8 Guidelines for Giving Gifts during Teacher Appreciation Week

Every Monday, I do a praise dance and a song. Every week, for five days, I get to herd one of my kiddos out the door and drop him off at school. And to be honest I’m not doing reading time at home. So when he is at school, he is getting some well needed education. I work a full-time job as a therapist and have a part time gig as a consultant for Agnes and Dora. I also have two younger kiddos running wild and free at home.

By the time my oldest comes home, I just want to cuddle, feed him his dinner and send him to bed. Of course between all that, he also has his independent time where he’s playing and watching TV. So yeah, he has a ridiculous amount of screen time. Every now and again, I’ll have him read a book. Before you ask, my son doesn’t get homework so no, we don’t have to do homework time (insert praise dance here).  

More than just a Teacher

I strongly believe that it takes a village to raise a child. My child’s teacher is an integral part of our village. Because of the key role she plays in my child’s life, I make sure that she and I have a very good relationship. I am a very INVOLVED parent that supports our teacher. I’m talking volunteering for field trips, participating in fundraisers, volunteering to bring in extra school supplies, and volunteering to help out during school events like field day. At least twice a week, I have a brief conversations with the teacher about my son. I communicate daily with his teacher through this amazing app called Class Dojo. I participate in every parent teacher conference, IEP meetings, and last minute meetings.

Due to my immense involvement, I know and understand the important role that my child’s teacher has in his life and I appreciate her. My son loves his teacher. I know this because at least once a week, he’ll say, ‘Oh Ms. Walters…I mean mommy”. He becomes visibly upset when she’s absent. He talks about her all the time. She’s extremely patient with him. His teacher encourages him and roots for his success. She is willing to work with me to ensure my son’s success in the classroom. If I have any concerns, she will addressed them. She loves my child and it shows. It also shows that she loves her job.

Unsung Heroes

I appreciate her for all that she has done for him and will continue to do for him throughout the remaining school year.  The National Education Association describes National Teacher Day “as a day for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives.” I think this is awesome. I think it’s even better that there is a whole week dedicated to honoring our unsung heroes.

Making and giving teacher gifts are my favorite things to do. I am really excited because this year I plan on sending a small gift throughout the whole week of Teacher Appreciation. I love going through Pinterest looking for cute and amazing ideas to gift his teachers. In my opinion, our teachers aren’t paid nearly enough for the things that they have to deal with on a daily basis. They have to wear many hats which at times goes unnoticed. I want to be able to say, ‘hey there teacher, I see your hard work, I see your heart and I appreciate you’.

I am lucky that there’s a week that is set aside for this kind of gesture and I don’t have to look like a weird mom trying to earn brownie points for her kid by bribing the teacher with goodies and gift cards. To prepare for this week I gathered a few do’s and dont’s that has kept my gift giving successful.

 

Do and Don’t

  • Do give gift cards. When surveying teachers, majority stated that gift cards made the best gifts.
  • Don’t be afraid to add a personalized note thanking them for their endless and selfless work.
  • Do make home made gifts. Nothing says love and appreciation than your kid actually making something to give to their teachers.
  • Do gift school supplies. Teachers often have to pay out of pocket to get these much needed supplies such as paper, pencils, crayons, highlighters, Lysol wipes, and  paper towel, to name a few.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask the teacher for a wish list. In the beginning of the school year, some teachers send a ‘get to know you’ worksheet that details their favorite foods, drinks, and colors. If you didn’t get one of those, don’t be afraid to ask the teacher to fill one out.
  • Do ask your child for ideas. Remember your child and teacher spends quality time together. Just as the teacher gets to know your child’s likes and dislikes, so too will your child. Last week my child informed me that his teacher enjoys Universal Studios. So now I know anything related to that will make a great gift.
  • Do check for allergies…because you definitely don’t want to send your child’s teacher to the hospital.
  • Do volunteer in lieu of giving a gift. For the moms that just don’t have anything to give, your time is gift a plenty. Ask your child’s teacher how can you be helpful to them during this time.

Most importantly,  Do show your appreciation every day. Teacher’s spend about eight hours a day with your child. Encourage your child’s teacher like they encourage your child.

Do you have any other Do’s and Don’ts to add to this list?

 

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