Teacher Appreciation Week Ideas

teacherappreciationIt’s Teacher Appreciation Week! You remember growing up how some of your best teachers shaped and enhanced your life as a kid. They introduced you to things in the world and opened your ideas to learning ideas that still stick with you today. Teachers are sometimes the unsung heroes of the world. We rely on them to teach our children, but we sometimes take for granted just how important and valued they are. Think about how much time per school year that they spend with your child. Take your average 4th-grade student. He or she will spend on average 7 hours per day for 180 days each school year with their teacher for a total of 1260 hours. That’s an incredible amount of time spent each year teaching your child. So it’s essential and necessary to show the teachers in your life how much you appreciate all their time and effort. It does help teachers morale to receive a little “thank you gift” during this time.

In the early days of schooling in America, the common gift to give a teacher was an apple. This symbolic gesture has still lasted through the years, and many times on literature or ads to do with teachers you will see an apple symbol. In 2015, you have to be a little more creative with your gift ideas than a simple piece of fruit for a teacher. Here are some of the best, “out of the box” ideas for gift for the teachers in your life this Appreciation Week.

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The 100 Greatest Education Quotes

A child miseducated is a child lost.

John F. Kennedy


A good teacher must be able to put himself in the place of those who find learning hard.

Eliphas Levi


A liberal education is at the heart of a civil society, and at the heart of a liberal education is the act of teaching.

A. Bartlett Giamatti


An educational system isn’t worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn’t teach them how to make a life.

Author Unknown


All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind.

Martin H. Fischer


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The Kindergarten Readiness Checklist

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For first-time parents, it can be difficult to know when our children are ready to begin Kindergarten. They have been with us for their whole lives. They’ve adapted to us and us to them. Some parents are apprehensive. They worry their child will not cope well, or be misunderstood. Others are overconfident, and forget to help their kids learn some basic things.

For first-time parents, it can be difficult to know when our children are ready to begin Kindergarten. They have been with us for their whole lives. They’ve adapted to us and us to them. Some parents are apprehensive. They worry their child will not cope well, or be misunderstood. Others are overconfident, and forget to help their kids learn some basic things.

Anyway you look at it, starting school can be challenging for both parent and child. But there’s good news. Small children change and adapt very quickly. A skill they lack this week, they may easily pick up the next. Kids want to learn. Children have a natural desire to gain new skills, and they have boundless energy.

To help you and your little learner get ready, we’ve compiled a list of all the skills they need to succeed. We’ve also work-shopped a few home activities you can do with your child. It’s fairly comprehensive, and some are more important than others. A few of them, if unlearned, may inspire a frantic call from a teacher, but not many. And there’s a good deal of overlap between most skills. Your child doesn’t have to master all of them to enter school. But the more they know, the more they’ll grow, and the happier you’ll both be.

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