Teacher Appreciation Week

National Teacher Appreciation Day is May 7th, but at Carter's school we celebrate for a whole week (April 29th through May 3rd). Carter's teacher and aides are amazing, and as room mom I knew I wanted to spoil them and make them feel extra special all week long. Plus, I have been a substitute teacher for 9 years and a lot of my friends are teachers, so I know what they want and don't want when it comes to gifts. No teacher expects any gifts, but it is so nice to make them feel special and tell them thank you for tying my child's shoes a million times each day, helping them wipe or blow their nose, listen to their silly stories, help them put jackets on and off, help them open packages from their lunch, and so much more. The list of things a teacher does all day long goes on and on, and in Carter's class there are 31 kids, so just imagine trying to teach and do all the little things for each student that you do at home for your own children. The work, love, energy and dedication of teachers holds such a special place in my heart. Being a teacher is no joke. God bless all teachers!

First of all, I think there should be no school themed or apple gifts. No teacher collects apples. Find out what your teacher loves, where she shops, her favorite restaurant, favorite soda or drink, etc. I made sure to do this at the very beginning of the year. I have known Carter's teacher for a long time and we are friends, so I knew some things she would love and want. I also know the aides in the class and it makes buying gifts through the year so much easier.

Here are the gifts that I planned with the help of Carter's entire class. I think everything turned out so cute. You can follow my Pinterest board that shows all of these ideas and more.

Monday: Flowers and Target gift cards

You can find the flower printable here 

Target printable here

Tuesday: Me-n-Ed's Pizza gift cards: I bought white pizza boxes and printed the cute saying on white paper and I actually colored the little pizza templates myself.

Wednesday: Starbucks gift cards. You can find the coffee printable here.

Thursday: we had no school

Friday: Chick Fil A gift cards.  You can find the printable here.

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