Your child's teacher spends their whole week providing guidance, mentorship, and education to your child, helping mold them into well-rounded individuals. Going a bit above and beyond to show them how much you and your child appreciate them will help make them feel very special. Whether it's National Teacher Appreciation Day, another holiday, or just because, here are four ways to show appreciation for your child's teacher:
Volunteer Your Time
Taking a day off from work to volunteer in the classroom every now and then will go a long way toward making your child's teacher feel appreciated, while also giving you a chance to bond with your child and their school friends. It's always a good idea to ask how you can be most useful, but some specific ideas include volunteering to read out loud during story time, chaperoning a field trip, or updating the classroom bulletin board. Teachers know how busy parents are, so sacrificing time to help out is extra meaningful.
Surprise Them with Supplies
Not everyone realizes that teachers often spend a lot of their own money purchasing supplies for their classroom each year, all on a modest salary. If you have the ability to help them out, simply ask what supplies they are in need of or buy them a gift certificate to an educational supply store or even a big box store where they can purchase arts and crafts supplies, books, etc.
Have Your Child Write Them a Letter
Sometimes the most thoughtful gifts don't cost any money at all. Having your child sit down and write a letter (with your help if they're too young to write it on their own) expressing why they like their teacher is a very sweet gesture. You can always add a quick, thoughtful note of appreciation from yourself as well.
Make a Scrapbook
If you are a little crafty, you can make your child's teacher a scrapbook to remember your child's class by. Throughout the school year you can collect pictures from field trips and class parties as well as other mementos of your child's class. At the end of the school year, put these mementos together into a cute scrapbook your child's teacher can enjoy looking at over the summer and into the future.
By showing your child's teacher how much you appreciate them, you will make them feel great while also setting a strong example for your child. If you're looking for a school for your child, visit D & J Educational Inc.