pomelo / 5474 posts
I think gum, a kids coupon book (free passes to do things), quarters for the vending machines, her days of the week socks, and maybe a blind bag.
Last year, I put a gift card for Cookie Corner so maybe this year I'll put a $5 toy store gift card. Our toy store has lots of cheapo gifts I never let her buy so she'll like that.
GOLD / pineapple / 12812 posts
@808love: omg quarters for the vending machines - I love it!!! They are constantly asking me for quarters!!
hostess / papaya / 10530 posts
@Mamaof2: Some joke books (he loves to tell them) and these types of games: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01GUHEH3M/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1512163553&sr=8-3&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=magnetic%2Bcheckers&dpPl=1&dpID=61MxaqYQp4L&ref=plSrch&th=1&psc=1
nectarine / 2164 posts
We have adopted a couple of kids through DD's school again this year. One is a 7-yo girl, and one of the requests for her is for "learning toys." For me, magnatiles, snap circuits, etc are all "learning toys" but I suspect that they mean something electronic. Any ideas? She's also requested clothes and new bedding so I don't want to spend a ton on a toy that may or may not interest the child.
wonderful clementine / 24057 posts
@Pancakes: snap circuits are electronic .
I don’t think there are many leap pad style games for that age.
wonderful persimmon / 25304 posts
Happy New Year!
How did it go with the holiday parties and crafts? I think we escaped relatively unscathed...the teachers hosted a school wide gingerbread house building party for the kids the day before school break, using milk cartons and graham crackers as the base. I thought it was quite smart!
I am actually getting ready for Valentines Day, as this stuff tends to appear quite fast. I think my son will give a tiny bag with a heart paper airplane and a rubber bracelet. I bought some stickers for decorating the glassine bags and I will print some circle stickers with his name and those are done.
I have to think about something for the mailbox, I might order kits from Oriental Trading, unless someone has a brilliant, low cost idea....decorated shoe boxes, maybe?
@looch: our kids usually just decorate brown lunch bags but if you could gather enough shoe boxes that would be fun!
I attended the Holiday party and they did hand prints on paper mittens - they turned out really cute!
@looch: I am not ready for Valentines day!!
Holidays went well they did a cookie decorating party. The coolest thing was that her teacher knit/crocheted each student little slippers
eggplant / 11972 posts
The holidays were quiet here! They had a Christmas foot race and parents were welcome to attend/participate. It was 1 km around the school grounds and they had been practicing in the lead-up. The weather was beautiful that day (and probably the coldest it ever gets here, which is mid-70s ). They also sang a few songs, had a visit from Santa and then a snack. It was a nice end to the semester. I don’t think there are any upcoming school celebrations until the Thai New Year, which is mid-April. But they will be on spring break.
Are your kids back in school yet? We go back on the 8th.
blogger / eggplant / 11389 posts
I'm not ready for Valentine's either! DD's 7th birthday is this Saturday, so I need to get through that first.
For the holiday party, the kids made an edible snowman and did a Christmas tree craft.
@T.H.O.U.: that's so sweet of their teacher! Must've been a lot of work crocheting for an entire classroom of kids.
@lamariniere: We also go back on the 8th. We kept the kids home last week, but this week I have DD enrolled in tennis camp, and DS is back at preschool.
@Mamaof2: I like that hand prints on paper mittens idea, saving that one for next year...I might even see if I can find those foam mittens at Michaels and buy ahead, lol.
Yep, we're back, but have a snow day today. We only have the week between Christmas and New Years off.
pomegranate / 3777 posts
We are back as well. The break was fun even though we didn’t do much because it was so cold. I feel like I have one foot out the door as we are looking for a new school for next year. It really trips me up because I believe in public schools theoretically speaking but LO is not thriving and we feel like we’re “losing” him if that makes sense.
@lamariniere: we went back the 2nd but then school was closed due to snow yesterday and today - oy!
honeydew / 7882 posts
This year the holiday activities lasted a whole week. They decorated gingerbread houses, celebrated religions around the world (to conclude their lesson on religions), and ended with a Polar Express Day. My LO had a great time.
Valentine's Day is pretty low key at my LO's school. Last year we were asked to bring in simple boxed Valentines for the kids to work on in the classroom, and they decorated paper bags for their Valentines.
The kids went back to school on Wednesday, but they were off yesterday and again today due to the weather.
@Baby Boy Mom: I think you have to do what you have to do. I am a fan of neighborhood schools, even though I chose to send my son to a magnet. Just because I use one doesn't mean I don't support the other.
We are off today, so far that's 2 snow days to make up so far. It doesn't make a big difference to me as I have grandma care when I need to work and my son is home from school, but I do need to find things for my son to do on the scheduled days off to give my folks a break. I am going to see what he wants to do for MLK day and then I need to start thinking about summer camp. We're going to do a bunch of different things, so I need to map it out to be ready for the registrations that happen in late Feb/early March.
blogger / pomelo / 5348 posts
@looch: ugh, yes, camp. That needs to be on my radar, too.
@Baby Boy Mom: We switched to private. I was willing to give public another shot when we moved, but DH fell hard for a private school and my son loves it. I still have odd feelings of guilt, though.
nectarine / 2016 posts
I read one of the linked articles on the blog (the one about hovering) and was wondering, how do you think your school would react if you asked to visit and observe a class solely for the purpose of seeing what went on there / figuring out how to fix things for your child? I wonder about the practicality of that suggestion, mostly because I don't ever remember parents visiting the classroom during K-12 for any reason other than to help out for special occasions like a party or to set up for something like the science fair. I think a few parents helped out in the library too, but not in a class where a teacher was doing a lesson. Anyhow, just curious if maybe things have changed?
Parent involvement is huge in my son's school, every time I visit during the day, which is at least a few times per month, there are parents in the school. I think it's super important, because it's a community that we're trying to build.
Now, if there were something going on, let's say he was having an issue with a particular subject, then I am not sure how me being in the room to observe would help that situation because my son tends to get embarrassed when I am there and there are no other parents, so I am not so sure how the behavior would present.
Social issues are interesting because there I do think observing could provide insight and I think the principal would be accommodating. It's not like you'd get free reign to walk around the school , you'd be escorted in and out.
@honeybear: Our school culture wouldn't allow it but I would find it helpful in certain situations if your school says yes and depending on your child's response. I wouldn't get my hopes up though. We used to have Parent Visitation week for many years where it was designed to give parents a look at their child in action. Of course, they were angels the whole time. Interestingsly, most parents were only there for 30 mins of their allotted hour and doing it just to show face that they are supporting their child's activities! Although I'm relieved we no longer have Parent Visitation, I think it is extremely helpful for a parent to get more info on their child. About a decade ago a student had behavior issues and the admin asked the parents to sit in to observe. It was more of a consequence but I don't think it worked too well.
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