Are you ready for a graduation gift that will be at least 13 years in the making?
This momma has one for you…
Have I mentioned that my sister is an elementary school teacher? If you know anything about the teaching field, you know that there are elementary teachers and there are secondary teachers. Very seldom will you hear one say they would love to work as the other. I know this because it is the conversation that goes on a lot between me and my sister. I am just not a bubbly, energetic, creative lesson planner like most elementary teachers are. I like to walk into my classroom, tell my students what we are going to learn, and get right to it. No beating around the bush or fluffy intros into the lesson. “This is what we are doing… and, this is why you will need to know this for post graduation…” is how my brain works.
I bow to elementary school teachers because they are all special people in my book. But, I have heard many elementary school teachers say they couldn’t do what we (secondary teachers) do every day.
So, where is this conversation going?
Did you get the “creative lesson planner” part? Well, some of my ideas that deal with my kiddos come from the sister. And, this one is no exception. So, my sister calls me and tells me that she has this awesome idea for me to do for my kids throughout their school years. You know me, I am all for keepsakes that they can look back on later on in life. And, here is what she suggested…
1. Purchase a copy of Dr. Seuss’s “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.”
These can be found at any store that sells books… Wal-Mart, Target, Amazon, etc.
2. Hide the book.
I do not want Kate or Derrick seeing this book until they graduate high school…. Ummm, Yes, THAT LONG!
3. After every school year, ask Kate and Derrick’s teacher(s) to write a personal message inside the book anywhere they like.
I am even going to do daycare messages. Mrs. Ellen has loved and taken care of my kids since Kate was a little over a year old. She deserves an extra special spot in their books.
4. Once the time comes for them to walk across the stage for graduation, I will present them with this gift.
At the moment, this little book is making it’s way around Kate’s preschool class, daycare, and then Presbyterian preschool.
Now, I am not sure where my sister got this idea, so it may be floating around Pinterest or the Internet somewhere. But, I wanted to share it with all of you. I must say, I am pretty excited about this hidden project.