Teacher Appreciation Week is right around the corner – I’m room mom for both my boys’ classes, so I’ve been getting emails from the PTO reminding me that it’s approaching. We love their teachers and I am so glad for an opportunity to thank them for all their hard work!
I’ll share some gift ideas that I’ll be doing for our kids’ teachers below, but first let’s talk about this fun printable. I think it’s great to have the kids give their teachers something especially from them, so I came up with this adorable free printable you can have your child customize for their teacher. You could even print one out for each student and then bind them into a little book for their teacher to keep. Update, February 2017 – I received a request from a reader to share a Spanish-language version, which is a great idea! You’ll find both English and Spanish versions below.
Just click here or on the image below to download a printable PDF and you’ll be all set!
And click here to download the Spanish-language version of the printable.
As I mentioned above, I’ll also be doing a little something special for our boys’ teachers each day during Teacher Appreciation Week. Here’s what I’ll be doing. You can easily modify these for your teacher’s interests and for your desired budget, but these will give you a great starting point:
• Monday: I’ll provide them with their favorite caffeinated drink to help them make it through the week. Both of my boys’ teachers love Coke, so I’m going to get a 2-liter for each of them and pair it with a cute insulated cup from Dollar Tree. ($3 per teacher)
• Tuesday: I’m ordering each of them lunch to be delivered to the campus. Teachers never get to go out for lunch during the week, and this way they’ll get a break from bringing food from home – or from cafeteria food! ($10 per teacher)
• Wednesday: I’m giving them each two pairs of flip flops from Old Navy to thank them for leading my kids to learn, and to get them in the summer mindset (I’m sure they’re only too eager for summer to arrive)! ($5 per teacher)
• Thursday: I’m sending a bag of their favorite candies to thank them for being so sweet (I had them each complete a survey before Christmas to give parents ideas for gifts, so I know their favorite candies to purchase). ($5 per teacher)
• Friday: I’m giving each of them a gift certificate for a manicure, so they can treat themselves to a little pampering over the weekend. $15 per teacher)
That adds up to $38 per teacher; if you wanted to spend less you could easily make your teachers a special lunch instead of having food delivered, or you could put together a little manicure kit to give them instead of doing a gift certificate. The main point isn’t how much you spend, but just making the effort to let your child’s teacher know she’s appreciated. If your child has a male teacher, just substitute Friday’s gift for something else!
No matter what, don’t forget to take the time to thank your child’s teacher for all they do!