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Teacher Appreciation Day

April 17, 2009

I received an email today titled:  Great gifts for teacher appreciation week!

I remembered all the parties I organized and gifts I bought, chipped in on, and planned for Coco’s teachers over the years.  And of course I wondered if I can get in on this action now that I’m her teacher.  Probably not.  Yet, it gives me a great idea.

I think every homeschool mom or dad should plan a teacher appreciation day!  Wait, you say, that’s what Mother’s Day is for!  Well I say, who cares?  One more day to celebrate me sounds great.  I could sit around and wait for my husband and kids to express their appreciation for me, but let’s be honest.  That might take years to happen.  I don’t want to be holding my grandbaby when I hear for the first time how beneficial homeschooling has been.

I have decided to pick a day at random and write on my calendar…Teacher Appreciation Day.  Having experienced this in the school system for many years, I know exactly what is required.

I will force my kids to write notes of appreciation to me and I am considering getting myself a Starbucks gift card.  I will also collect all the cute photos I have from the year and make myself a scrapbook.  Why not?  I will cut some fresh flowers and deliver them to myself, and possibly hold a luncheon in my honor.   I will accept it all graciously and maybe even shed a couple tears.  A new coffee mug may also be in order. 

For all of you moms who say you don’t do this for thanks…good for you!  I however, could use a little boost to finish out this year and gear up for the next 12. And hey, our kids should learn how to say thanks, right?   

I think every homeschool dad should do this for his wife, but chances are it won’t cross their minds.   And even if it does cross their minds–thanks to a well-placed hint–how many dads could pull off this day as well as you could yourself?

You know your favorite coffee place, and the best photos to print.  You know the prompting questions to get those letters of thanks flowing.  You know whether you want a fast food burrito or a rack of lamb for lunch.  You can treat yourself to a day of, well…you better than anyone else!

So get started.  Pick a day and enjoy.  I’m off to fantasize about having a room mom and teacher in-services.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 18, 2009 5:41 am

    I totally agree! And you’re teaching a mixed-age classroom which takes a very gifted teacher…celebrate it, girl!!!

  2. turtlemomma permalink
    April 18, 2009 8:36 am

    Good for you. Let us know how it goes!
    Happy Teacher Appreciation week!

  3. mamala permalink
    April 21, 2009 12:55 pm

    It’s about durn time you celebrated you.
    I’m really good at this if you need any tips.
    Of course having all four of the kids growed-up and moved out has afforded me the time.
    I am glad that you aren’t waiting.

  4. April 23, 2009 8:53 am

    I LOVE the idea! My friend who knows I home school sent this to me and though I should forward it on to my husband. 🙂 I think I WILL put teacher appreciation on my school calendar for next year and celebrate it up! I do home school for my kids and forget the not wanting to be thanked, I think we all need to be thanked some of the time I mean come on. 🙂

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