Thank Your Child's Educator During Teacher Appreciation Week
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So, how do you nurture your child’s appreciation for his teachers? The following four ideas should jump start you:
1. Be creative
Help your child create a handmade gift for her teacher. Handmade is better than purchased because it requires thought and effort. Your help can be a little or a lot, depending upon your child’s age and level of motivation.
2. Put pen to paper
Suggest that your child write a thank you note to his teacher. Suggest specific ways to say thanks. For example: “Thank you for helping me learn cursive writing”; “Thanks for taking us on that awesome field trip last week”; “I’m so proud that I can do long division now, thanks for teaching me!”.
3. Spread the love
Don’t stop with the classroom teacher! Your child can say a big thank you to the PE, science, computer, music, resource room, and other teachers. And, remind her to also thank the teachers who work outside of school—the sports coach, piano teacher, tutor, and gymnastics instructor.
4. Be a role model
Your child will be much more likely to show appreciation for his teachers when he sees you doing so first. A simple acknowledgement of recognition is all that is really needed. Everyone needs to know they are appreciated. Teachers, who play a critical role in your child’s growth and development, deserve it more than anyone.