HOW will you get it all done? Open House and Back to School Night is your chance to create a partnership with parents. Make a great impression and recruit parents as your classroom volunteers. Invite the parents into your classroom and make them your partner in their child's education. It's a Win-Win! Parents get to see their child and you get the advantage of having extra help in the classroom.
I love my reading corner with books organized into tote boxes by topic. If you can, add a rug and some camp chairs and a lamp to cozy up your corner. Here's an old photo of my reading area.
My math tools area is all organized and labeled to quickly locate what we need.
Learning posters like your character traits expectations and math word wall posters need to be displayed. We use the character traits posters daily and it is a big focus of our "Student of the Week" and "Wise Owl Student of the Month" award system.
Another must-have for me is my math word wall definitions. The photo shows my (really) old word wall posters. I've completely re-made them and they're much prettier and more complete now. :) I post and organize my posters alphabetically and we refer to the wall daily. My word wall is functional and it is readable from across the room. Why put up posters if you can't read them from a distance? If they're really intended for students to use, they must be readable from the child's seated location.
When it's parent night, I want parents to see how their children begin their day so I make a slideshow so parents do an attendance sign in just like students do. Students teach their parents how to touch and move their name to answer the back to school question. The sign ins are a great way for me to teach math skills each and every day and I want parents to know how it works and why it's important for students to be at school on time. Students work with the attendance data, computing the fraction, decimal and percent using the question of the day as the focus. Everyone loves the sign ins, but you'll love how well your students will be able to convert fractions to decimals to percents. Parents are amazed at the math their students are doing.
Your presentation is your chance to help parents understand your rules and routines, procedures for absences, the curriculum and projects you'll be teaching, and so much more. Make sure as you discuss the importance of parent volunteers that you explain how you will be using parent talents and skills to enhance the lives of all of your students. Some parents will be great working with student groups, some will feel more comfortable running off and preparing student materials, some will be guest speakers or guest readers, and some will be your field trip chaperones. It's important that parents feel they are welcome in your classroom at any time. I set out my volunteer sign up sheets and call every parent or better yet, have a lead parent organize your volunteers for you! I seriously consider parents my teaching partners.
You want students know that learning in your classroom is fun. And best of all, you've got parents partnering with you and helping you teach their children. That's a big win for you!
- I Am Poem Note: The poem is included in my Complete Poetry Project & 6 Week Unit Bundle
- Character Traits Posters Mega Set - 82 posters
- Parent Volunteer Signs Up Sheets are included in my Complete Editable MS Word Teacher Binder and in my Editable PDF Teacher Binder
- "You're the Star" Special Person of the Week Program
- Wise Owl Student of the Month Program
- Graphing and Surveys Unit
- SMART Board Attendance & Math
- Open House & Back to School PowerPoint Slideshow (editable)
- Math Word Wall Posters: Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5
- Math Word Wall Posters with PowerPoint Slideshows: Grade 3 Grade 4 part 1 Grade 4 part 2 Grade 5 part 1 Grade 5 part 2