There are only a few weeks left in the school year, and it’s time to start thinking about end-of-year treats for my class. I always try to strike a balance between summer fun and education when choosing gifts for students. Summer journals, paired with a fun writing pen or pencil and a paperback book make a great giveaway that doesn’t break the bank.
Books are an obvious choice for a teacher-to-student gift. Watch book club flyers during the year for $1 deals. Bonus points come in handy when trying to get gifts. The teachers in our grade level select several different easy chapter books our growing readers would like, and we order in bulk. Still too pricey? Look for good quality books at the local thrift store and library sales. There are usually many options, including those that were never opened, for just pennies.
Summer journals are a hit with students of any age. Instead of pricey store-bought journals, dress up a spiral bound or composition notebook. I purchased plastic cover spirals for seventeen cents each, and bought decorative tape for just a dollar a roll. Print a fun coloring page for the cover and glue it in place with decoupage glue. Spread a thin layer, place the page, and then paint lightly over the page to make sure it sticks. Use packing or duct tape over the spirals for a punch of color and to keep spiral binding from catching on any other notebooks. Students can color the cover with markers once the glue is dry.
To make sure students will actually use the notebooks, get their creative juices flowing. Place a drawing or journal challenge inside the first pages of the notebook and glue in place. Students will have ideas to get them started all summer long. I wrote my own list of 30 drawing challenges and 50 writing prompts, but Printables journal topics are just as easy to use. (I like June and More June topics for the summer months.) Set your printer so it will print multiple pages on one page to fit more topics in a smaller space. Add a few fun pages within the notebook for extra fun, such as the July poetry frame or the Summer Memory drawing and writing prompt.
Grab a cute pen or pencil, a fun eraser, and tie the package together. Students will be ready to dive in to fun, and you can rest easy knowing there is educational value in your summer send-off.
What are your favorite parting presents for students?