Teachers have been asked to do so much since the pandemic started — learning to teach virtually practically overnight, working hard to keep our children on track, and working more closely with parents than ever before. How can we ever thank them for helping us through?
Heartfelt and thoughtful gifts feel like the way to go this National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3-7.
Here are five simple ideas to show your appreciation for your child's teacher:
1. A thank-you note
Teachers love to hear what your child has to say from their heart. Here's a fun printable to make it easy for your child to write a letter. You can write one too. Go one step further and write one to the principal too, explaining why you believe your child's teacher is exceptional. Use specific examples of how the teacher has influenced your child’s learning. Who doesn’t like to look great in front of their boss?
You can even visit a local pottery shop and have your child’s thank you note applied to a mug or vase. This will make a lasting impression and a wonderful, usable keepsake from your child.
2. A gift card to a local restaurant or coffee shop
A gift card is always a great gift!
3. Items for their classrooms
Whiteboard markers, erasers, scissors, pencils, sharpeners, decorative pieces, hand soap … all will be appreciated. Ask your teacher for a wish list or check Amazon to see if one is already started there! Teachers often spend their own money on school supplies, so this is an opportunity to help them in a practical way that they'll appreciate.
4. A basket of their favorite snacks
Find out what your child's teacher loves to snack on and make them a nice basket filled with their favorite treats!
5. A beach bag
Summer break is near, so it's the perfect time to prepare for the beach! Get a nice beach towel, some sunblock, flip flops and a good book and put them in a beach bag! These items will surely get put to use and offer a nice twist to the usual teacher appreciation gifts.
Thank you to all the teachers!