Your child’s teacher the hardest-working, most emotionally-involved, and most enrichment-oriented person in your child’s life other than you.
Take it from a Teacher’s Kid
My mom was a third or fourth grade teacher until well past the time I was out of college. Every night she put in HOURS of extra time grading papers at our kitchen table, worrying about the students in her class, trying to figure out how to approach parents about trouble at home, or just WORKING. There were a ton of Christmases where she bought gifts that she knew couldn’t be provided for her kids – pads of paper, pencils, school supplies, even shoes. (True story – one heartbreaking year she had a student whose mom could only afford to give her son HER hand-me-down tennis shoes. That little boy got a brand new pair of sneakers from “Santa” that year.)
Whether or not you agree with standardized testing, the Common Core methodology, or belong to a home-schooling co-op, you can be certain of one thing: your child’s teacher wants your child to be loved, to be curious, and to be successful.
Every year, my mom would come home at the end of the year with a few apples, some mugs, and if she was lucky, a “Thank You” note from a parent that *got it*. No matter what you do at the end of the school year, do SOMETHING to let your teacher know that you realize how important they’ve been in your life over the last 180 days!
Ideas for Showing Your Teacher Some Lovin’
Write that person an honest-to-goodness “Thank You” note! With the modern technological age, a handwritten note becomes all-the-more meaningful! Even better? Have your kiddo practice those handwriting, grammar, and sentence structure skills that she’s been working on and write a note as well!
Gift cards, gift cards, gift cards! BOOKSTORES, office supply stores, Amazon, teacher supply stores! Your teacher pays out of pocket for an extraordinary amount of supplies throughout the year. I’m sure she’d love some help in getting her room restocked for the next school year!
And, since you’re on this page, of course I’m going to suggest Jamberry. I designed two sets of “Teacher Appreciation” nail wraps – perfect for a gift for a younger teacher that you don’t know a lot about! You don’t need to know a size, whether or not they own their own place, or whether they drink coffee. Add a bottle of sunscreen and a note and you have a wonderful token of appreciation for most important person (other than you!) in your kiddo’s life!
Check out how cute these are!
An Apple for Teacher:
“Montessori Makes Me Happy”: