Educators do a lot of work behind the scenes, which can go unnoticed if we as parents aren’t careful. That’s why we have a few simple ways you can help your child become more conscientious about being more thankful for their teachers.
Make a Thank You Time Capsule
Why not commemorate the impact of one teacher? The Thank You capsule is a simple way to do just that. Join together with the parents in your child’s classroom and have every child write down why they’re thankful for their teacher on a decorated piece of paper. Put them all in a jar and present to the teacher to read before burying it to be found later by classes to come. (This is always a fun thing to come back to once children have grown and look back at how much of an impact early educators had on their learning!)
Hand over a Bouquet of Thanks
There’s nothing like saying thanks with a homemade card! Handprint Blossoms bring even more creativity to the process by having children trace their hands to give cards a personal touch. Find out how to make them below!
- Shallow plates or trays
- White construction paper
- Green pipe cleaners
- Transparent tape
- Green tissue paper sheets, cut into approximately 5” squares
What to do
1. Place your child’s hand on a plate or tray containing a small amount of paint. Create several handprints on the piece of white construction paper.
2. After the paint dries, trace and then cut out the handprints.
3. Attach a green pipe cleaner stem to each handprint using transparent tape.
4. Cut and tape tissue paper or wrap it around the pipe cleaner to form the leaves.
5. Have your child write why they’re thankful for their teacher on the back of the handprint follower using colored pencils or markers.
6. Tie the handprints to a package to insert in a gift bag for a special teacher!
Find even more gift inspiration in 101 Great Gifts Kids Can Make!
The Kindness of a Simple Gesture
Noticing the small things can go a long way! Have your child keep an eye out for what their teacher’s favorite snacks are. Doing something as simple as bringing in a teacher’s staples with a short thank you can speak measures in showing a child is paying attention to what makes others’ happy. Finding out when a teacher’s birthday is and ensuring the class reaches out in some small way or another is also a great way to show appreciation. Just remember, it’s the smallest of details that makes the biggest difference.