“Thanks for Helping Me Grow” Teacher Gift Idea

The end of school is here!  This Friday is my son’s last day of his first year in preschool.  He has grown so much this year and I love it.  But at the same time, he is one year closer to kindergarten, fifth grade, middle school, high school and (gasp) college.  It really is starting!

How I have loved our time at home together and will miss our freedom as school becomes more time consuming.  And before you go grab me a box of kleenex, I will remind myself that he still has one year of preschool left . . . thankfully!

I am also so very thankful for my son’s teacher.  He is blessed to have her both this year and next year.  What a difference a great teacher makes!  Even though our school just celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week not too long ago, I still wanted to show our gratitude at the end of the school year with a simple gift.


Ladybug Chalkboard Garden Sign


What You’ll Need:
Ladybug Wood Craft (I bought mine at Walmart)
Red Acryllic Paint
Sponge and/or Foam Brushes
Chalkboard Paint




Paint a couple coats of the red paint onto the ladybug followed by the black chalkboard paint as shown.  Paint the dowel and then using wood glue, attach the two pieces.  So simple!


Write a message and insert into a hanging basket or potted plant and deliver to your favorite teacher!



Happy Summer Break!

Bus Stop Fun for the Last Day of School

The last day of school is right around the corner.  This precious idea will have your kids stepping off the bus to a little chalk lovin’!  Last week, I shared Ali B’s Breakfast Block Party idea for the last day of school.  Today, she is sharing another tradition that can be used for the first or last day of school.

Ali’s kids (finishing 1st and 3rd grade) get picked up and dropped off at the end of their driveway.  From the garage door all the way to the street, Ali draws a path of chalk hearts to greet her girls when they get off the bus.  On the first day of school, she’ll write, “Welcome Home 3rd Grader!” or on the last day of school, “Happy Summer!”

What a precious way to celebrate the last day of school!  Thanks for sharing, Ali!

Breakfast Block Party for the Last Day of School

The last day of school is finally in sight.  (And I have to say, I am SO excited!)  Today and next week, I’ll be sharing two great last day of schoolideas from Ali B, mother to two elementary school children.

On the last day of school, Ali’s neighborhood gathers together for donuts, juice boxes and coffee in one of the cul-de-sacs.  They publicize the Homeowners Association-sponsored event with flyers in mailboxes about a month before, also alerting the bus driver.  The parents and kids then meet 45 minutes before the school bus usually arrives.  The kids run around and the parents take pictures.  And you’re going to love this:  the bus driver sometimes even joins them!

The kids get on the bus; parents take more pictures and then the bus driver takes off, honking the horn with everyone cheering.  (Don’t you want to move into their neighborhood?)  Ali also mentioned that some of the parents then go out for breakfast.  What a fun morning and great way to start off summer!

Thanks for sharing, Ali!