Thursday, June 5, 2008

Grading Presents

Here is a question from a C100 listener, we made it our Question of the Day today. What do you think of grading presents? We'd like to hear your opinion.

I have a good Question of the day for you....

Can you find out if:"You give your kids grading presents?"I have been asking several of my co-workers about this subject, and it's a very mixed bag. I'm interested in knowing how many people give grading presents and how extravagant some of them are...

Thanks,
C100 listener

12 comments:

Eva said...

I gave both my kids small grading presents while in elementary school. Such as taking them to Dairy Queen, or small accessories for their bike, etc. After grade 6, nothing. When they graduated from Grade 12, we gave them a keepsake watch, (Nixon) and then another large present when they graduated from college.

Anonymous said...

We usually give them $20.00, this year we gave them 32" TV for their room but it was only because we wanted them off the big screen with PS3. Next year back to $20.00

Anonymous said...

First of all, where on earth did that word come from? Grading - it's NOT a verb! (Unless you're talking about equipment for fixing streets...) It's "passing". We live in a community where there's a huge pressure to give gifts constantly, and our family always gives smaller gifts than most of my kids' friends do, so it makes it a little tough, but we give smallish gifts, except for the "bigger" years - grades 6, 9 and graduation of course. It also depends on how well they did and how much effort went into their school year.

Anonymous said...

If your kids are like mine - they get gifts almost every day! I think the most important gift we can give them upon "passing" is tell them how proud we are of them and give them a big pat on the back for a job well done! They need to understand the importance of accomplishment through love and pride not by the money we spend on them.

Anonymous said...

The only gift I gave both of my boys was a celebration supper somewhere with a round of mini golf. They seemed to enjoy that. Grading or Passing, whatever you call it, is expected from me. The gift for grading is saved for Grade 12 and university or community college. My son graduates from high school this year and so far he has recd his grad ring which cost plenty.

Anonymous said...

i think kids are too spoiled these days and not active enough...so perhaps take them somewhere as a gift..spend a day with then or buy them something really small! i know it is hard not to give our kids treats ..but they should know the value of it and appreciate every one!
i know when i was a kid...our treat for 'grading day' ...was the one and only time of the year that we got to go to MacDonalds...and we were super excited and appreciative to go!(not the healthiest choice but considering it was only once a year..it was a treat!) mind you...there were fewer macdonalds back then and the closet one was 30mins away..also...7 kids in the family made it hard to take us there a lot. we had each other for grading day and everyday!

Anonymous said...

Our daughter does not receive a present for grading. We do however take the last day of school off of work and spend the day with her. We meet at school as the reports are being handed out so that we can thank the teacher and wish everyone a great summer. Usually we will have a special lunch to celebrate the school year and the start of the summer holidays.

Anonymous said...

as a young person who grew up in a low income family "grading presents" were few and far between. I'd say that if you want to give you kids a gift, the only gift you can give them is letting them know how proud you are of them for passing, after all, chances are they probably look up to you and turn your pride into some much needed self esteem...

Anonymous said...

Funny how fired up people become, over such a fun topic or even grammar! I do use grading as a verb, btw, as I am a teacher and spend many evenings 'grading' papers and assignments...
But, back to the topic at hand - I usually take my kids for an ice cream, and then for some reason, our tradition has become to buy them each a large squirt gun/water squirt toy that we would probably buy them anyway. It just becomes more special because it happens on this happy day.
Three weeks and counting till school's out. Cheers!

Anonymous said...

I have never given my son a grading present. To me, grading is expected ~ it's the logical conclusion to a year of good work.

It's the same with allowance. He gets that to learn about money; I don't consider it pay for doing things around the house ~ again, I just expect that.

Hmmm...maybe I'm a big ol' meanie!! :(

Anonymous said...

Grading presents are just an excuse for me to get my parents to buy me something.Sure some people think the best present is to just say how proud you are, but I get straight a's and normally no one really pays attention.If you bring home quizs with 100 on it all the time and your siblings bring home quizzes with lower grades, chances are that you don't get much praise.
Really my parents don't give grading presents but I just go up to them and say I want this for grading they say fine just because they are proud of me and spoil me. I always am considerate and don't pick out super expensive presents.

Anonymous said...

Grading presents are just an excuse for me to get my parents to buy me something.Sure some people think the best present is to just say how proud you are, but I get straight a's and normally no one really pays attention.If you bring home quizs with 100 on it all the time and your siblings bring home quizzes with lower grades, chances are that you don't get much praise.
Really my parents don't give grading presents but I just go up to them and say I want this for grading they say fine just because they are proud of me and spoil me. I always am considerate and don't pick out super expensive presents.