Teacher Appreciation: How Can Parents Make a Difference?

Posted by Lisa Monaco-Gonzales on Oct 27, 2017 4:00:00 PM

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Teachers have one of the most impactful jobs on the planet. They are not only responsible for instructing children academically, but also socially, encouraging wise decision making, independence and responsibility.  We are truly blessed to have these educators who are really making a difference in the lives of our children.

So what can we do for our children’s amazing teachers?  Giving back and showing our gratitude is simple. Here’s how…

Teachers need volunteers year round, especially in the younger grade levels. Whether it is assisting them with a class party or finding time in your day to visit and read in the classroom, any amount of donated time makes an impact.

When my daughter was in second grade, once a week for 30 minutes, I would join the classroom and read to the students. This was a very special day; not only was I freeing up the teacher to attend to her other needs, but I found serving the teacher and kids very to be fulfilling. It was also fun and exciting for my daughter to have Mom in her classroom.

Some teachers are not assigned assistants and so the parents that volunteer may be the only help available to them. Reach out to your children’s teacher and ask him or her how you can assist. 

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The teacher will need plenty of parents to accompany the class when they leave the school to go on a field trip. Both on the ride to and from and at the destination there is a need for more supervision, especially double checking the head count.

When my son was in first grade, I volunteered to chaperone on his first field trip. Each chaperone had only one to two children they were responsible for watching. During the day, I took pictures of my son’s buddies and sent them to their parents who could not make it. They were so delighted to have a sneak peek into their child’s day!

Take a day off from work or from your daily routine to join in the fun. Your children will be thrilled to have you with them too!

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Bring the teacher a cup of coffee or a pastry from your favorite bakery any day of the week-just because! Besides celebrating our teachers on their birthdays,  acknowledging our appreciation on random days is always a great idea.

Ask your children to create a special card for their teacher. This is a great opportunity for your children to play a part in showing appreciation for their teachers, and this can be a fun art project at home. Pull out the glue and glitter, crayons and markers, buttons and stickers and let them illustrate pictures and write some beautiful words that will bring great joy to their teacher. You could even join them in the activity.

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This year Teacher Appreciation Week is May 8-12, 2018. Some schools celebrate with a luncheon or party for the teachers, but if your school doesn’t host an event, consider taking the lead. Reach out to the other parents and pull together a potluck or special lunch. Everyone could pick a favorite dish to bring and share. Check with your PTA as they may be already planning something. Get involved! You’ll be surprised at how fun it can be to serve someone else.

Let’s celebrate our teachers. They serve, give, and share knowledge and valuable life lessons. They watch over our children, keep them safe, hug them when they’ve had a bad day, and laugh with them when they tell a joke. What can we do as parents? We can appreciate them in so many ways. Thank them anytime and anywhere, and just ask them how can you be of service. It really is as simple as that.

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Topics: Teacher Appreciation, Thanking Teachers