In our home we insist on thank you notes. Whenever there is a gift giving occasion we make sure thank you notes are sent and that the children who received the gift are the ones who send them. For those who are not writing yet, this means drawing a picture or helping but they are involved in the process. Thank you notes are, unfortunately, a dying art. They should not be, though! Not only does it show manners and appreciation but it also helps with hand writing and reinforcing letter writing skills. But, thank you notes do not only have to be for gifts. Whenever something occurs where you want to (or should) show your appreciation, a thank you note dropped in the mail is a great way to do that. Plus, the recipient feels great that they did something nice for you which may encourage them to do it more often!
Send thank you notes to teachers
At the end of a class series it is always nice to drop a note to your teacher thanking them for their assistance. At Homeschool Pool we attend a co-op which is strictly on a volunteer basis. The teachers of the children’s classes plus the organizers get a thank you note at the end of the semester as a thank you for all their hard work.
Special events coordinators work tirelessly
If you belong to a homeschool organization you likely get to experience special events such as holiday parties, field trips at free or discounted prices, academic contests (geography bee, spelling bee, science fair), achievement exhibitions (art shows, craft shows, writing expos) and awards ceremonies. The people who coordinate these events work very hard behind the scenes to make them special events. Make sure to drop them a thank you note to make them feel like their efforts are appreciated!
Docents, tour guides and venue management
Another time to show your appreciation is for special programs or tours at various venues. While you may have paid for the opportunity of going, if you are part of a homeschool organization you may have gotten discounted rates. You may also have had a special program developed just for your group. Sending a thank you note to the tour guide, leader, management or docent who was responsible for ensuring you had a fun and educational experience is a great way to encourage additional opportunities. Showing the homeschool community appreciates the efforts of staff is a great way to be invited back and to have more opportunities for education and cultural enhancement.
Random acts of kindness or special effort
If you experience something special where someone goes out of their way to do something nice for you acknowledge it. If someone focuses extra effort on something you benefit from, send a thank you letter! Everyone loves to receive letters. Sending a thank you note to a child will make their day. When an adult finds a pleasant note among the bills and junk mail it can truly brighten their day. It really is a win-win situation! It helps in homeschool language arts, citizenship or civics and even sometimes art.
Sending a thank you note is something that is often forgotten today. We would like to encourage you to think about the opportunities you might have to send a thank you note to someone who helped you in your homeschool journey. Of course, an email is a great thank you and helps reinforce computer skills, email etiquette and typing skills. But a hand written note is even more special. It doesn’t have to be long. It doesn’t have to be fancy. But it will definitely be appreciated and put a smile on the face of the person receiving it!