Teachers are truly unsung heroes. Their dedication, hard work and love they shower on each and every one of their students deserves to be acknowledged and celebrated at every possible opportunity. If a beloved teacher of your child is expecting a baby and getting ready to go out on maternity leave, you can offer her one of these thoughtful gift ideas to let her know how much you care.
Organize A Classroom Baby Shower. The staff at your child’s school may give that expectant teacher a baby shower for the adults, but a fun baby shower for all the kids in the classroom will create a very special memory for the entire class. The shower does not need to be anything elaborate. It can include punch and cookies or bagels and juice for refreshments, and only take up an hour or two of the school day. Work with the classroom parents to send out notices to all the parents asking for a simple donation. Be sure to clear the idea with the principal or school administration beforehand. Depending on the age and maturity level of the students, you may be able to make the baby shower a complete surprise to the guest of honor.
A Quilt Designed By The Students. If you or another classroom parent is skilled at sewing, you may be able to create a lovely quilt designed and decorated by the students. Simple pieces of fabric sent home to the students to decorate with markers or basic art materials can be collected and then sewn together. Do not attempt to pull this off unless you have ample time to pass out the fabric and collect the finished pieces. Starting this project too close to the teacher’s maternity leave will lead to frustration and disappointment. However, if you have more than enough time to execute this plan, this will surely be a lovely memento for the gift recipient.
A Classroom Scrapbook. If you regularly attend all the special events at your child’s school you probably have more than enough pictures of your child’s current class to fill a small scrapbook. You can enlist the help of the other classroom parents in donating copies of their photographs as well. A scrapbook filled with photographic memories of the current school year will definitely touch the teacher’s heart.
A Letter From You And Your Child. Although the expectant teacher is probably more than ready to take her maternity leave and finish preparations for the new baby, there may be some frustration on her part in not completing the school year. Teachers have an enormous sense of responsibility towards their students and the beginning of maternity leave may be bittersweet. Take some time to write a heartfelt letter detailing all the special moments that have transpired so far in the school year. Include any favorite recollections, moments of pride and special achievements of the year. Your child can add a few lines or a picture to the card expressing his or her feelings of affection towards the teacher. This gift will surely mean so much to the teacher and become a treasured memento.
A Gift Certificate From All The Classroom Parents. Teachers are wildly underpaid and often pull money out of their own pockets to provide classroom essentials and special extras. A donation of just a few dollars from each set of classroom parents can provide enough money to purchase that expectant teacher a gift certificate to a local baby supply store. This gift certificate can help that special teacher shoulder the added expense of a new baby a litter easier.