How to Make a Teacher Welcome Card

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Students working together as a class to make a welcome card for their teacher will accomplish more than just giving that teacher a positive reception. The excitement and anticipation of crafting the card benefits both children and teacher. A class-created card fosters collaboration, educational investment in the classroom and gratitude in the teacher as a respected mentor. Welcome cards can address teachers returning from maternity leave, sabbaticals or even one-day absences. A welcome card can also greet a substitute teacher, especially if the children are familiar with the substitute.

Things You'll Need

  • Oak tag or poster board
  • White board
  • White board marker
  • Tempera
  • Magic markers
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Collage fabric pieces
  • Ribbon
  • Balloons
  • Discuss with the class what the word "welcome" means. Decide on the central welcome message. For example, one message could read, "Welcome back Ms. Reade. We missed you!" Another message might read, "Welcome to our classroom, Mr Smith. We are happy to meet you."

  • Write three message choices on a white board for the children to see. Ask the children to vote on the three choices. More than three options can confuse young children.

  • Consult with the class on illustration possibilities. The class can decide if the card is decorated with markers and crayons or with collage materials attached with glue. Give students opportunities to work on the card by taking turns.

  • Personalize the card according to the interests of the teacher. For example, if the teacher is a music teacher, add music notes to the card.

  • Invite the class to add individual personal touches. Ask if the class would like to use handprints or small self portraits. Encourage each student to write a brief personal note of welcome under their handprint. It can be as brief as "Hello."

  • Border the perimeter of the card with glitter and ribbons with the students. Add smiley balloons to accentuate the welcome and for a festive look.

Tips & Warnings

  • Allow the children to work in compatible small groups to avoid crowding. Balance the personalities to optimize creativity and companionship.
  • Some children may want to make individual cards in addition to the group card. Allow these children an opportunity to give their cards privately after the group presentation.This will preempt feelings of competition or inadequacy among the class and still allow opportunity for those who made an extra effort.
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