I often struggle with gifts for students. I definitely over-think things, trying to find exactly the right match for each individual student, trying to be environmentally and budget and time friendly, and (frequently) vastly over-estimating my crafty quotient. My favorite gifts are always books, but I wanted a little splash of Even More Special on top, so here's what I came up with for my fifth graders this year.
I decided I wanted to focus on the possibilities for students as they move on to middle school, and into the larger community and the world - and that became my theme. I wrote this free verse poem:
I found some cute globe squeeze balls and chocolate kiss stickers with a travel theme online. The globes have countries with labels, and the stickers have messages like "The World Awaits" and "Let the Adventure Begin."
Of course, I found a book for each student, too . . . because those are wonderful adventures.
Wishing "my" students a fond farewell as they leave elementary school and take on new roles and challenges! I will miss you, and at the same time, I am thrilled for you. Thank you for sharing this part of your path with me this year!
I've had the privilege of working with hundreds of students and families in IA, CT, NC, MO, TX, and Canada.