Celebrating Mom (AKA Teacher Appreciation)

By Crystal Ladwig, Ph. D.
Mother and son

This is a special time of year — Mother’s Day, springtime flowers and spring festivals abound. Schools of all types, including homeschools, start thinking about wrapping things up for the year and begin planning for the next. What better time to express your appreciation to the teacher you love best: Mom! Here are some ideas for how to celebrate Mom during this time.

Traditional Teacher Appreciation Gifts

In May of each year, it’s not hard to find cards and gifts in nearly every store dedicated to teachers. “World’s Greatest Teacher” coffee mugs, apple- themed items, cards, candy and balloons all help families express their gratitude to their children’s teachers. Some homeschooling families choose to express their thanks in similar ways. Others make it more personal.

Personal Teacher Appreciation Gifts

What would help Mom the most? Maybe it’s some time to herself, a weekend getaway with some friends or a relaxing day at the spa. Maybe it’s a clean house or a week without cooking!

As you prepare to celebrate your homeschool teacher, think about what would mean the most to her. These personal, thoughtful expressions of gratitude are appreciated and valued, often more so than traditional gifts.

Give Her Something to be Proud of

Let’s face it. Homeschooling moms work hard. We do it all because of the love we have for
our children. What better way to show your appreciation than to demonstrate how well all her hard work has paid off? Take time to paint or sculpt something special. Write an essay about something Mom loves. Create your own cards. Memorize a favorite text and recite it to her. You could even grow your own flowers to give her.

Show Her She’s Making a Difference

Whatever way you choose to celebrate Mom at this time of year, make sure to show her that she’s making a difference. Homeschooling is hard, and moms and dads alike give up a lot to do it. But
it’s so worth it. Let her know how much she’s appreciated, that you see how hard she works and that the kids are learning, growing and thriving. Then give her a break, let her catch her breath and keep learning and growing!

What If…

While it’s not always the case, most homeschooling parents are moms. But what if it’s Dad? Follow the same recommendations and let him know how much you love and appreciate all he does for you and for the entire family. And if you’re the homeschooling Mom reading this? Just leave this issue open on this page on the kitchen counter, assign it as a reading assignment or bluntly tell your family what you need. After all, you deserve it!

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