DIY – Teacher Appreciation

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Many of you mommies with school-age children know that last week we celebrated and thanked our precious teachers with a day known as Teacher Appreciation Day. With my oldest about to graduate (from preschool) I’m becoming very familiar with this holiday and I realized this year just how much my boys’ teachers looked forward to this day.

Since our teachers do so much for our children – from helping them to write their names to teaching valuable social skills on the playground, I believe that next to parents, our teachers are some of the most influential people in our children’s lives. Even though we’re just about to embark upon this journey with our little family, I look forward to seeing both my kids develop a respect and love for their teachers as they grow.

In honor of these very special people, we celebrated the whole week with fun little surprises – all tied around the adorable children’s book series known for “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” If you happened to accidentally overlook this day, fear not, for I think any teacher would gladly accept an encouragement or two throughout the school year! Here’s how we showed our appreciation on:

If you give a teacher sweets…
One of my son’s teachers loves chocolate, so we spoiled her with a Dove milk chocolate bar. The other is not a fan of sweets, so instead we bought her roasted cashews. She just loved them!

If you give a teacher a flower…
I bought a bouquet of tulips (you’ll know as my fave if you follow me on Insta) and split them into mini bunches since we were celebrating multiple teachers. This was more cost-effective than individual bouquets and looked just as pretty!

If you give a teacher breakfast…
What teacher doesn’t love Starbucks? This was our big splurge for the week. My local grocery store has a whole section of pre-loaded gift cards. I found a three-pack of $10 Starbucks gift cards – jackpot! So whether they want a coffee or a croissant (or both) I knew this would have them covered.

If you give a teacher snacks…
Snacks can mean so many different things to different people. I discovered these adorable little packaged chips and hummus snacks – all set and ready to go. At my oldest son’s preschool, his teachers are often there until after 6pm, so this was the perfect thing to help tide them over until dinner.

If you give a teacher a compliment…
Ok, I know you’ve been waiting for it – here’s the DIY part! I made little “compliment” jars out of mason jars. Wrapping some sweets in pretty paper and writing nice things about the kids’ teachers really made me appreciate even more all the little things they do to help my children grow and learn. I added some twine and a little tag saying “sweet compliments for you!” and I had the perfect way to end our week of appreciation.

Hopefully this inspires you to celebrate the teachers in your life in your own way – even if it’s just a simple “thank you!”