Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Beautiful Buddy Books



When I was packing over the weekend I found one billion of these notebooks in various closets around my room. I was not about to pack them up and take all of them with me to my next position and I really did not want to take them home. Why do I have such an overload of these? Well, let me be honest. They were on sale for 10 cents in the fall and I went crazy. My partner and I bought as many as we could find and these are just the leftovers. Don't judge me. Remember when you were at Staples for those penny sales?  Admit it. I have no control in these situations but I found a great use for these. We busted them out of closet #1 (okay they are also in #2 and #3) and the mommies in my room glued a white square on top of each. The kids decided to make a summer journal for their 5th grade buddy and what you see on the cover is their self portrait. I L*O*V*E these so much that it makes me want to cry. Okay, so everything makes me cry. I am fragile and distraught at this point! They loved making them and they wrote sweet notes inside. Boy when the fifth grade teacher sees their handwriting she is going to head towards her classroom. I'm just sayin' I should have had Saturday school and worked on handwriting- big time. Whew, some of it is really rough... Anyhow they are super duper cute and we are giving them to our buddies tomorrow. I wish I had glued their pictures on the first page but those are packed away in a box I can cry over another time. I am going to sign each book with a thank you and congratulations on going to middle school. I had a lot of these kids in kindergarten. The rest of the notebooks are for my teacher friends next door and they are happy to grab the goods.

14 comments:

Jessica Stanford said...

These are adorable!!
Blessings,

Jessica Stanford
Mrs. Stanford's Class
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S. Simpson said...

What a great gift!!! I LOVE the idea of you writing a note on the inside to the fifth graders. I am pinning this right now so I can remember for next year.

BTW I found a whole class set of these in my room yesterday when I was packing. . .shhhhh don't tell anyone. Hang in there : )
Stacy

Simpson Superstars

Freckleteacher said...

Adorable Fran! I know what you mean about handwriting...I wish I had more time to work with my kiddos, but not sure it would have mattered. Your students sure can draw and color though. Those are gorgeous! They will love the letter from you too! I hope your last days are sweet!

The Teachers Backpack said...

Absolutely adorable! Shhh...I must admit I am also one of those ones at the penny sales.

Cara
The Teacher's Backpack

Lisa R. said...

Aww that is so sweet. I know it must be hard for you right now :(. That is a great idea to do with book buddies! Thanks for sharing!
Lisa
Learning Is Something to Treasure

Kelley Dolling said...

I have a ton of these too and they have been collecting dust for 5 years now. They are the perfect buddy gift for sure (we hook up with our 7th grade classes). Making a mental note! Thanks for sharing :)

Kelley Dolling
Teacher Idea Factory

J Tilton said...

I love these! I know what you mean about the handwriting!
www.kindertrips.blogspot.com

Pingles said...

You are sooooosweet! I'm sure this is a very hard time for you. But I am so very glad that I will get to work with you more, I hope!

Kristin said...

Love it!

Meenal said...

I too am guilty of collecting these books. But last year, I found out that if someone is nice enough to cut them in half horizontally for you with a circular saw, they make great word work books. Kids in K and 1st don't use the whole page so the mini sized books are perfect! I covered them with contact paper and none was the wiser!

Meredith said...

Absolutely, the cutest drawings ever! I love these! Will you be giving drawing lessons in your new position? I could ask Michelle!! Lol

Fran Kramer said...

Meredith,
Helen wants me to do specific training on guided drawings. Wouldn't that be so much fun?

Cindy said...

These are both adorable and sweet!! And yes, I stocked up on the penny pencils, notebooks, 2-pocket folders and highlighters! Hey, a gals gotta seize the deals when they come her way right? Again, these are GREAT!

Traci said...

So adorable and I am VERY impressed with their self-portraits!
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