Being the great mom that I am, I usually try to “spoil” my kids’ teachers a little at Christmas! Thanks to many of the bargains and deals I have found in recent years, I have often been able to give each teacher several gifts throughout the year! And it feels great to be able to be that mom. However, this year, my six-year-old daughter started kindergarten and has two full-time teachers in the classroom, and a grand total of four helpers who rotate in and out of the room! (That’s six teachers total, in case you were counting…)
Also, our oldest kiddo…and it pains me to say this… started middle school this year. Gone are the days of having just one or two (…or six…) teachers per classroom. Now thanks to his changing classes throughout the day, and the rotating electives throughout the school year, our oldest now has ten teachers total! WHOA!! I’m sure you can imagine all the numbers and overwhelming thoughts that ran through my mind as I considered having to buy presents for sixteen teachers!! But I have always been that mom… how do I not give the precious individuals who tolerate care for my children some sort of reward for their diligence?!?!
Enough of the hype… Here’s what I decided to do. I purchased some wonderful (and cheap) gifts for our daugher’s two main teachers. After all, she is with them all day every day, and they have invested quite a bit in her so far this year! For all the many other teachers between my two children, I decided to put my holiday baking fetish to good use. Over the past several days, I have made Peanut Butter Fudge, Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies, Peanut Butter Rice Crispie Cookies, Hershey Kiss Cookies, Butterscotch Haystacks, and Puppy Chow.
I have done this in the past for Sunday School teachers and so forth, and it really is fun, fast, easy, and of course, cheap! I purchased some small red dessert plates and loaded them up with goodies…
Then for the final touches, I just gathered plastic wrap around the plates of goodies, and tied it up with some festive curling ribbon. My kiddos will take fourteen of these little treat plates, along with a “Thank You” note and a Christmas card to each of their many, many teachers!