7 Ideas to Help Your Child’s Teacher

I’ve been thinking a lot about teachers lately. They put in a lot of work and resources to help children learn and succeed. Often, their efforts aren’t always recognized. So let’s change that! Why not help your child’s teacher provide a wonderful learning experience to your children?

I have several friends who are teachers. They love what they do, and they are amazing at it too! Plus, I can remember the impression my teachers made on me when I was in school. The majority of them were really great, and I think they made a big impact in who I am today.

Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students." ~Solomon Ortiz - 7 Ideas to Help Your Child's Teacher, How to Help Series, Part 1 - www.MePlus3Today.com #quote #TeacherAppreciation #BackToSchool #inspiration #RAKtivist


From my recent posts, I’m sure you noticed that I really enjoy helping others and doing random acts of kindness. So as I’ve been thinking about my teacher friends prepping for the new school year, I decided to write about how you can help your child’s teacher.

I see A LOT of posts with beautiful and creative gifts for teachers. I know teachers appreciate any and all gifts, but what else can parents do to help? What do teachers really need?

Once I had this idea, I thought to myself, “Why stop there?!?!” So I’m actually going to start a “How to Help Series.” Once each month, I will highlight how you can help a particular profession or specific types of people in the world. To share the best ideas, I plan to interview a few individuals from each profession in order to get REAL answers, from the people who actually need the help!

I love that not only will I learn something and be able to take advantage of these pointers, I’ll also get to share them with others too! My hopes are to spread the helpfulness and kindness far beyond my reach.

Well, let’s get to it!

While you’re gathering backpacks and school supplies, take a few moments to read what you can do to help your child’s teacher. 

I gathered the information for this post by polling a few of my teacher friends, and based on their responses, this is what I came up with. The particular set that I spoke with teach younger elementary grades (ie. 1st through 4th grade.) There was a lot of overlap in their responses, so I was able to condense it into 7 simple ideas!

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7 Ideas to Help Your Child’s Teacher

1. VOLUNTEER

Any amount of time is incredibly appreciated, even if it’s only 30 minutes. Or only once or twice per year. There are a lot of options you can do if you ask, that will fit your schedule and abilities. And it will help your child’s teacher so much! One teacher said that she will even have parents contact her at the very last minute, on the actual day they are available to volunteer. She is ALWAYS able to find something helpful for them to do.

2. COMMUNICATE

Stop in or check in with the teacher frequently and ask ANY questions you may have about your child’s education. You don’t need to wait until conferences! Keeping in close contact will not only benefit the teacher, but also you and your child. Education can work better as a team!

3. DONATE

Everyone is expected to do more with less. Budgets continue to be cut in corporations and schools alike. But the same, and even better, performance is expected. This can be tough on a teacher, who will spend their own hard earnings to provide enriching learning activities for children. So teachers are incredibly grateful for a variety of donations, such as: school supplies (pens, pencils, paper, etc.), stickers, cleaning supplies, tissues, and even small games or prizes. Remember, there is more than 1 student in each class, so it is OK to give multiples of the same item! Even the smallest donation can go a long way for a teacher.

4. ASK

If you want to donate something, but you aren’t sure what to get, just ask the teacher. I bet they have a classroom wish list that they could easily provide. Or if you want to volunteer but don’t know what to do, again, just ask! Teachers answer questions all day, they will answer yours too!

5. UNDERSTAND

Like I said in #2, education can work better as a team! It is so helpful when parents understand what an important role they actually play in their child’s education. Hold kids responsible for their homework and behavior. Even go a step further, and check their homework. These actions help to reinforce what they are learning from the teacher. It helps the teacher to stay on pace with the curriculum and not have to spend so much time reviewing previous lessons with students. Understand that kids learn from parents too, so it’s helpful to set an example and stress the importance of education to your kids.

6. BE INVOLVED

Attend school functions. Attend parent-teacher conferences. Or like I mentioned in #1, volunteer! Again, these actions help show children that their education is important, not just to them, but to you too. This might help children enjoy school more and be more willing to learn, which in turn reduces some challenges teachers may face while teaching the class.

7. KIND WORDS

You don’t have to spend money or a lot of time to help your child’s teacher. Even just a few kind words or a thank-you card will go a long way! They probably don’t hear these enough. In fact, we ALL deserve kind words, so use them freely and frequently in your daily life!


"Teaching is the essential profession, the one that makes all other professions possible." ~David Haselkorn - 7 Ideas to Help Your Child's Teacher, How to Help Series, Part 1 - Real answers from real teachers that will REALLY make a difference. - www.MePlus3Today.com #quote #TeacherAppreciation #BackToSchool #inspiration #RAKtivist

These are some very simple ideas that you can do to help your child’s teacher. Teachers play such an important roll in children’s lives, and they are giving them an education that will last a lifetime. So why not show how much you appreciate the work your child’s teacher does and try a few of these ideas to help make it a little easier for them?


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Tina Ernspiker
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Great article! Teachers definitely have a hard job and need supportive parents! Hey I tried to pin but my pin button could not find any images… maybe it's me but just in case I wanted you to know 🙂 #ibabloggers

Sarah @ Me Plus 3... TODAY!
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Thanks Tina! I appreciate you letting me know about the pin button not finding any images… hmm… I wonder how I'll fix that?!?! 🙂

Jamie Tomkins
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Great tips!! My son goes to a private Christian school and they are very interested in parents involvement, etc. Being a part of the PTF and being there for the teacher's is such a big deal. Love this post – shared it on Pinterest!! #ibabloggers

Sarah @ Me Plus 3... TODAY!
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Thanks! I'm glad that your son's school has a similar view on parent involvement, it encourages me that my post wasn't too far off base! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing!

Anonymous
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I really enjoyed this. Especially since im a first timer with my oldest starting kindergarten. Im excited to see future ones in this series

Sarah @ Me Plus 3... TODAY!
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I'm so glad you liked it! Wow, starting kindergarten, that's a big milestone! I hope it goes well for all of you!<br /><br />If you want to see future posts, feel free to check me out on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/meplus3today) or subscribe to have posts delivered by email using this link: http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=MePlus3Today&amp;loc=en_US<br /><br />Thanks

Dawn
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I love your servant's heart! 🙂 You are a blessing and I know your series on helping will be a definite encouragement.<br />

Sarah @ Me Plus 3... TODAY!
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Thanks Dawn! I've got all sorts of ideas in store for this series! Stay tuned… 🙂

Katelyn
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I love the idea for your new series. You have such a great heart and are going so far outside of your comfort zone. It's impressive!

Sarah @ Me Plus 3... TODAY!
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Thanks so much Katelyn! And thanks for featuring this post for the HDYDI Link Up! 🙂

Stacey Gannett
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What a wonderful post! When my kids did go to public school, now they are homeschooled, I tried to always do as many of those as I could. Most teacher's do work really hard. The teacher's that mine had in their younger years were always wonderful! I think that another very important thing is helping the children be kind, helpful, and respectful. Thank you so much for sharing on This Momma

Sarah @ Me Plus 3... TODAY!
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Thanks so much! Yes, I agree that helping the kids to be kind and respectful is so important too! Thanks for stopping by!

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Thanks for joining in Weekends Fun Party this week. Have a fabulous Labor Day!!

Sarah @ Me Plus 3... TODAY!
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Thanks!

Liv bySurprise
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Stopping over from HDYDI! These are great tips and reminders on the eve of the first day of school! Thanks!

Sarah @ Me Plus 3... TODAY!
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Thanks for stopping by! School starts tomorrow in our area too! Have a great night!

Deborah @ MommyCrusader.com
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My husband is a teacher in a high school, and he concurs with the things that you have posted. A helpful, supportive parent is one of the best things that a student can have. Teachers have SO MUCH that they have to do, anything that can be done to help is appreciated.

Theresa (Capri + 3)
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These are great tips. It is wonderful that you have friends who are teachers that provided insight as to what would be helpful to them in their classrooms. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

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