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Monday, July 22, 2013


If you’ll go to my July, 2011, website you will find a book you can download free with a broad range of activities you can use to connect with your families.   The amazing thing is that the more parents are involved, the better their children do and the more they value the school.  There are many ways that parents can participate and contribute to their child’s education.  A good place to start would be an interest inventory where parents have the opportunity to discuss their experiences, hobbies, and talents. 

Here are other some suggestions for a check list where parents could check off how they will support your program:

Attend meetings and conferences.
Chaperone field trips.
Make phone calls or send emails.
Plan parties.
Collect free items for projects.  Participate in recycling programs.
Make games and materials for the classroom.
Assist with technology for the classroom.
Plan service projects and fund raisers.
Share their culture, trips, career, or a hobby with the children.
Volunteer to tell stories, assist with learning centers, help with a project.
Tutor children.
Participate in clean-up days or repair broken equipment.
Compile a class scrapbook or video.
Advocacy for legislation that supports children and education.

Brown Bag Special
This is perfect for the working parent.  Put materials for making games, art projects, etc. in a brown grocery sack.  Children get to deliver the “brown bag special” to their parents to complete at home.  They will be so proud to return the bag knowing that their parent is involved in their classroom!

Hint!  For parents with computer access and financial resources, ask them to download books and free materials from the internet.  For other parents, you could put in paper and a pattern for them to cut out for a class game.  Everybody can do something and everybody needs to feel appreciated for their efforts!
Helping Hands
Cut out paper hands and write different items you would like for your classroom, such as paper lunch bags, tissues, plastic bags, etc.  (You know all those things you have to buy with your own money!  Materials could range from something inexpensive to a Dust Buster or old rocking chair.)  Tape these to your door and “invite” parents who would like to help to choose a hand and purchase those items.