There’s no doubt about it; teachers work hard. And many times, they go above and beyond for students in so many ways. They give extra of themselves – time, energy, or their own resources. I know a thing or two about this because I was a teacher before my kids. It can sometimes be a thankless job, but more often than that, it is incredibly rewarding.
This past fall, my son started Kindergarten. I was suddenly on the other side of things and it was a whole new perspective. My son was apprehensive about starting and I knew it was going to be a challenge. A full day program was definitely going to throw him for a loop. And I was right. We had several days of him refusing to get out of the car. One day of actually dragging him out of the car. There were many mornings of tears (some mine). I honestly would not have made it through those first few weeks without the help of the amazing staff at his school.
My son’s homeroom teacher, Mrs. H., reassured me that this was normal. She went out of her way to make sure he felt welcome, safe, and happy. She told me that this would all blow over by October and he’d be hopping out of the car by Halloween. She followed up with phone calls to our home on Sunday nights to give him a pep talk – knowing it could be difficult to come back to school after a weekend home. I felt incredibly thankful that my son was in her hands each day.
Fast forward 2 months and Halloween just has passed us by. Sure enough, my son hops out of the car each day. Sometimes he forgets to say goodbye. Other days, he asks for a kiss on his hand when he suddenly remembers he’s still little (The Kissing Hand – a must if your child is going off to school!). But most days, he just says, “Bye, Mommy,” happily. Mrs. H. was right. She was spot on and I know her support, kindness and EXTRA efforts was what carried him through those rocky first, few weeks.
No gift could really ever thank her, but as we enter the season of giving thanks, we’re giving Mrs. H. a Gift of Extras, for all her Extra Kindness.
Teacher Gift: A Gift of Extras for an Extra Special Teacher
I chose items that I knew teachers always need – all the ‘extras’ that they can always use.
For fun, we coordinated the colors so that it would all look pretty displayed on her desk – like these painted binder clips…
… and these matching pens and note pad.
I also included other teacher necessities, like a tumbler to keep her coffee/tea warm and Extra Gum for those moments when she needs a little boost!
What I included:
Decorative Binder Clips
Decorative Pail – Great for Small Desk Items like clips or pens
Packs of Extra Gum
2 Post It Pads
…all in a pretty wire basket that she can certainly find use for in the classroom.
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We had so much fun putting this together. It’s an easy, inexpensive and fun way to say thank you to someone who has given their extra effort.
Who would you like to thank for giving you extra?
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