDay 5 – Breakfast in a Bag

Everything you see above I found at Target.

*And those cute FREE Printable tags you can print by clicking HERE.*

I seriously love the women who teach my boys every day.  When my heart squeezes thinking about all the time I miss out on being with my little buddies because I have to work (which is A LOT of the time), I think of their teachers – their joyful, selfless, patient, Jesus-loving teachers – and I know that they’re in good hands.

Tonight the Happy Buddy sat down to make his teachers a few handmade cards.  One read, “I’m sorry for talking so much in class.  Will you please forgive me?”  My poor, highly verbose child is familiar with his weakness – ha!

And the other card read, “I love the way you hug.”

Thank you, Teachers!

Happy Teacher Appreciate-ing! :-)

Easy End of Year Teacher Gift – FREE Printable!

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 I recently asked my Facebook fans what their favorite, affordable mascara was.

This Maybelline mascara was by far the most mentioned!

And it is only $3.99!!!!

As I pondered an easy and inexpensive End of Year Teacher Gift, I thought who doesn’t love getting new make-up?

end of year teacher gift - $3.99 BAM!.jpgend of year teacher gift - $3.99 BAM!!.jpgSo I put together this little card with a silly pun and bought new Maybelline mascaras for all the boys’ teachers.

DONE.

**Click HERE for your FREE Printable End of Year Teacher Gift Tag**

Happy End of Year Teacher Gift-ing!

*For more great End of Year Teacher Gift Ideas go HERE.*

Adorable Teacher Appreciation Door Idea

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It’s Teacher Appreciation Week!

After church today a friend and I got to work on the Happy Baby’s classroom door.

You know I am a bit passionate about the movie Frozen.

And that Olaf is just so endearing.  Adults Kids love him.

So we went with it. :-)teacher door 3.jpgteacher door 4.jpgteacher door 2.jpg

A simple ribbon border, coffee filter snowflakes, and a hand-drawn Olaf – boom.

Super adorable.

We think the teachers will like it.

Meanwhile my children were getting into all manner of shenanigans in the hallway while we were busy creating.

The Happy Baby has a giant scratch down the side of his face that we are still unsure of its origin.

:-)

teacher door 5.jpgAre you doing anything for your teachers this week?

Check out all of my Teacher Appreciation Ideas and FREE Printables HERE.

And if you’re looking for more Door Decorating Inspiration, go HERE.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Door Decorate-ing!

10 Ways to Bless Your Child’s Teacher

The Happy Buddy’s classroom is straight across the hall from my classroom.

His teacher lets me pop in and give him a snuggle whenever I need one.

Already we have been so blessed by her faithfulness to provide a loving, nurturing and Christ-centered environment for our boy!

It’s so important to establish a positive relationship with your child’s teacher.  Not just because they invest a whole heaping ton of their lives in our kids, but also because when we are confident in the teacher, our children will be as well.

And that makes for the foundation of a great school year.

Here are some little ways you and your Happy Buddy can bring a little joy into their teacher’s life in the coming months…BLESS THE TEACHER

Happy Blessing Your Teacher-ing! :-)

*Check out all of my other Teacher Appreciation Ideas by scrolling through HERE.*

Gift Card Bouquet for the Teacher

Gift Card Bouquet for the Teacher at happyhomefairy.com

I saw this idea over at Family Fun a few years ago and have always had the itch to make one myself!

As I mentioned HERE, teachers really love getting gift cards more than anything else (especially more than crayon monograms or mugs).  If you don’t believe me, you should check out THIS POST – it’s pretty hilarious. :-)

teacher gift3I emailed all of the mommies in the Happy Buddy’s preschool class and asked if they could send in 2 gift cards of any amount (1 for the teacher and 1 for the teacher’s assistant.  They happen to be a mother-in-law/daughter-in-law duo so they share the same name!).  I gave them some suggestions of our teachers’ favorite places – restaurants, stores, etc. – in case they wanted to cater the gift cards to their personal tastes.

I also printed these cute flowers (from HERE – found under the May 2013 issue) and sent them home with the students to decorate.

teacher gift2Once the gift cards and flowers were returned, I set to work!

I painted 2 terra cotta pots that I picked up at JoAnn’s in a pretty blue.

After they dried, my super awesome friend who has a Silhouette machine helped me add the teachers’ names and some adorable little polka dots.  Good gracious, do any of y’all own a Silhouette machine???  Oh my word, my life has changed!!!

teacher gift4A little ribbon around the top of the pot was just what we needed for a little extra pop!

I stuck a styrofoam ball in the pot, drizzled hot glue on top and then covered it with leftover Easter grass.

teacher gift5For the flowers, I stuck them to lollipop sticks (cut to different lengths) and added the gift cards with tape.

teacher gift6I think that’s it!

It was really easy once I had all the pieces that I needed to put it together.teacher gift1

If you have time, this is a really great gift idea that is SURE to be a winner with your Happy Buddy’s teacher.

Happy Gift Card Bouquet-ing! :-)