It’s that crazy time of year again, searching for a Christmas gift or thank you present for your child’s teacher.
Will it be chocolate or wine or hand lotion?
A Christmas decoration or coffee vouchers or movie tickets?
A coffee mug or tea cup or coasters?
Or home-cooking delicately wrapped in clear cellophane and delicately adorned with coloured wrapping ribbon?
What about a plant or a plate or a divinely scented bouquet of the prettiest flowers or even an original artwork … or was it that ‘A+ teacher’ emblazoned red shiny porcelain apple?
Any of those gifts are treasured for always! And that specially spoken ‘thank you!’ from a student just melts a teacher’s heart.
I have another gift to consider … it’s a book for teachers, created by a teacher. A 32 page hardcover time capsule book for teachers to use with their class over the school year.
Here’s why ‘Us. A Time Capsule’ is so good:
• There’s humour on the front cover. Teachers will have a quiet giggle at the collective nouns – a sloth (the slow moving student); a gang (those kids who hang around in large groups everywhere); an army (an entire class of students); a grumble (students who complain about work); a chatter (that forever chatty student who talks to every child they sit next to. No matter what); a swarm (when the teacher is accosted by a group of students ready to be the first to tell some news); a crew (pirates with swords come to mind, ready to sabotage a lesson …)
• There’s a page for information about the teacher that students will love to read. Teachers are people too.
• For the rest of the book, it’s all about the students, at the beginning of the school year, at the end of the school year, stuff that happens in between, and their predictions for the future. Here are just 3 sample pages from 32.
• There’s a teacher guide at the back and a photocopiable page of squares for kids to do their self-portraits, cut out and glue into the book.
I know that kids in the class will adore the teacher’s copy of Us. A Time Capsule. After 25 years of teaching I can imagine them snickering at “No aliens allowed! Or Dinosaurs! Or Magic Goggles!” Yet, throughout the book the occasional alien or dinosaur or magic goggle appears. And they can read about themselves and their classmates and what they got up to in the year.
You can purchase a copy of ‘Us. A Time Capsule’:
From Lilly Pilly Publishing:
And for teachers in the US – the same hardcover book with a different cover and US spelling.
From Lilly Pilly Publishing:
I know I would have loved to have a book like this for every year of my teaching career so I could look back at every class I had taught and remember all of those precious times I spent with students in my class. Being a teacher is indeed a privilege and an honour.
Us. A Time Capsule. It’s a yearbook with a difference. It’s likely to be the best and favourite teacher gift for Christmas, the end of the school year, or simply as a thank you!
Julieann is a published author and illustrator who is continually inspired by the gift of imagination and the power of words. When she is not disappearing into her imaginary worlds as Julieann Wallace – children’s author, or as Amelia Grace – fiction novelist, she is working as an editor, book designer, and book magician for other authors. Julieann is a self-confessed tea ninja and Cadbury Chocoholic, has a passion for music and art, and tries not to scare off her cat, Claude Monet, with her terrible cello playing.
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