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Every year parents across the country show their appreciation for their child’s teacher during Teacher Appreciation week. But what about homeschool moms? I think it is time we start celebrating Teacher Appreciation for homeschool moms too!
It isn’t always easy being a homeschool mom. I know LOTS of homeschool families and not a single one chose to homeschool because they were too lazy to get up and put their kids on the school bus. Homeschool moms wear a lot of hats:
- School Nurse
- Curriculum Developer/Purchaser
- Guidance Counselor
- Lunch Lady
- Bus Driver
- . . . and everything else that they do as mom or in their career!
Showing teacher appreciation for homeschool moms seems like the right thing to do seeing how they juggle so many different tasks!
Teacher Appreciation week is May 6 – 10 this year (2019).
Teacher Appreciation for Homeschool Moms
A Day Off
A few years ago I took an afternoon off ‘work’ in honor of Teacher Appreciation week. I met a few other local homeschool moms at a restaurant for lunch while a couple of homeschooled teens babysat all of the children. It felt absolutely luxurious to be served by a waiter in the middle of the day without a child in sight. Well, at least a child that I was responsible for feeding.
The moms left the lunch feeling recharged. We had a chance to slip out of the ‘mom’ and ‘teacher’ roles and just be ourselves for a while.
The kids had a blast playing together. Let’s face it, a teenage babysitter has way more energy than a tired mom.
It was a win-win for everyone!
One of the things I like about this idea is that a homeschool mom can plan it herself. It actually is easier for a homeschool mom to plan it herself because she knows her schedule, friends, and restaurant choices better than anyone else. If this is something that sounds fun to you, don’t wait for someone else to plan it. Set it up and tell your friends.
An Inspirational Book
I don’t know about you, but I can always use a little homeschool inspiration at this point in the school year. The last two months of the school year are the longest in my house. The weather is warm, but not too warm. The sun is shining. There are so many things we would rather be doing than working through grammar assignments.
I need a little homeschool inspiration to finish the year strong.
Julie Bogart’s newest book, The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life, fits the bill perfectly. This book encourages moms to create an enchanted education for their children. That sounds like it would be an exhausting goal, but Julie manages to break it all down into bite size pieces. She offers ideas that are magical, yet fairly easy.
I met Julie at a homeschool convention years ago and have had the pleasure of conversing with her through social media. If anyone can encourage and inspire homeschool moms, it is Julie!
Children have this wonderful ability to pour their souls into their artwork. Their personalities shine through whether they are creating pottery, painting on a canvas, or shading with chalk pastels. My kids create a lot of art and I can usually tell which child was the artist. Their styles are totally different. I love it.
Child artwork is kind of like a time capsule. It shows their developing motor skills, favorite colors, and often times, what they thought was important. Artwork changes as children grow. The art created by a 4 year old will be vastly different than artwork created by the same child 5 years later.
There are a few ways to use child artwork to celebrate teacher appreciation for homeschool moms. Children can:
Paint a canvas
Paint personalized coasters
Go to a pottery shop and either create pottery or glaze a carefully chosen piece of clay pottery
Frame a favorite piece of child artwork
Thank you note
A thank you note is a great way to show someone how much you appreciate them. Sure, you can (and should) tell the homeschool mom in your life that you appreciate the way they _________________ (fill in the blank – educate the children, make learning fun, go out of their way to ‘socialize’ the children, etc.). A note takes it one step further.
A sweet thank you note can be pulled out and re-read on a hard day.
Thank you notes can come from a spouse, co-parent, or the children. I love getting thank you notes from my children. They typically focus on thanking me for cooking for them. This seems appropriate given their constant eating.
Flowers are an easy way to show appreciation. There are so many beautiful flowers available in spring! They are even available in a wide variety of price points:
- Free – pick flowers from a garden
- $10ish – a bouquet from the grocery store
- $40ish – 50 roses from Costco.com (requires a membership, but I know firsthand that these roses are lovely.)
- $60ish – Farmgirl Flowers
The nice thing about flowers is that they can be enjoyed for a few days. Potted plants or even a new outdoor plant are a great option that can be enjoyed long term.
Share this post with a homeschool mom who could use a Teacher Appreciation Day!
Teacher Appreciation week is May 6 – 10 this year (2019). How will you celebrate?
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