What seems like many moons ago, but in reality it was only 8 years ago, I was at the receiving end at school. I was a Kindergarten teacher, accepting (and prying) my students from their parents into my classroom. My heart still goes out to the Kindergarten teachers, the children AND the parents because I have been on all sides of the situation and none of them are easy.
I also still remember the feeling of a completely exhausted body after the first day of school. You see, I spent a physically labour intensive week leading up to the first day of school, setting up my classroom. That in combination with a very physically demanding first day of school left my legs literally aching and throbbing. I still remember the Friday night after my first week of teaching. I feel asleep on the couch, snuggled up with my boyfriend (now husband), barely able to keep my eyes open. I think I might have fallen asleep by 6:30 that night!
Anyhow, yesterday, I spent a solid, uninterrupted (for the most part) hour with each of my children. My son chose to go on a bike ride with me and my daughter chose to sew. After spending a ridiculous amount of time struggling with the sewing machine to get it set up and working, my daughter and I sewed 4 microwaveable bean bags. It started off with one for her. She then wanted to make one for her teacher. After that, we were on a roll, so we made one for her brother and then last, but certainly not least, I made one for my son’s teacher.
Every teacher deserves to be pampered a bit after that first day of school. A heated up bean bag always feels good on those achy, sore muscles, doesn’t it?!
Teachers deserve to relax after a long, hard day with a microwavable bean bag!
Sending the children with a special home made gift for their teacher on the first day of school helped to create a positive vibe leading into the first day. It also hopefully sends a message to the teachers that they are special and important and that we will support them throughout the year.
Here is my “How To” Make a Microwavable Beanbag post for simple instructions for how to sew your own DIY microwavable bean bag! It requires a sewing machine, material, scissors, thread and a bag of rice – easy peasy!