November is the month to give thanks. It’s also a great month to teach your children about gratitude. Not only can we help our children think about all their blessings, but we can also help them show their gratitude for others. Showing gratitude for their teachers is a great place to start! Teachers spend so much time and energy, inside the classroom and out, working hard for all their students. Here is a list of things that you and your child can do to show those teachers how much they are appreciated:
Give Thanks in Supplies
Many teachers spend money out of their own pockets to make sure their students have all they need. A simple way to show gratitude toward your child’s teacher is to help them shoulder the cost of supplies. Next time you hit the big box store or put in an online order for supplies for your own home, grab something for your child’s classroom. This time of year, teachers can always use tissues, clening wipes, and hand sanitizer to combat cold season. Other great items to purchase are pencils, crayons, glue sticks, dry erase markers, and pencils. Did I mention pencils? If you aren’t sure what might be helpful to buy, send in a quick note to your child’s teacher for suggestions.
Write a Note to the Teacher
Take a few minutes this week to write a note of thanks for your child’s teacher. Even a simple note will go a long way reminding a teacher their hard work and dedication has not gone unnoticed.
Have Your Child Make a List
Ask your child to make a list of all the things he or she likes about the teacher. Your child’s teacher will so appreciate a sweet note from a student. Plus, your child will learn how to put gratefulness into practice.
Grab a Gift Card
Find out where your child’s teacher likes to eat, shop, or play and grab a gift card to one of those places. Spending some time enjoying a favorite spa or going out to see the latest movie is a great way for all of us to relax and re-charge.
Draw A Picture
Have your child draw a picture for your teacher. They can simply color a page of a coloring book specifically for their teacher. Or, perhaps they can draw a picture of themselves with their teacher.
Give Thanks with Breakfast
If you want to show your gratitude for the whole teaching staff, send in breakfast one morning. The teachers will definitely feel appreciated if there are some delicious pastries and hot coffee just for them in the teacher’s lounge.
Taking the time to give thanks for your teachers this November is a great way to give back to these hard-working individuals. It also has the added benefit of creating the opportunity to teach your child how to show the people in their life that they are grateful for them.