Sunday, December 18, 2011

Winter Gift to Warm the Parent Heart

Every year I try to work with the kids to make a gift for their parents. This year I intended to take this last week of school before vacation to have the kids work on them. Unfortunately my daughter got sick and I missed a couple of days with them so that combined with other programs scheduled during writing meant I had to rush to finish the gifts last minute on the last day!!! Regardless-I love the results!

We started by reading Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon. Then we watched the Brainpop video about snowflakes. I asked them to think hard and find something these 2 things had in common. How were Molly Lou Melon and snowflakes alike? Of course what I was getting at is that Molly Lou Melon wasn't like anyone else. She was different and unique. It's what made her special. So we, like Molly Lou Melon and snowflakes are (in the kids' words) different, special and unique.

This was their gift to their parents. They would write and tell their parents what they loved about them that made them so no one else. It took some coaching but once they understood that this was essentially "complimenting" their parents, the students wrote done truly heart-warming and touching things.

Here are the results along with some of my favorites!


  1. Those snowflakes are PRECIOUS!! I really want to do this...we're in school until the end of the 22nd. Did you use your school's die cuts and cardstock? What font did you use for type? Thanks for your help!!

  2. Awww! Thank you Jennifer and Mrs. K! I did this in publisher using Word Art. It's the Word Art shape that looks like a circle with a line through it. The font is called Beautiful Every Time. The snowflakes are actually a package of foam snowflakes I got from Walmart last year. I think I've also seen them at Target and Michaels. It was something like $5 for a set of 35. I just printed the writing on white cardstock and hot glued it to the foam snowflakes.

  3. You're welcome!!! Thank you for your super speedy, informative response:)

  4. Those are about the sweetest gift I've seen. The parents will treasure them forever! Thank you for sharing!

    First Grade Delight


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