To very teacher who helped their class make ornaments for their family - thank you!!

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Posted: 1/3/2013 7:37:27 PM
I spent an afternoon taking down our tree. I never get tired of looking at the ornaments our kids made at school through the years. They seem to get cuter each year.

I'm amazed at how many have held up for so many years.

I wish I could find every one of their teachers and thank them appropriately.



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Posted: 1/3/2013 7:39:26 PM
I love them too, especially the ones with pictures!

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Posted: 1/3/2013 7:39:40 PM
I agree, my 4 year old painted 3 salt dough ornaments for us this year at school. He is so proud of them and couldn't wait for us to open them on Christmas.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 7:39:55 PM
Thank you. As a mom it is important to me to do these with my students.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 7:53:48 PM

I stopped teaching after I had my first but as a scrapbooker I always took tons of photos, especially once I got a digital camera. I made a point of taking a picture of each student at each special event/day/trip and pictures of moms/families on our Family Days. At then end of the year the students were able to write captions for each picture and take it all home in a simple slip in photo album.
Occasionally I think about those pictures and hope that they made it in to a student's scrapbook!
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Posted: 1/3/2013 7:55:18 PM
I almost didn't do it this year, but then my son came home with the one he made for me. My kids got out of school for the break two days earlier than my students did, so we had time to do it.

I am glad other parents like them as much as I do.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 7:58:54 PM
I was thinking the same thing as I took down our tree. Everyone holds a special story and memory. I am sad my boys are too old for school ornaments now.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 7:59:05 PM
ITA , OP. And the ones with pictures on them are just the best ever. Those ornaments are some of the very, very few things I'd consider worthy of trying to rescue from fire, flood, etc. Our whole family enjoys unpacking them each year, talking about them, and hanging them up.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 8:00:06 PM
As a Mom, Thank you!

I have 2 kids, 7 and 10, whose ornaments go on a kids tree. Everything they have made, every picture they have taken or handprint they have brought home from school, I've taken a picture of it before hanging from the tree. I scrapbook the pic.

I say that one day they will have all of their ornaments, but I think I may give them their hallmark's only because I love the handmade ornaments.

Again, Thank you.



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Posted: 1/3/2013 8:19:33 PM
I love the ornaments that my son has made!

I still have the ornament that my 5th grade teacher made for me. I've never seen one like it. She used straight pins and 2 different sized tiny beads to write my name in cursive. The ornament looks like it was wrapped in thread. The cat got a hold of it and tore it a bit, but I hang it every year. It's a mess and no way to fix it.

I make ornaments for my students every year.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 8:25:33 PM
That's nice to hear.

I do a "Craft-O-Rama" every December; my kids make 4 - 5 ornaments that day (depending on how many teachers we have in the grade level at the time). This year they made 4.

I often wonder if the parents are upset that I don't have the students make a "present" for them, but I've found that 10/11-years olds are "over" making gifts for their parents for the most part (they'd rather buy something), but still enjoy making ornaments & decorations.

This year we made beaded snowflakes, a mini chalk-board decoration, a jingle bell wreath, and a cup painted & decorated like Rudolph.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 9:04:48 PM
Another here.

In preschool, they did a nice footprint one and a handprint one that I cherish.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 9:15:33 PM
Ca angel, my little guy's kindergarten teacher made each student a scrapbook of sorts
It included sample worksheets throughout the year so we could see his progress; brochures from class trips ; individual and group photos throughout the year.

What a gift! Not just to have it but it also saved me from trying to figure out which papers to save
Do i keep all of them or just some? Ds loves to look through it on occasion.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 9:25:22 PM

"Elvis the Angry Christmas Angel" is a legend in our house. As are the preschool photo ornaments.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 10:01:26 PM
Those are my favorite. We have an entire tree just for their school handmade ornaments

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Posted: 1/3/2013 10:04:26 PM
Thank You (indirectly). I taught an ornament class for my son's GATE program 3 weeks ago and I hope the ornaments last a long time.

OTOH, I look at my pinecone Christmas tree and clay candle from 1975 and 76 because they put the years' on the bottom, and thank those teachers as well!


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Posted: 1/3/2013 10:07:47 PM
I love those too. And the most special thing this year - my 2 yr. old DGD was fascinated with an ornament her mother made in kindergarten. It was a clear plastic bear with a paper bear inside that was colored, and the face was a photo of her mom's face. I don't think she understood who the girl in the picture was, but she kept going over to the tree and looking at it.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 10:49:40 PM
Hooray! I have never heard from my students' parents if they like them or not. I've taught first grade forever and I still have my students make an ornament (with school picture and year) or decoration depending what that child celebrates because I still have mine from first grade!
I have 33 students - 11 have parents who are divorced so they get to make two. Each student placed their order for the design they wanted so I could be sure I had enough. One girl told me she wanted the menorah, which she made. She told me as she was decorating it that her family "isn't Hannukah, we're Christmas. I just like the candles".
On a similar note, I hang every ornament my students give me. If their name isn't on it, I write it with the year. I recently took one of my former students to dinner. She was in my class in 1996! Her ornament hangs next to her brother's from 1998. Those ornaments mean a lot to the teachers, too!

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Posted: 1/3/2013 10:56:08 PM
I love those so much more than hallmark ornaments! I rarely even put up my hallmark ornaments as I have my own ornaments from childhood. I remember telling my husband when we were still dating that I was really looking forward to the day that I no longer had a pretty themed tree, but a real tree with kids ornaments. That and a fridge full of children's portraits. This year we made ornaments with our son's hand prints, he just turned 8 months today so we did them in his sleep, lol, I'm looking forward to when he can be awake to participate. I still look fondly on my 30 year old ornament that was made with a baby food jar lid, a school portrait and a sticker and a bit of cloth and yarn.
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Posted: 1/4/2013 3:08:29 AM
I agree! Thank you! We got our first one from DD this year, that she made at preschool. I cherish it already! I don't care that it doesn't match my perfectly coordinated tree. It went on anyway. Front and center, along with one we made of her hand print on her first Christmas.


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Posted: 1/4/2013 3:17:41 AM
It would be a great annual Pea event to start posting pictures of the ornaments our kids have made. I packed mine away but hopefully someone will start a thread next year if it's too late this year.

Some of mine are simply my child's signature on an apple figurine. Others are a picture glued to a simple wood cut out. I have a salt dough figurine of a sheep that I treasure (I'm a knitter). There's more .. I'm trying to remember them!

I was a terrible mom who never got feedback back to the teachers. I was overwhelmed with long commutes, my own college classes, 4 kids in 4 schools, etc.

One of my kids continued the tradition after finishing school. He's an avid biker and I have a small bike gear with his picture glued inside and a ribbon attached. I think he made it in college.


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Posted: 1/4/2013 3:56:08 AM
DS brought home 4 this year he made in Kindergarten. Plus a peg people nativity that was wrapped in a brown paper lunch bag for me and under the tree on Christmas. I have 3 new variations of angels on my tree this year.


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Posted: 1/4/2013 4:42:31 AM
My mom still has a fridge magnet that I made when I was four...I still remember the day I made it

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Posted: 1/4/2013 5:18:38 AM
Couldn't agree more! Our kids missed ornaments at their daycare this year because we were out of town, but their Sunday school teachers made popsicle stick Christmas trees with their photos in them. My 4 year old was so proud for me to see it!

I especially love the ones with their little handprints, they mean a lot to me!

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One of my kids continued the tradition after finishing school. He's an avid biker and I have a small bike gear with his picture glued inside and a ribbon attached. I think he made it in college.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 8:19:14 AM
My favorite is the painted and glittered Popsicle sticks framing my DD's (peaname) picture that she made in kindergarten 32 years ago


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Posted: 1/4/2013 9:18:10 AM
I agree! I love the picture kind the best but they all make me smile to see them and the date on them, so fun to remember the age of my little one when they made them. it goes so fast, and they really are great.


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