So often, parents WANT to feel needed and included in volunteer opportunities within your classroom. However, many work third shift or have family demands that simply don’t allow for classroom visits and school hours. For parents who cannot come into school, help them feel needed by offering and asking for volunteer tasks they can complete at home! It helps you AND the parents! One example of this is to ask parents to cut out lamination at home and return it to school.
Another idea is to start a Pencil Pal Club! I have parents sign up and volunteer to sharpen pencils at home and return the bag to school. It helps me tremendously because neither I nor my students waste instructional time sharpening pencils during our school day. It also helps my parents feel included and a part of our classroom “team.” If you would like to grab your own FREE Pencil Pal printables, along with an *editable* copy of the Pencil Pal letter to send home with your parents, you can find them by clicking HERE or on the picture above.
And those, my friends, are my three easy tips for connecting with parents mid-year! I hope you found these easy tips or simple reminders encouraging and helpful! I can’t wait to bring you more 3,2,1: Tips, Tricks, & Fun topics and ideas!
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