Each week I choose a child to be the VIP for the week. This is
similar to the "Star of the Week" that others do. It is a fun
way to celebrate and get to know each student in your class! I have
found that once the initial work is done at the beginning of the year, it
is a very simple weekly activity. The great part is that it is one
bulletin board that is always new each week! For those
teachers who don't have a lot of bulletin board space, you might be able
to use a cupboard door. You can be as fancy as you would like with
decorated cheerleaders with real pompoms, or you can do it up by simply having a VIP
space for the T shirt to be displayed. Your choice!
A letter and paper (butcher
paper) T shirt is
sent home the
week before each child's VIP week informing the parent that their child will be the VIP
the following week. The letter gives them an outline of activities
we will be doing to celebrate their child's VIP week. The letter
also gives ideas on decorating the T shirt. I make a sample tee shirt that I decorate for
myself that is on display for the
parents to see at our Back-to-School Night in September. The
teacher is the first VIP! I make the sample showing pictures of my family and
interests. I keep the same VIP T shirt for several years---until it
is really outdated!
One of the things that we do during the
week is make a VIP book for each child. The book is made by all of the
children in the class. This becomes a real treasure and keepsake for
the VIP! We interview the VIP and ask questions. I write the
answers in the blanks as I interview the VIP. Then, each
child illustrates a page for the VIP. These pages are bound into a
book with a cover--"Three Cheers for______." See the sample cover
below. You can make copies of the book covers for the whole
A small banner is made in
black line and colored. Banners are optional since most of the
children include their name on the T shirt. The banners can be
decorated by the teacher, child or
parent volunteer. I usually had a volunteer do all of the banners at
the beginning of the year, and they were always ready to go each week.
After the banner was colored, I cut around the name and mounted on
construction paper before laminating. This was given to the child
after their week of being VIP.
I have a bulletin board for
our VIP to display his/her tee shirt for the week. I also make
a small banner with the VIP's name on it for the bulletin board. The
one below did not have a small banner.
I have put together a
package of all the things needed to do the VIP of the Week for teachers.
It will include the following things:
1. Two VIP banners
are given for you to choose. You can print the black ink banner and
use whatever color you
would like. Or, use the red banner if it fits your color scheme.
The banner is two sheets of paper that you will need to put the together.
I tape the two pieces together with transparent tape and mount on
a piece of contrasting
paper for a border. Laminating keeps the banner for
3. A sample tee shirt pattern for each VIP to
decorate can be mailed through snail mail. Or, you
can draw your own pattern. If you would like to have a butcher paper
copy of the T shirt, let me know.
A sample letter
as a pdf file is given that you can duplicate for the VIP to take home to the
parents informing them that their child will be the VIP the following
week. It also includes many different ideas for the parent to use to
help celebrate their child's week. There are ideas of activities for
each day of the week provided in the letter. You can use this letter
or use it for ideas to make your own week of activities.
The VIP book has 25 pages of fill in the blanks. These pages are
completed in an interview of the VIP. These fill-in-the blank pages
can be duplicated. You will need one page for each student to
decorate for the VIP. In other words, if you have 23 students, you
will need 23 pages for the VIP book. I send a copy of the book to our reprographics
department to have all of the books made at the
beginning of the year. I am then set for the whole school year.
There is one cover for girls and another for
the boys. (See small pictures of the boy and girl book covers.)
The black line pdf has a blank space for you to fill in
the VIP's name. You may use colored pencils, markers or crayon to color in the
booklet. I have always asked parents to decorate these
each year. However, you might choose to have the VIP of the week
color in his/her own book cover. I ask one parent to color all of
the booklets each year in September and have them ready for the whole
year. I do the same thing with the banners that I decorate for the
bulletin board. If you are interested in having these custom made
name banners done for your class with your students' names done in black
print, let contact me.
***If you are interested in
having these black copies made for your class, the cost is $.50 per book
cover. They will personalized with your students' names.
I have found the VIP of the
Week is a very easy program to set up. I have made changes over the
years and found that It takes a bit of organizing at the beginning of the
school year, but then it is all ready to go each week. I have a
fresh bulletin board every week that is very low maintenance! All I
have to do is hang up the VIP T shirt and the banner. The kids and
parents love the activities, and the books are a lifetime treasure for
each child! One of the teachers had a great idea of saving all of
the T shirts for Open House to display at the end of the school year.
Wish I had thought of that!
If you are interested in
ordering the VIP package, the cost for the access link
is $15. If you would like a paper copy of the T shirt pattern sent
through the mail, (snail mail) it is $5.00 extra.
Paypal is offered and is a faster
method of payment. I will email you the access link as soon as I
receive payment. If you would like to pay
by check or money order, please let me know by email.
If you have any
questions about how the VIP of the Week works, please let me know!
You can email me at
( without the space)
VIP Paper T shirt that will be sent through U.S. mail.
note that the shadows are my camera and are not on the
I have had
lots of requests for patterns for the bulletin board
cheerleaders. The boy cheerleader is approximately 30
inches tall and the girl is 35 inches with the pompoms
extended. The cheerleaders can be colored with your
own school colors in chalk, crayons, or paint, etc. I
have always laminated them to keep from year to year.
If you would like the 3-D effect, the pompoms can be
purchased at Walmart or Oriental Trading Company. The
price for the set of cheerleaders is $15. The
cheerleaders are shipped in a poster type box to avoid
*** $5 Extra
charge for shipping to Canada.
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