SCHOOL IS STARTING. So many parents and kids are excited (possibly parents more than kids) that back to school time has arrived. Well, I want to help you out as you meet your child's teacher and think about all the supplies they are asking for AND possibly even getting them a gift to start the year off!
**This post is in no way saying you need to get your child's teacher a gift. It's not expected. As always, as a teacher, gifts are very appreciated. BUT if you were already thinking about getting a little something, I wanted to offer some help. **
First, you're at WalMart or Target. Supply list in hand. And if you have more than one kid in school, then the shopping trip is even bigger. I get it. I'm a mom. That's a full cart of stuff. And you think, "12 glue sticks? She has 18 kids in her class. She's getting 216 glue sticks! Who needs that many?" And you grab the 3 pack and move on your way.
Trust me, last August I looked at my classroom closet and glue sticks were everywhere! I thought, "Man I won't have to buy glue sticks this year." Fast forward to August, what's in my shopping cart? Two 12 packs of glue sticks.
Why? THEY ARE USED ALOT. Seriously, I think each kid went thru a glue stick a week. And yes, I bought the extras myself as we were running low. (I had asked parents for snacks, money for field trips, class shirts, etc.. but this point and was already at Walmart and knew I needed them) Your child's teacher will spend somewhere between $700 to $1000 out of pocket this year on their classroom. Not to mention those inventive teachers who also dumpster dive to repurpose items. (yes, this happens)
So, grab the 12 pack. If you're feeling generous to teachers, grab another. Your teachers are not asking for things they do not use or do not need, trust me.
**EXTRA NOTE: When buying pencils BUY Ticonderoga. They are the best. Seriously. They last through vicious chewing from nibblers, lots of sharpening and use better than any other. And they don't have to be sharpened as often. I don't know why, but pencils disappear quickly in every classroom. Your teacher will thank you for saving them some time after school sharpening pencils daily.**
You can use this information now OR save this for Christmas (Teacher Appreciation week, end of the year, etc..), but let me tell you what a teacher DOES NOT NEED.
A coffee mug.
We had teachers moving classrooms that literally found like 30 or so mugs. Do teachers like coffee? Yes. But we have mugs. If you insist on a mug, then get them a cool fancy one that is unique to them and their interests. Something about mermaids, or unicorns, whatever you learn they love.
If you don't know what they love, ask them! Send them a sheet in to fill out with their favorite things. Do you run by Starbucks every am? Maybe once a month or less pick them up a coffee too! Chick fil A easy breakfast day? Who doesn't love a chicken biscuit? (ok, if your teacher is a Vegetarian they won't want one) Easy little things that tell the teacher you appreciate them. It doesn't have to be big gifts once or twice a year.
Other gift ideas? Gift cards. Teachers love gift cards. Did you know teachers are not paid during the summer? Ok, they get a check in June that covers summer, but they have to deposit, be frugal and pay themselves. And when they see classroom items over the summer here and there it can go fast. So, they save gift cards to help save money all summer! Whether your teacher loves Starbucks, Disney or is a Movie Buff you can easily buy a $5 or $10 gift card and it will be appreciated!
So, there you go. From a former teacher to all of you. The truth about what they want. I may have missed some thing, but it's a good starting point.
And in case you haven't seen it yet, here's a couple awesome Back to School videos for parents for you to enjoy on this Monday! Who doesn't love The Holderness Family.
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