Mark Van Doren, a poet and writer once said, “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery”.
Teachers play such an important role in our children’s lives. Whether we homeschool our children or not, we inevitably have teachers some point in time.
For Hannah, these are the inspiring teachers in Sunday School, in swimming and dance classes. They make classes enjoyable and learning fun.
As we celebrated Teacher’s Day on 2 September in Singapore, we kept our gift simple and doable by the child. After all, it’s the child’s appreciation to her teacher right?
I know a lot of parents spend late nights baking and decorating wonderful presents for the teachers. Gifts range from handmade cookies to movie tickets. That’s wonderful, and yes, I do think teachers deserve a good break at the movies.
But I would like Hannah to understand that they are her teachers, not mine. I’ve already done my fair share of craft and thank you letters to my teachers.
And although her gift may be small, it really is her heart (spirit of thankfulness) that matters. It’s not about showcasing how beautiful or expensive her Teacher’s Day gift is.
Making Paper Doily Lollipop Flowers
To make these doily lollipop flowers, we need:
- Paper doilies;
- Mini lollipops (comes in a bag of 25);
- Washi tape/cellophane tape; and
1. Cut a straight line to the centre of the paper doily.
2. Have the wrong side of the doily face up. Then slide your lollipop to the centre.
3. Roll the doily around your lollipop.
4. Twist the end of the doily. Secure with washi tape or cellophane tape.
We created a bouquet of these and gave them to each teacher. Hannah spent over two evenings making 39 paper doily flowers. She did them while I put Elijah to sleep.
When Hannah’s Sunday School teacher asked if her mother had made them, Hannah proudly told her teacher that it was she that made all the flowers.
It might not have been the prettiest bouquet received. It wasn’t the most expensive gift. Surely it is a gift from the heart and with much dedication.