If you watch the book orders this time year Scholastic offers chapter books etc for 95 cents. I usually try to use some of my bonus points to buy books, and then pay for the rest. I also give them a pack of bubble gum. Kids love bubble gum, and you can get 4 in a package of bubblicious.
Last year I gave each of my kids a coupon for a free book pick from Scholastic that way they could pick a book that was of interest to them. My class this year love mechanical pencils, so I was thinking of getting each student one of those. I cannot wait to hear some other ideas.
when school starts and supplies are cheap, I buy the 24 box of crayons. So, I give them a book, pencil, crayons & bookmark. I usually put a jingle bell or two on a pipe cleaner and twist the ends into a circle (bracelet or just to hold) for singing all those fun Christmas songs.
is make up several different type of business card tickets for each student to redeem like coupons. I have done the pencils, little gifts, etc. I decided a couple of years ago to do the coupons that I made up using Word and those have been the biggest hit with my students. Last years class suggested at the end of the year that I should do the gift coupons more often. I hope this helps.
I buy colored pencils during the August sales, then I make personalized sketch books for each student using the plastic ring binder machine at work, some pretty colored cardstock for the cover and put their name on it. I used my Cricket electronic die cut for the names, but you could do something else. They love them and I can afford it.
For some reason my kiddos love dry erase boards and markers! You can buy a sheet of dry erase board and have it cut down to size for like 20 bucks at home depot or lowes. With a permanant marker, I write their name on it! As far as dry-erase markers--I can get a box at school--or you can get them at sam's, costco, or walmart for cheap. I find this to be a great present.
How do you order from Atlas? Are you talking about atlaspen.com? I looked on there and can't figure out how to order less that a billion pencils. Ok, not that many, but it only says you can order in large quantities. How did you order so few?
I'm attaching the Christmas coupons I used last year. I "merged" their names onto them prior to printing.
I also order a set of pencils from Atlas. I usually do that early in September so as not to forget.
I've given books in the past, and although I still think it's a great idea, I often find that the kids could care less about them. This year I have purchased a mancala game board at Target for each child. They are wooden, come with "stones" and about $5.00. I buy 5 every time I go to Target so that I don't feel the crunch in my wallet so badly. I love mancala, as do my students. I can't wait to give them this year.
I don't think parents have any idea of how much time, love and money we put into the gifts. I don't really remember receiving gifts from teachers. Although, when I was in fifth grade my teacher made each of us a banner out of burlap. Each one had a felt symbol on it representing something the student was interested in. (Mine was a violin). They were to be hung in our bedrooms and we could pin important papers/photos to them. I really cherished it! I wish I were more crafty.
I also get the personalized pencils for my students. If you get the catalog it says Atlas company, but if you look for the website it is www.forteachersonly.com. It is also free shipping for the lower 48 states and there is a minimum order of $25. The teacher in the classroom next door and I order together to get over the minumum purchase amount.
I buy mittens from Walmart or Target that come two in a pack for about $2.00. Next, I sort them out, boy colors and girl colors. I get that puffy permanet paint and write each kids name on the mittensat the top part where you place them on. I let them dry and tie some colored x-mas string around them and place them on their desks. I love to see their faces when they come in and see their gifts. They love wearing them and cannot stop staring at their names. I figure many kids in my school do not have mittens to keep them warm so I think it is a good gift. It literally costs about $20.00 to get a gift for the whole class since I have 18 students.
I make the kids notepads with their names and a clip art that represents an interest or trait of theirs. I create them in Word... 2 to a page (so the finished pad is 5 x 7) and then purchase neon colored paper and run them off in school. I take them to a local printer to be "cut and padded" into tablets. The printer charges around $15 for this and paper runs around the same. (around 50 sheets per tablet)
This has always been well received and the kids love seeing what kind of clip art is used on each one.
The teachers in our grade get together at someone's house and paint gloves for our students. We use those little cheap ones ($1.00 pr. or less) We make them festive or sports related for the boys. We include their names in paint! The kids love them
I make a scarf for each of my students. I buy 2 different fleece materials (one for the boys and another for the girls). I use a rotary cutter and quilting board (I think that's what it's called!). I cut them about 6 inches wide, cut some fringes on the bottom and it's done! The kids love them! I usually give them their gift first thing in the morning and they wear them all day. I still see some of the scarves being worn from previous years.
I was at wits end wondering what to give my kids. Christmas coupons are a great idea. Thanks. In the past, I have tried Scholastic coupons for cheaper books - the kids don't seem to appreciate them. I have given out bags of candy but with our Christmas party the last day of school it seems like overkill.
Gifts to me... I have asked kids to give school supplies - pencils, lined paper, markers, colored pencils. All of the things I am running out of.
In place of a Pollyanna, I am having kids bring in an item for indoor or outdoor recess... jump ropes, sidewalk chalk, balls of any kind, board games for inside recess. Of course, all of this is voluntary on the students part.