Most parents remember to purchase a gift for their children's teachers for the holidays and the end of the school year. A gift to a teacher is an acknowledgment of the hard work and effort she has put into educating and caring for your child during the day. It's important to remember that some classrooms also have a teacher assistant. A small token of appreciation for teacher assistants will go a long way to making them feel that their position has an influence on the lives of the children they care for during the year.
A Handwritten Note
Most teachers love to receive gifts from their students that demonstrate how much they are appreciated. Have your child write a simple poem or letter of thanks to his teacher assistant. Consider writing a letter to the principal yourself applauding a teacher assistant's work and sending a copy to that teacher.
A Personal Gift
It may be hard for students to believe, but teachers do have lives outside the classroom. Have your child do some investigating and find out what his teacher assistant's hobbies and favorite after-school activities are and purchase a token gift around this hobby. If the teacher likes to knit, you may want to get her a few rolls of pretty colored yarn, or a box of golf balls for a golfer, or a gift certificate to a bookstore for an avid reader.
Gifts to Pamper
Show your teacher assistant that you appreciate the long hours she spends on her feet running after your child by giving her a gift to pamper herself. A gift basket filled with bubble bath, lotions, bath salts and pretty colors of nail polish is a nice gift that she can take home to pamper herself after a long day at school. A pedicure, manicure or massage at a local spa is a great gift. Tickets to the theater, movie passes or a gift certificate to a restaurant are gifts that show you appreciate her hard work and can help her to escape the stresses of school life for a few hours.
Give a gift that your child can participate in making. On a plain sheet of white paper, have your child hand-write "From the Desk of" at the top and draw a simple image such as a sun or a flower next to the teacher assistant's name. Take this paper to your local photocopy shop and have it made into personalized notepads. This is a practical gift that the teacher can use daily and be reminded of the effort your child put into making it a special gift.
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