Back to School Teacher Gift – DIY Chalkboard

Can you believe it’s already time to head back to school?  Me either.  We’ve had lots of family fun this summer, but truth be told we are actually ready for the start of a new school year.  I think everyone here is ready for a little bit of routine and structure. We can’t wait to meet our new teachers, and because we know how much heart and soul they put into their jobs we always like to greet them on the first day with a special back to school teacher gift.  Teaching is a Work of Heart Teacher Gift

This year on the first day of school my kids will be giving their new teachers a DIY chalkboard clipboard with a handwritten note about how excited they are to be in their class and for the new year.  I am a firm believer that teachers are amazing people, after all they put up with my crazy kiddos day in and day out!  This handmade clipboard is just a simple way to show they just how special they are and we hope they will love theirbTeaching Is a Work of Heart teacher gift .

I purchased a bunch of these plain clipboards at Michaels 

Chalkboard Clipboard

First, take a pencil and trace or hand letter the Teaching Is a Work of Heart saying.

Teaching is a Work of Heart Pencil Drawing

Next, use a chalk pen to trace over the pencil lines and fill in the chalkboard art.

Teaching is a Work of Heart Chalkboard Pen

Finally, have your child write a hand written letter to tell your teacher how excited they are about starting a new school year and being in their class.  Both my mom and sister are teachers and whenever I ask them what the best gift they have received from a student is they have both said that it was a heart-felt note that confirmed that they were making a difference. So whenever we have the chance we write notes to our teachers, because we want them to know how special and appreciated they truly are.

Handwritten Teacher Note

So while I love a cute ABC Flower Jar gift or a simple Noteworthy Note Pad gift  I think this one has a lot of heart. I can’t think of a better way to start the school year off on the write foot than a thoughtful note and a clipboard that they can use in the classroom. 

Teaching is a Work of Heart Back to School Gift

Maybe it’s because teachers run deep in my family, but I love celebrating this time of year and I have loads of teacher gift ideas, back to school parties, healthy snack ideas and printables for special traditions, so make sure you take a look at all of these creative ideas to help turn the ordinary into extraordinary!

What’s your favorite gift to give on the first day of school? Or f you are a teacher leave us a comment and let us know what your favorite gift to receive is. 

Mariah Leeson is the creative mind behind With a passion for celebrating, Mariah created Giggles Galore to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas. She loves cooking, reading, crafting, hosting parties and most of all spending time giggling with her family.

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  1. AWESOME idea!!!

    Would love if you’d share at Reader Tip Tuesday:
    one of my favorite teacher gift finds…

  2. Cute and totally usable teacher gift idea! #PinJunkieParty

  3. Hey Mariah, we wanted to let you know that we loved your post on back to school teacher gifts so much that we featured it at the Home Matters Linky Party today. We hope you will check it out when you have a chance! Michelle

  4. How cool! I loved your blog!

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