3 Ways to Thank Your Child’s Teacher this Holiday Season

Guest post by Jamie Morris, preschool principal

As principal of a preschool, every year I am asked the same question: What can I do for my child’s teacher this holiday season?

Gift cards are a great way to show your appreciation for a teacher while giving him or her the opportunity to choose something they need. Choose a gift card from a store where everyone shops such as Wal-Mart, Target or even a local grocery store. You will be surprised by how pleased they are with this gesture.

Another great gift idea is to buy something for your child’s classroom. When visiting the classroom, spend time looking at what it needs such as a new easel, cushions for a soft area to read, books, or even a set of blocks. The teacher will appreciate you noticing, and the gift will benefit your child and his or her classmates.

While all the aforementioned are great practical gifts, what a teacher will most appreciate this holiday season is a heart-felt thank you. Teachers dedicate their lives to helping your children reach their dreams. They do their best to make a difference in your child’s life so your child can make a difference in the world. If you and your child take the time to express your gratitude for the teacher’s hard work and dedication, it will be worth more than any gift they receive this holiday season.

Jamie Morris is a principal of a Children Of America school in Winchester VA. She has her BS in Family and Child Development from Virginia Tech.

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4 Responses to “3 Ways to Thank Your Child’s Teacher this Holiday Season”

  • Thank for for posting this article — it’s very timely. My husband and I were just talking about what to get our kids’ teachers for the holidays. Great tips. :)

    • I agree. Heather and I were excited to see this post as we were also thinking about what to do for our children’s teachers. It was great to have some input from someone with Jamie’s experience.

  • What a fantastic post and point-of-view. I love the idea about buying them something for the classroom.

    Thanks for this :)

    • Thanks, City Mom. This is something that I personally struggle with every year – what gift is the ‘right’ gift for my kids’ teachers? They spend so much time, energy and love with our children and I never know what to get to truly express our gratitude. Because of Jamie’s suggestions, we’ll be making homemade banana bread and special cards to go along with our teacher’s gifts this year. I have about 60 bananas hanging out in my pantry…just waiting on them to brown up! ;)

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