Hi there Skip to My Lou friends! I am Kirstin, half of the sister team that blogs at kojodesigns and shiny happy sprinkles and I’m thrilled to be here today! I adore Cindy, love her fabulous blog… and, as a former elementary school teacher, I am beyond thrilled to share an idea for appreciating teachers today
Like I said, once-upon-a-before-having-kids-time, I was a classroom teacher (and loved it). Now, as an at-home mama, I am finding all of these fabulous uses for the knowledge I acquired during my teaching days. Monitoring my preschooler’s progress as he learns to read and write? Noted. Spending hours (and hours and hours) of time reading to the Smooches just like I suggested to the parents of my students? Done. Filling our house with a ridiculous number of children’s books? Absolutely.
And turns out, come teacher appreciation season, I have tons of ideas (and lots of opinions) about the best ways to show teachers how much you appreciate them. I tend towards practical gifts (think Starbucks gift cards) and also love any chance to express heartfelt, personal thanks. I especially love pairing the two of those.
For my son, Burke’s, preschool teachers, we decided to make chalkboard covered journals. We turned ours into Quote Books where they can store their stories and quotes and laughable moments and paired with Starbucks gift cards for an early morning caffeine fix, but I think they’d be great just with a blank chalkboard cover as well.
Would you like to make a chalkboard notebook for a teacher in your life?
First gather your supplies- a plain composition notebook, chalkboard contact paper (I got mine on Amazon), and scissors. Lay your opened notebook on top of the contact paper to measure how much you’ll need. Give yourself a border of at least an inch all the way around the edge. Also, close the notebook while holding the contact paper in place to measure how much you’ll need for the spine. Once measured, cut the contact paper. Notch the corners so you won’t have excess contact paper overlapping at the corners. To adhere, peel up one edge of the contact paper backing and place the back cover of the composition book in the center (again, leaving the perimeter you cut all the way around your cover). Carefully roll the spine of the comp book onto the contact paper, covering. Unpeel the rest of the contact paper and smooth onto the front cover of the comp book. Now, fold the excess around the edges of the book, trimming the excess on the spine and on the corners (if they’re rounded).
Now the fun part- grab a chalk pen and some chalk and decorate the notebook (I did the front- Burke did the back), wrap up with a bow (and a gift card) and deliver to the teacher you appreciate!
Teacher Appreciation Week is the first full week in May. Through all of April I am excited to share some amazing ideas from some of the most wonderful bloggers for my Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas series! It’s a great month! You will be totally prepared with ideas to thank your teachers!