Day after day, year after year, teachers are preparing the next generation for the future. Perhaps this year, your child has had a special teacher who has done amazing things, igniting the love of learning in your little one. Maybe you know a teacher and you want to take some time to appreciate all their hard work. Take time to read through these eleven ideas for helping teachers feel appreciated and affirmed during Teacher Appreciation Week.
11 Ways to Participate in Teacher Appreciation Week
Genuine gratitude and acts of kindness don’t need to be expensive. Showing the teachers in your life that they are important and appreciated can be as simple as writing a letter. Get inspired with one or a few of the following ideas:
1. Write a letter
While tangible things are a nice gesture, the best way to say thank you is to write a heartfelt note expressing how much the teacher’s hard work has meant to you. Don’t settle for email; this is one time a handwritten letter or card is perfect.
2. Home baked treats
If you don’t have much money on hand, most teachers like home baked treats just as well as bakery products.
Many teachers spend their own money on classroom decorations, supplies, supplements, and books. A small monetary gift will help replenish their bank accounts at the end of the year.
4. Gift cards
Gift cards to favorite book stores, coffee shops, or even to a nearby department store are special treats for teachers.
5. Special artwork
If you have a budding artist, mount a piece of his or her artwork for the teacher. Alternately, find a lovely piece that will inspire the teacher every day in the classroom.
Humorous books and posters are always appreciated. Comic books and books like F in Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Answers can make your favorite teacher smile after a long day.
7. Gift baskets
If your teacher loves crafts, sewing, gourmet coffees, or chocolates, put together a gift basket containing supplies or treats that he or she would love.
8. Housecleaning service
Most teachers have families and busy schedules. Every teacher would love having a maid come in to clean their home, even if it’s just one time.
Although school’s out at 3:00, many teachers don’t get home till dinner time or later. Treat your teacher to dinner by buying a restaurant gift certificate for a nearby eatery.
10. Movies and music
An iTunes gift card or a favorite movie will bring media to life for your favorite teacher.
Craft a class scrapbook that includes pictures, drawings, and letters from the class to the teacher.
More Ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week
However you decide to say thank you, do make a point of expressing your appreciation to the teachers in your life. Check out more ideas for a DIY Teacher Appreciation Week gift: