These daily giving ideas to celebrate our teachers are wonderful ways to welcome in the new school year, whether it be remote or in person. Our teachers are working hard to keep our kids educated, socialized, and happy. So why not keep our teachers happy to with these daily gives directed to our teacher angels.
I will always remember the day when we heard the official news – “Due to the global outbreak of COVID-19 schools would be closed until further notice.”
As a mother of 3 elementary school age children the unanswered questions ran through my head faster than I could control them.
Even worse, I could feel the stress and anxiety levels rise in my body as the personal self-doubt set in instantly regarding my own ability to teach my children.
The same questions and feelings of panic went through parents’ heads from one end of the world to the other. In Canada the COVID-19 lockdown coincided with our 2 weeks off called March Break. I was ready for my own personal break when it was confirmed we were going to have a lot of quality family time together. March through to September. I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to make it through until I got the call that gave me a lifeline to our school.
I’m not just a mom of 3 boys but a Mom of 3 neurodiverse boys. The official school classification is “chronic health” or “special needs.” My kids dodn’t learn like the “average” students. They have special supports and individual educational assists that make learning possible for my kids.
The call simple said, “We are here for you. You are not alone.” They didn’t have all the answers. They weren’t sure what it would look like yet. But what they promised me was they would do everything I their power to continue teaching in this almost impossible situation.
Within a week we had our first calls set up with the children to connect. Within 10 days we had a curriculum that was best suited for my children and their learning ability. By the two week mark we started video calls just so my kids could be reassured by the smiles of their teachers.
That first smile turned into smile after smile as we slowly found our way in this new world of learning. Not every day was perfect, but we all accepted that with compassion and understanding. Some days we jumped for joy with the milestones we did make. A new word remembered and read, math done easily, and art done with creativity.
Our teachers were my angels. They got me through some very tough days. I cried when we said good-bye for the summer with a deep hope, we would see them in September. I held my breath waiting for the announcement in August that school would re-open not just remotely but in person learning. I would accept whichever way it went knowing they would be there for us.
On September 10th my children got to see their teachers for the first time. Even though we couldn’t see the smiles behind the masks their eyes lit up in a way that only gave us relief and happiness.
It was the moment that I personally knew how essential our teachers are to our children’s lives. I can’t do what they do. We know teachers don’t do their job for the money. They do it because they love being with our children. They love seeing them grow and knowing they are making a difference to so many.
We celebrate you.
We applaud you.
We can’t do this without you.
The greatest gift COVID-19 has given the world. How deeply grateful we are for all the teachers.
The entire family can give to our teachers. As moms we are grateful for their skill, patience and ability to adapt. As students we are thankful for their knowledge, patience, abilities and insight. Our daily gives are for both parents and students, as teachers directly affect us each and every day!
1) Send them a note of gratitude for risking their health and their families health by coming back to school.
2) Ask if there is any way you can help your children’s teacher navigate their new reality.
3) Get a small collection together with other parents to purchase your teacher a special gift or gift card.
4) Work with you teacher to get additional school supplies they may need for the classroom. (books, art supplies etc)
5) Send a note to the School District Superintendent or the Principal and tell them all the wonderful things about your child’s teacher.
1) Write a gratitude note for your teacher.
2) Ask if there is any way you could help them today in the classroom.
3) Wash your hands often to keep your teacher safe.
4) Bring a bouquet of flowers you pick from your garden.
5) Tell her a funny joke to make her smile. (the best gift!)
Celebrating our teachers is something we should do not just during lock down but a way we can celebrate them for all they give every day to our children. Right now, more than ever, we know we need our children and our teachers happy and healthy. It’s the gift of giving – it reduces our stress and makes us happy.
Building Your Happiness Muscles will keep us healthy in body and mind. As we navigate our new routines, add a daily giving program to keep you and your family happy, healthy and safely involved in your community.
Sign up today for daily giving ideas http://www.365give.ca/giving-ideas/that will keep you motivated and building those happiness muscles. Giving is a daily habit just like brushing your teeth that will lead you to happy every day.