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Friday, December 11, 2015

'Tis the Season for Giving: Holiday Gift Ideas for the Classroom

Today is the twelfth and final day of the Unwrapping Holiday Classroom Ideas event with Focused on Fifth. This has been such a great event, filled with so many ideas. But I have to admit I'm going to take a week or two off of blogging after this!

I am also blogging on Focused on Fifth today, where I talked about gifts for parent helpers and coworkers. But what about all those gifts you receive? After 18 years of teaching, I have plenty of apple things. Apple mugs, apple signs, glass apples, apple pictures...need I go on? Unless it's a homemade caramel apple, I've probably got enough apple stuff. So how about making it easy for your students to buy something you need for the classroom? Each year we put a small tree outside of each classroom door. Then the teacher lists items that are needed for the classroom and students can take the ones they would like to donate.

Somehow I missed out on the snowflake sticky notes, so my tree just got bright colored square ones. My students didn't care, they have taken most of the notes already.

I try to list things that I can't get from our supply room such as:

  • Highlighters-perfect for marking parts in reader's theaters
  • Clorox wipes - keep those winter germs from spreading
  • Hand sanitizer - get a squirt before you go to lunch
  • Diaper wipes- perfect for erasing your writing on lamination and for students to clean off their desks after writing on them with dry erase markers
  • Paper goods- plates, napkins, cups, bowls, real paper towels....I can go through a lot of these each year
  • Ziploc bags- it seems like I use them in all sizes from 2-gallon to snack size
  • Febreze- it sure helps the smell of the coatroom in the winter time when it never seems to dry out and there's lots of boots and shoes to stink it up
  • A bag of potting soil - just thinking ahead to spring planting
  • Hairspray and liquid starch - for art projects
I also put up gift cards to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Walmart, and Target. Then I can pick up what we need in the classroom and they can choose any amount. Another thing that people like to get are books. But if you are like me, I already have loads of books. So I pick out some of the books from my wishlist and write them down. That way we get books that I want to use in my teaching and I don't get duplicates.  Most parents love knowing what we need in the classroom and those who want to do something else, don't have to take anything off the tree. Plus it really saves me time and money when I have all of these supplies on hand.

To see the schedule of all twelve days or to get directions for linking up yourself, click on the Focused on Fifth blog button. Missed a day? Links to each day are on the schedule.
Hop on over to these blogs for more great classroom gift ideas.

1 comment:

  1. Cute idea! Great way to get what you need and still decorate. :)