Teacher’s Day is a time for your children to pop up a gift and thank their teacher for all the hard work they’ve put into educating them!
But who says that children are the only ones who can give back? If showing gratitude for your child’s teacher has always been at the top of your mind – go ahead and take action!
And remember – it doesn’t always have to be an apple. Sure, it’s the thought that counts, but what if we said that you could do something a little more special?
Here are a couple of different ways that you, as a parent, can show your appreciation for all the guidance and effort that teachers have put into taking care of your little one!
Plan a surprise for them
Throwing a surprise party for your child’s teacher, or just anyone, will always do the trick in showing your appreciation.
Most schools would already have something planned for their staff. It’s a matter of coordinating with the principal to dovetail your special gesture for your child’s favourite teacher. What better way for a school to recognise their staff’s commitment in making a difference but to welcome a spontaneous surprise from his or her very own student?
We’re talking balloons, fringe activities and cake – bring them all in! And don’t just stop there cowboy, it’s just getting started. Discuss with your party planner on the party décor, entertainment and activities. Another experienced brainiac will help plenty.
Perhaps you could call in a magician or throw in some carnival games. You’d be surprised to see how an old soul has a kiddy side to them too. So, what are you waiting for? Put them all together and let’s get this show on the road!
A heartfelt note will always do the trick
Sit down and recall every single incident where your child’s teacher gave their support to your kid.
If you’re not sure where to start, think back to where your child was struggling terribly with a subject. Feeling helpless and distraught, they came back pouting all day long. But a couple of extra lessons and guidance helped your child bounced back – thanks to all the patient and continuous teaching. Even if it’s something as simple as that – it’s still something worth thanking them for.
Now, whip out your paper and put all your feelings and thoughts into words. A genuine letter with heartfelt words always works like a charm. Or even better, put your thoughts into a lovely message balloon gift that will light up her desk any day!
We all know that the most precious gifts are those that are made by the gift giver themselves.
It doesn’t have to be super complicated or fancy – even decorating a pen holder is meaningful in its own way! You could engrave special phrases like the classic ‘World’s Best Teacher’ or something creative for a coffee-lover like ‘I Turn Coffee Into Education’. Do some investigation of your own and get insights from your child. A fact or two will help you create a gift much more special!
And we’re not done with the ideas just yet. You could invite a caricaturist to come down and let them do what they’re best in – drawing people! A class photo may be pretty sweet in its own way, but which teacher doesn’t have it, right? Get the caricaturist to put the entire class together into one cute portrait for keep sake. Your child’s teacher is going to love it for sure!
The power of a handmade gift will always rule over anyone’s heart. Better let your creative juices flow and you can get the ball rolling!
Class ‘Thank You’ book
So both you and your kids have done your part by delivering your wholehearted words – kudos to you! But what if we said that you could do so much more?
Remember that time when you received a large colourful paper filled with scraps of notes from your beloved friends, family members or even colleagues? Or maybe you were the one contributing to another person’s ‘thank you’ book. Either way, it’s time to grab that idea and do for your child’s teacher!
Gather your kid’s classmates around (with your child leading, of course) and have them each write a note for the teacher. Put them all in one book, present it and bam – your effort has planted a smile on their face.
Volunteer in classrooms or field trips
Giving back to your child’s teacher doesn’t have to necessarily mean you have to do it on the actual day itself!
Take some time to volunteer and help the teacher out. And guess what? There’s a bonus! You get to spend some time with your beloved kid too.
Whenever there’s an outing or after-school activity which requires an extra helping hand, you can volunteer as tribute and do the teacher a favour. It leaves no need for the teacher to call out a search party just to find one volunteer. So, give yourself a pat on the back – you have officially made their life easier.
Your child’s teacher is like a second parent. Whether it’s their tutor or form teacher – they have probably played a significant role in your child’s education.
They have probably poured in all their blood, sweat and tears to make sure the path has been set right. But you already knew that, didn’t you? Guess all that’s left is the final move – execution time! Now, set out because it’s time to get a plan in action and express your gratitude.