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Teaching has become harder than ever. Educators are doing extra work, mulling over creative ways to keep their student’s learning environment safe, enriching, and fun. Showing a little extra appreciation can go a long way in lifting a teacher’s spirits and keeping their motivation high. These creative, inexpensive ways to show your teachers appreciation are a great place to start.
If your kids are on the younger end, you’ll probably be the one in charge of selecting and delivering gifts. For older kids, encourage them to show appreciation in their own way—but your child’s teacher is sure to appreciate a gift from you, too.
Write Them A Letter
Writing a simple, heartfelt letter is a great way to show appreciation. If you have the proper materials, consider making a handmade card. This is a great way to get younger children involved. Have them draw their teachers a picture and write down a message in crayon or colored pencil.
If you’d rather purchase a card, there’s a wide variety of them in stores and online. Pop-up cards and music-playing cards are unique, though slightly more expensive options.
Snacks or a Meal
In the middle of never-ending grading sessions and catering to their students, teachers are prone to forget about self-care. Sending them a package of their favorite snacks will show that you care and give your child’s teacher a tasty snack to munch on during breaks.
Gift cards to their favorite restaurants are a good idea, too. Given the pandemic, it’s best to select gift cards that accommodate for delivery and pick-up.
Be A Supportive Parent
It might sound like a simple thing to do, but enthusiastic and supportive parents are of massive help to teachers.
Take initiative—at home, help your children with their homework. If they’re confused about something, help them, and if they’re still struggling, send an email alerting the teacher to their difficulties.
Frequent communication will alert teachers to your children’s struggles and achievements. This will help them focus on what their students need help on as well as what they can handle on their own. Knowing what to focus on leads to easier, frustration-free days in class for teachers, and in the long run, better education for your kid.
If the opportunity arises, offer to volunteer for in-class activities or field trips. Bake cookies or brownies for events, help escort and watch children during out-of-school trips, and offer to help set up events like assemblies or book or science fairs.
Proactive parents let the teacher know they’re not alone and that their student’s family is just as involved in the education process as they are.
Make or Buy Them a Thank You Gift
Presents are another classic way to show your teachers appreciation. Handmade gifts can consist of decorated flowerpots, pottery, hand-sewn goods like scarves, mittens, and hats, and more.
If you don’t have the time or materials to produce something handmade, store-bought gifts work just as well. If your child has a newer teacher or one that you’re not very familiar with, this list of great universally loved gifts can help.