May 5, 2021 — By Wendy Sachs

So as the school year comes to an end we find ourselves in some new situations. Maybe your little ones were at preschools in person or virtual schools; maybe they went to activities or joined in over the zoom link. Perhaps your kids have a private educator or a nanny that taught at home. Any way you look at it, for parents May is a time to appreciate all teachers that made the journey with us this year.

Let’s talk about a few ideas to show your appreciation for those ballet teachers, soccer coaches, classroom teachers and others who masked up and tried to make the best of it.

It’s always nice to have the kids be involved in saying thanks. That’s why a simple craft like colorful clothespins is both useful and something you can do with even young kids. Have your child draw a picture, dictate a letter, or even write one themselves.

Classroom teachers are often overloaded with cute teacher mugs, desk ornaments and such. Consider giving useful items like push pins, highlighters or journals. Books are always appreciated by teachers. Does your child have a favorite? Let them pick out a book to donate to the library or the classroom in honor of your teacher.

For coaches or other specialty teachers – we love the idea of a plant. Hello Bee is a blog with an adorable idea of painting pots and gifting a succulent plant. These are easy to do yourself or also something you can order and have delivered.

Why not consider giving them something to help them relax a bit this summer? You can create a basket with sunscreen, a beach towel and a favorite beach read. Perhaps tickets to a favorite outdoor sporting event or admission to Longwood Gardens or another outdoor venue.

ALWAYS appreciated are gift cards. You can be sure teachers use these and are so grateful. And if it feels impersonal, you can easily make it more meaningful by choosing something unique. Bloomscape has unique plants and can deliver your gift via email the same day! Plum Paper has planners, notebooks and even teacher planners! Some are starting to travel again, so why not an AirBnB gift card. Gift cards to local restaurants are always a hit, especially if you have an idea where your teacher likes to eat.

This year, more than ever, we know that those coaches and teachers have worked hard to do what is best for our children. This is a great time to let them know you noticed, it is appreciated and now it is time for them to relax!