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Old 12-13-2008, 01:06 PM
 
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for the holidays? If so, what are giving them? I'm giving my kids a book (free with points), plastic cup (from walmart), a packet of hot cocoa, pencil, crayons, a bookmark craft (from oriental trading that I've had sitting in my closet) and a chocolate lollipop. Total, it cost me $0.80 per child. Not too shabby.


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Old 12-13-2008, 01:09 PM
 
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I'm giving my kids a book called Calculator Tricks, a large calculator from the dollar store, a candy cane pen and some mini candy canes.

Jack Frost has been sneaking into our room this week leaving treats for students who are well behaved. He's giving them a plastic cup, mechanical pencil and two mini candy canes.
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I'm giving them books (also from scholastic w/ points) and a box of puzzles.
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I teach 3 classes of over 70 students but I intend to give them a bag with candy, straw-holiday, pencils, erasers, etc. I have 2 other teachers that will add more to the bags as well. Parents are coming to help stuff the bags and we have a party the last hour and half of the school day in each of our rooms.
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Old 12-13-2008, 01:41 PM
 
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I do gift bags for my class every year. I have personalized pencils, some games/toys from Oriental Trading Co., candy cane pen, some other holiday pencils, small notebooks, pencil sharpeners, holiday erasers, a little candy, and some other stuff I can't remember now. I am also giving them each a homework pass (they love those). I give them to them on the last day of school before the break.


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Old 12-13-2008, 01:45 PM
 
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We're going to see Desperaux for our class party, so I'm giving them those Staples pencil boxes that were a penny and filling them with dollar store candies as the movie treat. I might get a giant refillable popcorn and brown paper bags then distribute the popcorn too. But that would only be because *I* want popcorn at the movie.
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Old 12-13-2008, 01:52 PM
 
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My kids are getting a Scholastic book (bought with points) and a candy cane from me and a new pack of crayons with 2 new pencils from an "elf friend" to go in their cubbies for January! I am so glad I hit up those back-to-school sales in August and spent a little extra...a .17 cent pack of crayons is a treasure in December!
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Old 12-13-2008, 02:22 PM
 
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I am giving my kids snowman soup with a book from Scholastic (points), a gift certificate for another book, and a homework pass.
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Old 12-13-2008, 02:33 PM
 
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A homemade coupon book with coupons for things like a homework pass, a free ticket (classroom economy), etc. Completely free!!!
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Old 12-13-2008, 03:27 PM
 
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The past couple of years I decided to stop giving my kids gifts for holidays. I feel like that teachers spend too much money as it is, and I am trying to save some money. So I talk to my kids about it. I did this at Halloween (as I didn't want to buy more candy when I knew they'd get a ton anyway) and I told them that what I'd like to do is bake them a treat. I described some of the things I like to make (usually REALLY easy treats like Oreo Truffles, peanut butter fudge, nilla wafers with peanut butter between them and dipped in chocolate, etc). They typically love being able to decide the treat that I'll make. They took a vote and it was tied between the truffles and the nilla wafer dips. I told them I'd make the Oreo Truffles for Halloween (which they LOVED) and I'd do the others for our holiday shingdig.

I really like doing this, because it's cheaper and the kids seem to love it when I make them treats.


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Old 12-13-2008, 04:02 PM
 
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This year I have 127 students. They each will get a dark blue pencil with snowmen on it. They will also get to choose one of four pretty cool book marks.

I guess it's obvious that I teach English.
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Old 12-13-2008, 04:42 PM
 
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I am giving my students two books (also free with points.) a pencil and a candy cane. Total cost for me........20 cents per student.
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Old 12-13-2008, 04:46 PM
 
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I am giving each student a book from scholastic, a fancy pencil, and a book mark. I may stick a candy cane in each bag.
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Old 12-13-2008, 05:04 PM
 
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I stopped this a long time ago. Probably about the time I was in the throes of my little ones at home. Some of my students don't celebrate Christmas so I don't feel the point in giving them a gift for a holiday of mine. Even though I've never asked our very large staff, I don't believe the majority give gifts either. It's probably more a lower el. thing anyway.

We will make gingerbread houses next week and they just had their marble jar reward last week so they definitely won't miss a little something from me.
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Old 12-13-2008, 05:22 PM
 
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Using the idea I got here, I melted down all our broken crayons. I used a cookie mold with Christmas shapes (like a shallow muffin pan). I am putting an assortment of them in a cellophane goody bag to give to my K kids.
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Old 12-13-2008, 07:23 PM
 
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Where do you get your Calculator tricks book?
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I got the books from Scholastic a month or so ago. I used to get a similar book called Calculator Riddles but was unable to find it this year.

I tried to look them up on the Scholastic website for you but all I could find was this: http://shop.scholastic.com/webapp/wc...-1_10001_10002

I've only ever paid $1.00/book.
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Thanks. That is a great idea.
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Old 12-13-2008, 07:48 PM
 
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I used to, but this year I don't think I will. We will make goodies on the last day (chocolate covered pretzels) so that will be my treat to them... I MIGHT do a holiday pencil. I gave them halloween pencils, so I might do some sort of wintery pencil, snow flakes or something if I can find them for very little $.
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Old 12-13-2008, 07:56 PM
 
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A friend of mine loves to knit and for the last 7 years has been knitting mittens for each of my second graders. I work in a low income area and many of the students don't have gloves so she knits them mittens. The students love to get them. They then write her a cute letter on mitten shaped paper. We also read the mitten when we get them. I also give a candy cane, a pencil, eraser, and some chocolate.
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Socks - I think the Calculator Riddles book was in a TAB catalog this year. I ordered some for my kids (not Xmas present, for prize box), and I'm pretty sure it was out of TAB. Or maybe it was the Year End Catalog?
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Old 12-14-2008, 12:32 AM
 
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* Book (Scholastic points - "Seasons Readings!")
* Bookmark
* Half-Assignment Pass
* Happy Holidays Card
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Old 12-14-2008, 04:19 AM
 
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I'm giving mine a book, candy, bookmark, & pencil.
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Old 12-14-2008, 04:56 AM
 
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In the past, I gave each student a book, but this year I'm going to give them a class gift. I asked for suggestions (computer program, books, etc.) They voted for games and chose Apples to Apples, Sorry and Pictionary). That way, they will enjoy the gift the rest of the year, and it's something they can share. I will also bake cookies for them and put them in baggies that have winter pictures on them.
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Old 12-14-2008, 05:24 AM
 
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I'm gonna do a gift idea that someone mentioned here a few weeks ago. I got each student a pair of mittens and I put a candy cane, a packet of hot cocoa, and a small ornament in the gloves. I got the mittens at Target in a two pack for about a $1.40.
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Old 12-14-2008, 03:30 PM
 
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I make my kids the chocolate covered pretzels in a holiday mug that some folks posted that they do in their classrooms.
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Old 12-14-2008, 04:39 PM
 
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I always give my class an inside recess game or two. This year I bought 2 new floor puzzles of the United States and some animals and I bought them Uno this year. Last year I bought a dollhouse and some mathbox cars. The year before that i got legos and junior monopoly. This way we all get to enjoy it for the entire year and they don't lose it on the way home...
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Old 12-14-2008, 04:47 PM
 
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I have the same students in pullout for several years, so last year I started getting gifts for the classroom, rather than kids. They get new games and puzzles added and we have game day for them to play the new games.
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This year I bought 5 books for each using my points from scholastic. Also, a company donated totebags to me. My aunt is embroidering each childs name on the tote. Best of all.....It was completely free!
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I'd planned to give each kid a book and a bookmark that I'd received from Scholastic but didn't realize that the books I ordered was one they read last year in class - UGH! I don't know what I'll do about that. I have pencil boxes that I got from Walmart for .25 each. How can I make those neat gifts? Or I could find some cheap books some place for the ones that did read the book last year. I'm gonna do the snowman soup too.
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My husband won a small amount of unexpected money. As a result of our good fortune, we wanted to donate it somewhere. After listening to stories of my students this year, he suggested that I use it to buy each of them something nice. Most of my 9 students are dealing with some type of difficult situation and I wanted to get each something that he or she could call his/her own. I purchased fleece blankets that Sears had on sale earlier this season. With the sale price and special coupons I was able to spend under the amount! This, along with some markers and pencils bought earlier this year, will make some very special students very happy!
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Old 12-15-2008, 07:41 AM
 
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My 1st and 2nd graders are each getting 2 Scholastic books and a candy cane. They made Gingerbread Houses last week and we are having a class party this week.
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Old 12-15-2008, 08:26 AM
 
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I'm giving my 2nd graders 2 Scholastic books that I got free by using my bonus points. I need to wrap them while I'm home on my "ice day" today so I can give them to the kids this week.
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Old 12-15-2008, 12:10 PM
 
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i'm giving each of my kids two homework/dailywork passes that will be valid in my room and also the other teacher's room (team) because I hardly assign homework. Although they cannot use both passes within one night.
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I have pencil boxes that I personalized with a paint pen. I wrote their name and decorated it a bit (polka dots, sguiggles). Then I put a pencil and notepad from Walmart in it. They came in a 6 pack and were inexpensive.
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Old 12-17-2008, 08:20 AM
 
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what's snowman soup?
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a package of magic cards (from Dollar Tree)
candy cane & holiday pencil tied together with a ribbon
free assignment pass

They got their presents today and were so EXCITED! It was nice to hear several "thank you's" around the room.
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Old 12-19-2008, 10:51 PM
 
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I make all of my students pillows for their chairs. They actually get so excited. They aren't fancy. Just 14x15 and stuffed. They use them for circle lessons, and silent reading also. They take them to assemblies when they have to sit on the floor. Most kids leave them at school for their chairs, but some take them home. I gave them out again this year to my 5th graders and heard many thank yous and wows. I think they get really impressed that I actually take the time to make them something. I have even had kids come back after a few years and tell me they still have their pillow. It is a lot of work, but I enjoy doing it.
My Christmas party today was very nice.
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