LEARNING TO BE GRATEFUL SOME WAYS TO HELP CHILDREN APPRECIATE THEIR TEACHERS
DONATING SCHOOL SUPPLIES
Teacher Appreciation Week runs from May 6–10 this year, and there are plenty of ways students of all ages can thank their educators for everything they do. Being a teacher isn’t an easy job, and the people who make it their profession are passionate about helping kids learn. Depending on how old your child is, they may need a parent’s help in showing their appreciation. Here are a few ways parents and children can appreciate teachers together.
write an appreciative note and then write one yourself. Teachers often have to maintain the happiness of students, administrators, and parents. Your card could relieve some of the stress of that balancing act and let them know that you acknowledge their efforts. Making a homemade meal (or dessert) shows teachers that you went the extra mile to appreciate their hard work. You could make a favorite dish of yours or try to find a new recipe online. Either way, encourage your child to help you with the process so that the meal is truly a gift from both of you. A HOMEMADE MEAL
Many teachers use their own money to buy school supplies for their classroom. This is just one of the ways teachers go above and beyond on a daily basis, and buying some extra school supplies can help ease that cost. Take your child shopping with you and help them pick out supplies that you know their teacher will appreciate. Your children spend several hours a day with their teachers, so fostering relationships with them is vital. Use this day to help your children understand the importance of teachers, to teach them the power of gratitude, and to encourage them to show respect for everyone who helps them in life.
This gesture is simple and sweet and can be very thoughtful. Telling a teacher what makes them outstanding can often be just as valuable as a gift. Help your child
SNAG A MAKEUP LESSON BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE! GOING OUT OF TOWN?
WHY GROUP CLASSES?
We know many of our students are excited to hit the road this summer, and we wish them a great vacation! Whether your family is planning on spending time on the lake or heading out to see relatives (or if your young musician is going to summer camp), it’s a good idea to reserve their makeup classes ahead of time! These courses give your family flexibility over the summer while ensuring your student continues to learn and develop their musical talents, but space is limited. For those new to our school, we offer free classes every month to accommodate students who may have missed their regularly scheduled lesson. That way, if your student gets sick or you go on a family vacation, they can pick up their music training right where they left off. We keep the latest schedules for these makeup classes in our front desk area. To accommodate our teachers’ busy schedules, there are a finite number of available makeup classes each month, in which an instructor will lead a group of up to six students through a lesson. WHAT IS A MAKEUP CLASS?
While we would love to be able to schedule individualized makeup lessons to accommodate our students, it just isn’t feasible, because our teachers are in such high demand. These classes are instrument- and age-specific, however, and offer great opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, something not possible in individual lessons or large groups. Most importantly, these classes ensure your child stays on a regular schedule of musical instruction, so they can get the most out of their MnSoM experience!
EXPANDED CLASS OPENINGS
Thanks to the growth of our school, we’ve increased the number of makeup classes we offer to six per month. However, with many families going on vacation, we expect these lessons will fill up quickly. If you already have travel plans scheduled that will cause your child to miss out on a lesson, be sure to sign up today!
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