Max's school is over in a few weeks, and I've been thinking about a good way to show his amazing teacher my appreciation. I gave money to a class gift, as I did for Sabrina. I contributed to the school staff appreciation lunch. But I'd like to do something special for someone who has been a tremendous influence on Max, and not just scholastically.
A while ago, Max started telling me he was a "smart guy." That was because his teacher, who he's had for two years now, is always telling him that. She cares so much about his success. She is open to requests, like when I thought Max needed more homework to help reinforce math. She is always quick to respond to emails. She has an excellent sense of humor, the kind of teacher that parents are grateful for, too. Nothing seems like quite enough to thank her for all that she's done for Max.
I was reading a Facebook string of comments the other days about teacher gifts. Parents often give gift cards for spa treatments. But hands down, said people who are actually teachers, the most memorable gifts are notes from the parents and the kids themselves.
Max and I will each be writing cards, and likely giving an amazon.com gift card, too. One fun thing I've had the kids do for our babysitter over the years that I might try for his teacher is a Top 10 List Of Things We Love About ____. There's also writing out an acronym, which the kids enjoy. Bonus points for making them spell! Like this:
Just so nice and friendly
Nobody is like her
Pinterest is packed with ideas, including boards (with links to free printables) such as this Teacher Gift Ideas and this one, Teacher Appreciation Gift, Teacher's Appreciation Gift Ideas and a bunch more.
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