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Celebrating National Teachers Day: A big thank you

Teachers make all the difference in the world. In fact, the education of children depends on great teachers. They are educators and mentors that give that little encouragement to our children.

So, we thank you = gracias.

In May, teachers across the United States will be appreciated for all their hard work. Although unclear when the official day actually started, The National Education Association (NEA) has been celebrating National Teacher Day on the 2nd full week of May.

But it wasn’t until 1944 when teacher Mattye Whyte Woodridge wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt that teachers needed a special dedication day. Hence, Mrs. Roosevelt persisted to Congress to consider a National Teacher Day.

Teacher showing clock to children

Now, teachers are remembered for their dedication and expertise on the Tuesday of the first full week of May. What a great honor!

And as Horace Mann once said: “Teachers teach because they care. Teaching young people is what they do best. It requires long hours, patience, and care.”

Yes, it does. It does require putting long hours of patience and dedication to organize lesson plans, activities, field trips and motivation to continue learning. In particular, bilingual teachers can sometimes do more.

Many of these educators have the tough task to prevent some children from being left behind in their education. And in some instances, need to rely on programs like the No Child Left Behind to encourage students to keep on learning. So, let’s thank all teachers and tutors for all their dedication and amazing work they do every day.

If you want to appreciate your teacher even more, give her or him something special. A special gift made exclusively by you is sometimes the best present.

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Materials:

  • Plastic empty clean container
  • Foam stamps
  • Washable paint
  • Glitter glue
  • Construction or color paper
  • Sparkly and foam stickers
  • Craft sticks
  • Tacky glue
  • Markers or crayons
  • Safety scissors

Instructions:

  1. Clean an empty plastic container. Tip: an empty coffee container works well for this project.
  2. Wrap the container in your favorite color paper and cut to fit. Set aside.
  3. Use various foam stamps in different colors to make designs on the color paper. Let dry and set aside.
  4. Repeat for lid.
  5. Print the butterfly and flower pattern from the Culture worksheet section.
  6. Trace on heavy-duty construction paper or tag board.
  7. Place some glitter glue all over the butterfly and flower.
  8. Paste some stickers and sparkles. Let dry and set aside.
  9. Paste the stamped color paper onto container using Tacky glue. Let dry and set aside.
  10. Repeat for lid.
  11. Paste the craft sticks to the dried butterfly and flower.
  12. Color the craft sticks with markers or crayons.
  13. Write ‘Thank You’ or ‘Gracias’ on the flower.
  14. Fill the container with wrapped candy and a pretty tissue paper.
  15. Fill with more chocolate candy and place the butterfly and flower sticks on the side.
  16. Other options: favorite recipe with cookie cutters, tea or coffee assortment, cookies in a pretty bag, small stationary supplies.

Barbara Mascareno

Barbara is an educational writer, teacher, and instructional designer. She loves to write K-12 education content, teaching strategies, bilingual education approaches, and foreign language.

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