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5 small and special ways to thank your child’s teachers

By Gail Belsky

At a Glance

  • It’s important to thank teachers and specialists who support your child.

  • You and your child can work together on DIY gifts and thank-yous.

  • Think of things that have personal meaning or that support the teacher’s interests.

If your child’s teacher or specialist has gone the extra mile to be supportive, you may be looking for ways to say thanks. Especially after a challenging year like this one.

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Practical items are a good way to go if you’re thinking of buying something. For example, a gift card to a supermarket or online store of any amount is both thoughtful and helpful.

You don’t need to buy a gift, however, to send a heartfelt thank-you. Here are some creative free or low-cost ideas that teachers are sure to appreciate.

1. Note your gratitude.

A handwritten card or letter still goes a long way. Try to be specific about what the teacher did that was extra supportive: “Helping Lea recognize her strengths made her feel better about school this year.” You might also note how the teacher helped you: “I always felt like you had my back in IEP meetings.”

2. Use art to show your appreciation.

Encourage your child to draw a thank-you picture or write a message. Use paper or note cards, or try an unexpected canvas: a DYI magnet or blank cardboard coasters from the craft store or even a blank tote bag.

3. Capture the year’s memories.

Work with other parents and caregivers to create a custom photo book full of pictures and messages. It might be parents from the general class. Or parents of kids who sing in choir with your child, or who are in your child’s social skills group. (Just make sure you get permission to use their child’s photo.)

4. Put their name on it.

Many teachers are always running low on basic supplies. A set of monogrammed pencils or pens or ones with a personalized message are both practical and personal. Plus, supplies are less likely to disappear from the classroom if they’re clearly marked with a teacher’s name or initials.

5. Support their interests.

Does your child’s teacher love to garden? Tuck a pack of seeds in a thank-you card or have your child write a poem about plants, flowers, or helping things grow. Is the reading specialist a dog lover? Wrap up a box of treats or make a small donation to the animal shelter. Try to involve your child in the process.

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Is your child struggling socially or with a school subject like reading? Use these conversation starters to open a dialogue with the teacher.

Key Takeaways

  • Thank-yous that support teachers’ interests can be especially meaningful.

  • Involve your child in the process of thinking of ways to show appreciation.

  • Let teachers and specialists know exactly how they influenced and helped your child.

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