8 Amazing Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

Teacher Appreciation Week is officially May 6-10. But at most of our Greatstart facilities, we have at least a 3-week long celebration because one week is never enough to show how much thankful we are for the wonderful teachers and staff that educate and care for our little ones.

Teacher Appreciation Week almost here. It’s the most exciting time of the year for us because we get to celebrate all the wonderful and amazing things our super teachers do everyday.

We’ve compiled these awesome gift ideas that we hope will inspire you to give them all the pampering they deserve for molding the lives of our children.

Candy Bar Gift Tags

Teacher Bookmark – Free Printables

Toe-Tally Awesome Nail Polish Free Printables

Hands Down Best Teacher – Free Tags

Personalized Calculator

Sharpie Gift Idea

Key To My Success Keychain Gift Idea

Teacher Straw Cup DIY Gift Idea

Of course you can also give them gift cards from their favorite shops, or you can stop by your school and buy them breakfast, lunch, or send in some snacks.

Whether you buy or make them something, the important thing is to show how much you appreciate them.

We love our teachers!


8 Awesome Spring Break Ideas for Kids

Spring break is here! And it’s a welcome break for both kids and parents. Probably half of spring breakers will be going on a trip this week to enjoy, but for other parents, it’s business as usual at work.

Don’t worry moms and dads. We got you covered! We’ve compiled a list of 8 awesome creative ways to keep the kids active and still make their week-long break from school memorable. They’re all very low-tech, so it’s the perfect chance to encourage your kids to turn off their iPads, mobile phones, and video game consoles.

  1. Marco Polo – If you have a pool, this is amazingly simple to organize, and as it’s all about stealth, kids tend to stay quiet. Everyone gets on the pool and one person closes their eyes and counts to 10. That person then says “Marco” and everyone must reply “Polo”. The “It” person tries to catch someone to be “It”.
  2. Supermarket “I-Spy” – Have the kids help with grocery errands by playing this awesome version of this well-loved game. Challenge them to spot something yellow, something crunchy, something cold, etc. Winner could pick tonight’s dessert.
  3. Classic Volcano Experiment – Have the kids create their mini Mt. Vesuvius using molding clay. Then all you need is some white vinegar and baking soda to make the lava magic happen. Make sure to do it outdoors or risk using a lot of paper towels for that messy cleanup.
  4. Playground Hopping – With typical park playgrounds now having so many different equipment, kids could easily spend a few hours enjoying a nice spring day at the park. Shoot some hoops (basketball), play soccer, fly a kite, ride bikes and/or scooters, play catch, throw a Frisbee… there’s a lot of amazing things to do.
  5. Duck Duck Goose – An original “in class” game that works perfectly if there’s a spring shower outside, or the weather is a still a little chilly. How to Play it? Everyone sits in a circle. One person is assigned the tagger, and he or she walks around the circle, touching each person’s head and either saying “duck” or “goose.” If they say “duck”, things continue as is. If they say “goose” the person tagged must try to catch the tagger before they can get back to their spot. If the tagger gets caught, they’re out of the game and have to sit in the mushpot (the middle of the circle).
  6. Plant Flowers – Bring spring inside. Have the kids decorate little pots and then fill them with planting soil and plant the flowers. Have them water the plants daily, not just during the spring break period.
  7. Nature Hike – For a spring learning adventure, take the kids hiking in a nature area and have them learn to identify birds, trees, plants, and flowers. Spring is a natural time for kids to explore science and nature. Maybe do a quick stop to the library on the way as there are lots of books to help.
  8. Pajama Party – End an awesome fun-filled day with more fun. PJ parties still rock! Pop some popcorn and watch a movie. In between, make sure to have lots of gossips and pillow fights. You can even invite some friends over.

As a bonus activity, consider some days Doing Nothing! Yup,… nothing. In today’s time of over-scheduled kids, having such days where they can sleep late and wake up whenever they want, play creatively, work on a hobby, or just generally relax, may actually re-energize them as they get set to go back to school next week.

Have fun!


Algebra and Calculus to be introduced in Preschool as kids demand more challenges

“We are so bored with Dr. Seuss. And Baby Shark is getting too old. My brother was reviewing the Fourier Transform the other day. I checked it out and it was so easy!” – Alisha, 5

Our kids demand the best from us, so we listened.

Beginning School Year 2019-2020, we will be introducing Calculus to our Pre-K program, and our Toddler classes will be introduced to Algebra. Parents are advised to take up refresher courses on these subjects over the summer break so that you will be ready to assist the children on their homework starting next school year.

Of course this is a joke – it’s April Fools’ Day after all. 🤣 But our preschoolers do learn a lot of amazing things. They graduate Pre-K and Kindergarten well-prepared for big school. Imagine all the great things that can start here for your child. 🤗 ❤️