This year, we were very blessed to have amazing teachers for both of our children. Our younger daughter started in 2-day preschool, and was enjoying it so much, we moved to 3 days a week after the Christmas break. Her teacher and teacher-aide have been really good with her, making her use her words more since she is so quiet and shy, and we have definitely seen a great change in her through the school year. She is very much looking forward to going to pre-K 5 days a week, still half days. Our older daughter started in kindergarten, but moved to 1st grade after the 1st quarter (she has a late birthday, so didn’t make the cut off last year, but was over-ready this year), and her teachers (one in the morning, one in the afternoon) were really great with helping her transition into the class and help her learn and grow throughout the year so she is all set to head to 2nd grade next year. We have many things to be thankful for, and decided to show our appreciation with a Get Ready for Summer by the Pool or at the Beach themed gift. I got the inspiration from Lori at My Kinda Rain, she posted a picture on Facebook of some items she was buying at Target for a similar theme.
Here is what each gift had:
- Woven bags: Found at the dollar spot in Target for $3 each
- Beach towel: Found at K-Mart on sale for $4.99 each. I folded the towel in thirds, then rolled up leaving part unrolled to come up the back of the bag and stick out of the top.
- Puzzle book: Found at Target in the magazine section, $3.99 each
- Pencils: Found at Dollar Tree, pack of 4 for $1
- Large plastic water cup: Found at the dollar spot at Target for $1 each
- Flip flops: Found at the dollar spot at Target for $1 each
- “Fun” drink glass: Found at the dollar spot at Target for $1 each
- Bag of Flipz pretzels: Found at the dollar spot at Target for $1 each
- Box of 10 Crystal Light lemonade On-the-go packets: Found at Target for $2.49 each
- Neutrogena SPF 55 sunscreen with bonus lip balm: Found at Target for $7.99 each
- After sun aloe: Found at the dollar spot at Target for $1 each
Total: $27.71 each
Then, we also used construction paper to cut out hearts and they each wrote notes to their teachers. Well, my older daughter did her own and my younger daughter dictated hers to me to write, but she did write her own name.
My goal had been to spend about $25 for each teacher, and I was just over that. But, trust me, they deserve it! Both girls have enjoyed their teachers, and we wanted to make sure to show them that. The gifts were well received, one is headed to San Diego soon for a trip, and said she will be taking it all along with her.