www.123teachwithme.com has a linky on how to get parents involved. Parent involvement is key. You have to have parents on your side. They need to feel that they can trust you and that you are looking out for the best interest of their child. If you do not have that, then it will definitely work against you. I have found that most parents want to be involved in their student's schooling, but some just do not know how. It might be because they are a single parent, struggling to make ends meet, or it might be because they are insecure about the knowledge they feel they lack. At the beginning of the year, I use a sign up sheet that allows parents to sign up for things that they feel they could contribute to. Find the page below for FREE here at TPT.
The sign up sheet opens up opportunities that may be more achievable to parents who are unable to be room mothers/parents or join the PTO. At Parent Orientation, I express that our classroom is alway open for them to share their talents and experiences. I have had parents come in and share for Chinese New Year, Dental Week, Fire Prevention, holiday crafts, etc. I can always relate things back to the curriculum and it gives students and parents pride in our class. It may sound weird that you get more parent involvement by asking them to volunteer, but it works. What you are doing, is making them feel welcome in your classroom and at your school. This helps to gain their support and opens up communication.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Parent Helper Sign Up Sheet
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