Give an end-of-year gift to a teacher

Updated: Hey early readers, don’t miss the kindergarten card added below.

Here’s an idea for a preschool teacher, or perhaps a daycare provider or other instructor leaving for a summer break…

With you as transcriber, have your child write a note to the teacher highlighting what your kid liked about their time together. And, buy the teacher a gift.

This idea arrives via a family friend whose kindergartner wrote a card and third grader wrote a letter to their teacher. They are included below. Only the names have been changed…

A photo of Fiona's artwork showing a blond girl's face separated into six pieces and glued onto a black piece of paper and assembled loosely like a puzzle.

Dear Mrs. Carbuncle,

i hope you have a good summer. i lovde What you teached Me. i Loved When you tot me about sea. Love Fiona.

P.S. Mrs. Carbuncle squeak rocks! thank you for letting us have squeak.

[Squeak is a duck they hatched in class.]

The artwork above was on the cover of the card given to Mrs. Carbuncle. It’s actually stationary. Student artwork was scanned and turned into real stationary as a school fundraiser.

Mrs. Carbuncle received a rose bush. Fiona wanted to give her teacher a plant because the teacher is an avid gardener.

Mom says:

“Taking a 6-year-old to the nursery and letting her choose is pretty tricky. We gave this same teacher a Meyer lemon tree when Flynn [the older son] left her kindergarten class. We give kindergarten teachers the best presents we can think of. I feel kindergarten sets the tone for the rest of their schooling.”

Here is the older son’s letter:

Dear Mrs. Cromulent,

It is unfortunate that I have to leave 3rd grade (especially just to go to 4th grade). As you know, I loved 3rd grade, but I observed some areas which might be improved for future students. I’ve had 9 months of experience as a third grader. Therefore, I believe that I’m qualified to make some suggestions. Before I say good bye, I would like to make a few of them.

One of the suggestions is that there should be recess all day, every day. Although none of us would’ve learned anything about Sequoia sempervirens, the Native American Indians, multiplication, the South American Rain forest, etc., the extra exercise would naturally enable us all to become pro athletes and earn millions of dollars a year. Then we could just hire someone to do our multiplication, South American geography, etc. Kids would also get very dehydrated from running around all day, so soda would have to come out of the water fountain instead of water to lure kids into drinking it (so that they don’t die of thirst).

Another suggestion I would like to make is that that if you DO raise your hand you either get expelled or owe 5 minutes on the bench (depending on how long you raise it for). Poor kids (like me) should have the right to shout out the answer if they know it, without getting scolded. And this is where it gets good. The school should also add some new equipment: an indoor soccer field with REAL grass that has a heater underneath, an indoor swimming pool with heated waters, a hot tub, a giant water slide, an indoor basket ball court, tennis court, roller rink, football stadium, and hiring an art teacher would suit my needs perfectly.

The school should also have some robot desks that are always organized. That would be VERY useful.

Oh? You’re wondering where to get all that money? We would plant a dollar in the ground and grow an entire orchard of money trees! Some unlucky child will have to go out every Tuesday to pick at least two tons of money.

I should be the principal of this dream-come-true school too. If I WERE the principal, I would make sure that there were at least 2 field trips a week if not more. I’ll talk to you in 4th grade.

Good Bye,

P.S. I don’t mind if you share this with other third grade teachers that are in need of some suggestions (just tell them that I did NOT write it). There’s 444 words in this letter. Including this sentence and that sentence.

Mom says…

“His teacher was extremely supportive of his writing and he wanted something she would remember being uniquely Flynn. The gift he gave her was a small ceramic plate with three air plants on it. These are a type of bromeliad which grow in the South American rainforest. They finished their year with a unit on this type of forest, comparing and contrasting to our local redwoods.”


One Response to “Give an end-of-year gift to a teacher”

  1. Tiffany says:

    Love the ideas for end of year thanks for teachers. My mom’s been a teacher for 30 years, and the “thanks” that she treasures are exactly these- letters, notes, and cards actually written (or at least signed, depending on age) by the students, and small gifts that have actual meaning- like the plants described. No mugs. No hokey apple stuff. Some teachers, yes, will say they “love it”. They are not the large percentage. You can only use so many mugs and “best teacher” signs before off they go to Goodwill or the Salvation Army. How about school supplies? Crayons? Markers? Glue? Super-big packs of colored paper? Things teachers need and buy out of THEIR OWN MONEY for your children (and mine) to use during the year, since I’m pretty sure by now we all know that schools just don’t have the money for that kind of stuff. So, make the gift meaningful or make it useful in the classroom. And the notes these children wrote are perfect! Thanks AJ for reminding everyone :) and I’ll get off my soapbox now.

    June 12th, 2009 at 11:39 am

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