Feeling Appreciated and Happy Mother’s Day!

by becky on May 12, 2012

Hi Everyone~ Happy Teacher Appreciation Week. I have to say, this year I was really spoiled by one of my students (and his mom) :). I wanted to share her sweet ideas because honestly, they made my day each morning, and it was really nice to feel so appreciated.

Here is a breakdown of what special suprise was found on my desk each day:

Who doesn’t love a box of donut holes on Monday morning?

A delicious basket of fruit!


I LOVE m&m’s

Delicious and seriously addicting cookies!

I appreciate all the time it took to buy, make, and put together each gift and I LOVE how creative each gift was. When I tried to hug the little guy that gave me each of these, I thought he was going to jump on the ceiling. He is one of my few goobers who does NOT like girls. lol. He did give me a solid handshake. I’ll take what I can get! 🙂

In other news, Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and I wanted to try a new craft with my kids this year. In the past my students have created poems, framed scrapbook pages, bracelets, and decorated candles. This year, I wanted my students to make a personalized soap dispenser for their moms.First, I had the students write a message with a sharpie on a full sized bordered sheet of computer paper. They could create their own message or use a poem I found and tweaked for the ocassion. They added their own special touches and made sure to wish their mom’s a Happy Mother’s Day. Then, I used the school’s copy machine to scan each page. I took each scanned picture and resized  them to 3×2 to fit the soap dispensers. Next, I printed the labels on good old overhead transparencies. I only needed three sheets for all 24 labels. The trick is to make sure you use a laser printer. If you use an inkjet printer the ink runs as soon as it gets wet. After that, I took cut each label and put them in the newly softsoap label free bottles of soap. Thank you Goo gone. After a little adjusting, each label looked amazing. (You may be thinking that I should have let the kids do more, and next year, I will, but I wanted to make sure the projects turned out well and I was having a little bit of a control issue.) The next time I have my class do this project, THEY will use their tiny fingers to get the labels off. Definitely my least favorite part of the project.

When I showed them their soap dispensers they were soooo excited. They picked out cute ribbon and wrapped their gifts. Then they made adorable cards where they listed the top 10 things they love about their moms. Here is a shot of some of the finished projects…

and here’s a close-up of one of my kiddos bottles

The  poem reads:

This isn’t just a soap dispenser, as anyone can see.

It was made with my own hand, which is a part of me.

It comes with lots of love, especially to say,

I love you very much, and Happy Mother’s Day!

I’m hoping they love them as much as I do! Happy Mother’s day to any and all the mom’s out there (including the mom’s of fur-babies!!!).

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The REAL Teachers of Orange County May 13, 2012 at 2:02 am

That is so adorable! I’m a new follower and love your blog. Keep up the great work! 🙂

The REAL Teachers of Orange County


Laura May 29, 2012 at 1:15 am

I’m so jealous! Those are amazing!

Will Grade For Coffee


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