over this school year, i had the honor of being one of two “secret gnomes” for N’s waldorf kindergarten class. the job of the “secret gnomes” was to organize the class gifts for the holidays and end-of-school-year. right up my alley! in addition to monetary gifts, we gave the children an opportunity to collaborate on creative gifts for the teachers. because the “secret gnome” identities were just revealed, i’m now able to share with you what we gave the teachers for the winter holidays — these wonderful beaded necklaces.
this gift that incorporates the energy of each child in the class. this was an opportunity for each student to select something that is special to them or that reminds them of the teacher. we asked each family to find (or create) a bead, shell, stone or something that can be beaded onto a necklace (one per teacher.) we asked that each bead should be no larger than a lima bean, for ease of wear. (as you can see from the photos, not many kids followed this suggestion. ) from these beads provided, the secret gnomes strung a necklace for each teacher. for this particular assortment of beads, we strung them on a thin leather cord with small clay beads as spacers between the gift beads.
in addition to each bead, we asked each family to write a short note about each bead (why the child chose each one in particular for each teacher) that would make it more personal and more special. we bound these notes together in a tiny (3″ square) accordion-style booklet to accompany the necklaces. (gosh, i wish i’d gotten a photo of it, but i didn’t.) we presented the necklaces in small silk pouches.
the teachers were so touched by this gift, and both wore theirs often since they received them. come back on thursday when i’ll post another collaborative, creative teacher gift idea!