Honor Parents and Guardians with Certificates
Megan, a 1st Grade Teacher from Brick, New Jersey, knows the importance of recognizing the support of those who help out at home. Her clever idea gives children a chance to thank those who mean the most to them.
“Each year, our school plans an end-of-the-year Awards Ceremony honoring students’ achievements. Students receive certificates citing their specific successes. The day following this ceremony, we talk in class about how family members and loved ones help support our personal successes. We use a chart to list many ideas of how parents helped us succeed in first grade (e.g., told me they loved me; helped with homework; prepared a healthy breakfast; bought school supplies, etc.)
I then print out a supply of blank certificates from the Internet and have my students personalize them to honor those people who helped them get to where they are today (in first grade). We dub these certificates the “Great Parents Award.” Students each choose three items from the chart list to copy onto their certificates. The children complete their certificates with their messages and sign and date each certificate. We then use art supplies to add color and glam. I supply a gold seal sticker for each one. Parents are always quite touched to be acknowledged in this way, and it lets children remember that love and support makes all the difference.”
Tip: Children wishing to acknowledge foster parents, grandparents, etc, can simply change the wording on their awards so it is appropriate to their situations.
This article appeared in the May 2010 Newsletter. Read other articles from this issue below: