Friday, May 6, 2016

Increasing Parent Involvement and #LastBell

As a Kindergarten teacher, I believe we need to set a strong, positive foundation for a child's education.  Building a partnership with families is essential.  Most teachers already communicate through notes, newsletters, phone calls, and e-mails.  However, we need to get families in the classroom.  When student' see their family make the effort to come into school, it illustrates that they value education and the parents/teachers are a team.



Many teachers may think it is too much work or preparation to host families in the classroom so frequently.  Family events do not always have to be holiday parties.  Some of my events are, but I try to host a theme.  Starting in November, I strive to host 1 family event a month during the school day.  Depending on your schedule, I find it best to do it first thing in the morning or at the end of the day so parents don't have to make an extra trip to school.  These events are not hosted by the school, they are hosted by you as the classroom teacher.  I love getting to know the families in my classroom and giving them the experience to truly witness their child's growth over the school year.  Mostly importantly, my students are only little once.  I want to make sure parent's enjoy this stage and embrace their child's love and curiosity to learn.

Most of us are in the final stretch.  Our days are filled with assessments and other demands.  However, this is a fun time of year to continue to make memories with your students and their families.  These relationships go beyond 1 school year.  Continue to build those relationships and have fun with your kids!



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