This week, we’ve invited a special guest, Marcia Gresko, our product development lead and a former teacher herself, to share some wonderful suggestions for how to tell your favorite teachers “Thank you!”
Vases carefully constructed from #2 pencils. Baskets brimming with scented candles and lotions. Homemade gourmet goodies, from salted caramel sauce to buckets of pretzels hand-dipped to look like apples!
It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, the time to thank the hard-working professionals who have such an influence on our children. The average elementary school student spends 943 hours a year in school. That’s a lot of time with teachers!
As a teacher for 15 years, I’m here to tell you that I marvel at your craftiness and appreciate the gift cards. What I am also here to tell you is NOT to worry if you’re not crafty or are on a budget. What I have framed, kept in albums, and treasured over the years are the heartfelt, hand-written notes from parents and students. My husband, a high school math teacher, has notes and drawings proudly taped to the windowsill above his computer. It truly is “the thought that counts.”
Here are two ways to work with your child to create personal and memorable messages to teachers while also learning some simple poetry forms. Win-win!
Cinquains have five lines and a specific structure.
- Line 1 1-word title (noun)
- Line 2 2-word description of subject (adjectives)
- Line 3 3-word words ending in –ing that describe actions (verbs)
- Line 4 4-word phrase that expresses feelings or adds to description.
- Line 5 1-word synonym for title (noun)
An acrostic poem uses the letters in the poem’s topic to begin each line. All the poem’s lines relate to or describe the topic.
When your child is done with his or her poem, have your child illustrate it.
And, if you’re really determined to craft something cute, you and your child can always create a custom frame for the poetry gift. Glue colorful magnetic letters, puzzle pieces, crayons, even buttons to an inexpensive frame, or create a simple frame from wooden rulers.
Check our Teacher Appreciation Week Pinterest board for more A+ teacher gift ideas.
Finally, if any of this seems overwhelming, a simple, heartfelt note is lovely!