A few years back, I came across the Dr. Seuss Gradation Gift idea on pinterest. In short, this father had all his daughter’s teachers from k-12 sign the book Oh, The Places You’ll Go! On high school graduation night, he presented the book to his daughter with all the teacher’s notes from every school year. Immediately after reading the idea, I ordered Oh, The Places You’ll Go! I sent the book into Lucas’ Kindergarten teacher in a large manila envelope with a note asking his teacher to sign the book. Since then, I have purchased books for my other two children and each year I ask one of the special area teacher’s to sign the book as well.
Dr. Seuss Gradation Gift
This plan ahead Dr. Seuss Gradation Gift can be signed by other people besides just the teacher. This year, I am going to also ask Mollie’s dance teacher and the kids’ piano teacher as well. I just love going back each year and reading what the teachers wrote about my kids and I know that some day, my kids are going to LOVE this gift! This is the note that I placed in the folder. Wouldn’t it be cute to even add a gift card or end of the year thank you for the teacher! It’s not to late to order Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
Here is a google doc of the letter that is posted below if you want to add teacher’s name and print.
Oh the Places You’ll Go Graduation Gift Letter to Teachers
Dear (teacher’s name) ,
Very grateful to you I would be,
If you would please, please do this favor for me.
I am starting this tradition while (child’s name) is small,
And plan to complete it by the time he is tall.
Each teacher who helps him along the way,
I hope will autograph-that is to say-
Please add a note, a picture or song,
A special memory can never be wrong.
You have helped make him the person he is
And you can take credit when they call him a whiz!
I will present it to him on commencement day
In honor of you who are so special today.
I don’t know which direction he’ll take- North, South, East or west,
But I do know he thinks his teachers are the best!