April 29, 2019

Simple Ways to Show Appreciation – From a Former Teacher!

Contributed by Lauren Wierzbicki, Education Specialist

Did you know? At Doodle Bugs!, we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week one week ahead of the national celebration.  Each year, the national dates occur during the week leading up to Mother’s Day (and the dates of our in-center Mother’s Day festivities — this year, Thursday, May 9th and Friday, May 10th). Celebrating our teachers early allows us to give moms and teachers the special attention they deserve. Join us this week as we spend some time showering our wonderful teachers with love and appreciation.

There are lots of ways you can show appreciation for your child’s teachers, and invite your children to help, too. And, as a former teacher, I can attest that it’s the simple things that often mean the most.

  • A picture or letter from your child. Sit down with your child and ask them to draw a picture, or write a letter, for their teacher. Talk about what your child’s favorite thing to do with their teacher is, record their words, and include it! Invite your child to sign their finished creation, and present it to their teacher. Unique, child-made creations like this are always especially meaningful to teachers.
  • A card with your written appreciation. Drop-off and pick-up times in early childhood classrooms aren’t always the best time to take the opportunity to talk to your child’s teacher about how much you appreciate them – and teachers like to hear it! A handwritten note with your words of thanks is a great way to let teachers know that you are thankful for them being a part of your child’s life.
  • Cut flowers or potted flowers and herbs are great gifts of appreciation! Teachers can enjoy something just for them, and if you choose a potted option, they can be planted for teachers to enjoy for months (or years!) to come.
  • Gifts of thanks. There are lots of simple gift ideas out in the universe you can make and give as well. Check out a few of our current faves here and here.Teacher Gift Ideas

Stay tuned the rest of the week for more posts featuring our Happy Teachers!