A lot of friends and their kids are already heading back to school this week and I still can’t believe it’s already that time of year. Two months seriously go by way too quickly!
Nonethless, students and teachers alike are heading back to their new classrooms and one aspect of each school year that is often overlooked is how families can establish those relationships early on. This doesn’t always mean having to come up with some Pinterest-mom-friendly gift, but there are a few things parents can do that will make any teacher love you throughout the year up ahead.
Take the time to introduce yourself.
Your child’s teacher is going to be interacting with your child for more hours out of the day than you are. This means they’ll quickly become the most important person, next to you, in your child’s life. Yes, they’re teachers teaching your child how to read, write, and compute numbers, but they’re also so many other things throughout the day.
Start each school year off right by introducing yourself, your child, and having those important conversations up front. This will help you and your child’s teacher build trust and open communication and thus less awkward conversations later in the year.
Be willing to donate to the classroom with both things and your time.
One of the biggest ways parents can be a true help to any teacher is by being available. Whether you’re the Room Mom or not, being available to help with the needs of classroom whether it’s to pitch in for more tissues or regularly assist in the classroom. By making yourself available to your teacher you’re developing key relationships and trust in the process. Plus, it always feels good to support your child in their learning environment!
Also, teachers may feel really weird to ask parents to help purchase things for the class. Try asking your teacher if they have any wish-lists on Amazon or even a Donors Choose page. To have parents be willing to make donations to those projects means you’re equipping the teacher with the necessary things to bring the, often boring, curriculum to life!
All teachers love little ‘pick-me-ups.’
Be that person who, from time to time, gets your child’s teacher that cup of coffee or a little bite to eat. Teachers go through a lot throughout the school year and there’s a lot of pressures that many families aren’t aware of. Sometimes those little gestures from their student families often mean the most. So, the next time you’re out and about and think to yourself, “Oh, Miss _______ would love this!“, just go ahead and get it for them. 🙂
Some of these little pick-me-ups include, but aren’t limited to:
- their favorite drink (i.e. coffee, tea, soda, etc.)
- their favorite snack or candy
- gift cards
- office supplies (I’ve never met a teacher who doesn’t love a good set of pens)
- child-made pictures and cards
- pretty much anything made by your child…
Teacher parents should appreciate other teachers, too.
This one is a funny one to mention because you would think, “duh!”. But, unfortunately a lot of teachers who have parents that are teachers go unnoticed throughout the school year. Regardless of being a teacher yourself, it’s important all parents remember to love on their child’s teacher this year.
Key times of year (in addition to what’s stated above) is:
- your child’s teacher’s birthday
- any life events like an engagement or new baby
- holiday breaks (check to see what holidays they do or don’t celebrate)
- teacher appreciation week
- and end of the year.
Need gift ideas?
If you’re looking for some easy ways to gift your child’s teacher this year, my shop has all kinds of fun ways to do just that! I love these wine labels because much like office supplies, I have yet to meet a teacher that doesn’t enjoy wine. Simply peel and stick to your favorite bottle and it’s ready to gift! Or, choose from these bestselling gift bags which I hand-letter myself. Another fun keepsake are these thumbprint trees! Having the kids ‘leaf’ their thumbprint and sign their name is sure to bring some tears to your child’s teacher!
Have a lovely kickoff to your new school year and I wish everyone the best!
Happy school year everyone!