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Provider Appreciation Day
This Friday, May 10th is Provider Appreciation Day. It is a day to appreciate and celebrate the teachers in this world who are working their tails off to help us mommies (and daddies!) raise our sweet little babies. I have said it before, and I will say it again... our teachers have THE MOST IMPORTANT JOB in the world. Hands down. These are the individuals we are entrusting to not only take care of our babies, but to teach them, nurture them...the list goes on and on. To further prove my point on the importance of quality childcare for our sweet babies, take a look at a few facts (taken from http://www.readyazkids.com/)
From Birth to age 3, children grow and learn at the most intense rate. By age 4, primary senses and basic motor skills are almost fully developed. (Hello! Who is teaching your child?)
90% of a child's brain development happens by age 5. (Again, hellooooo! The people that you are trusting to interact and teach your child is a crucial choice! They are influencing your babe's brain development! Does it get more important than this? NO!)
National Studies report that Children who are enrolled and exposed to HIGH QUALITY early childhood education are 40% less likely to be held back a grade or need special education, are 70% less likely to commit a violent crime by age 18, and have better cognitive and sensory skills and experience less anxiety. (Not to sound like a broken record here, but hellooooo! Why not set your child up for success?!)
So, if this still isn't eye opening, please. call me. or email me. Hopefully, these little facts helped open some eyes (if they weren't already) as to the important parts our teachers play in the development of young children. And if you already knew all of this, I am so glad! So my next question to all of you is this: what are you doing for your teachers this Friday? If there is any day to show your appreciation and celebrate your child's teachers, it is this Friday! Need some ideas? You are in luck, because I love a good excuse to shop for gifts (my love language is gift giving!) Hopefully, Ledoux's teachers aren't reading this right now... spoiler alert girls!
1.) A cute, handwritten card and a starbucks card (or any coffee shop!) If you want to, put it in a nice coffee mug (probably one that can be used on the go, our teachers don't have alot of time to sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee!)
2.) Go buy a super cute flower pot, or one that is pre-planted, and attach a card that says "thank you for helping me grow" or "thank you for helping me bloom". Feeling artsy? Make it into an art project with your little one, and paint it for your teacher(s).
3.) On a budget, but still want to do something nice? Try this! For a fun twist, go buy the vintage coke bottles. Another fun idea along these same lines would be to buy A&W rootbeer, and make a card to say "I think you are AWesome!" If you go the rootbeer route, think about including a glass and icecream scoop (and make it into a rootbeer float kit!)
4.) Get your little one involved and bake some yummy cookies together! Then, put them in a cookie jar with a note "I am one smart cookie thanks to you!" Our local hobby lobby, michaels, and target all have clear jars with small chalkboard decals on them, which I just love! These are also super easy to make too (just find a clear jar, and either a chalkboard sticker from your local hobby store, or get a small can of chalkboard paint and paint it right on the jar)
So there you have it, some easy ways to show appreciate to your teachers. And if your child isn't at childcare, you can still celebrate whomever is taking care of your sweet one... it is Provider Appreciation Day, not just for teachers. Please, please, please take the time to say "Thank you" this week.