Last week was Teacher Appreciation Week and, as usual, I picked up gift cards for each of Lovebug and Littlebug’s teachers. While I know that gift cards are the most practical gifts for teachers, I find them to be really impersonal. So, I like to include something thoughtful (like this, this or this) to convey how much we truly appreciate the fabulous teachers we have been blessed to have in our lives.
This year, I made cards based on the popular children’s book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, by Laura Joffe Numeroff. Have you read the book? It is so clever and fun for kids of all ages!
Lovebug’s loves this book (check out some of Lovebug’s other favorite books here) so it was fitting to create a card based on the same concept. After lots of thought and many iterations, I ended up with a heartfelt card that, I feel, reflects the role teachers play in their students lives.
I couldn’t be happier with how the cards turned out and our teachers loved them!!
Here’s how I made them…
If you give a teacher a student poem (below)
Colorful card stock, cut to 5 1/2 x 8 and folded in half so the 5 1/2 sides meet
Unfortunately, I didn’t take pictures as I went along. But, the process was pretty easy so I’m pretty sure an explanation will suffice.
I simply printed the poem on paper, setting the paper size 1/4 inch smaller than my card stock on all sides. I ended up spreading the poem over 2 pages, leaving room on the bottom of the second page for a hand written note. I also created a simple cover for the card.
Then, I cut the paper and glued the poem onto the card stock.
We signed the cards with a little note, tucked the gift card inside and sealed the cards into our envelopes.
Easy-peasy and super cute!
If You Give a Teacher a Student
Based on the book If you Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
If you give a teacher a student, they’re going to teach them things like math, science and grammar.
When they teach these subjects, the students will get smart and excited about learning.
When they get excited about learning, they will become curious about other subjects.
So, the teachers will indulge their curiosity through experiments and hands on learning.
As they teach their students, teachers will realize that they don’t just spend their day teaching, but they spend time coaching, loving and nurturing too.
So, they’ll probably give their students praise and positive reinforcement.
They’ll get carried away and they may even end up giving hugs and affection too!
When teachers are done, students will have a solid foundation of education to build upon.
Then, the students will apply their education in their careers.
They might be successful engineers, doctors, lawyers, nurses or teachers.
And chances are, if the students are successful in the future,
They have a teacher, like you, to thank for it.
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I used the poem in a card, but it would be adorable tucked in a frame as well. Plus, you can edit the poem to personalize it even more, if you like. The possibilities are endless!