Tonight was our annual Parents Night (A.K.A: Back to School Night). A night when parents are invited to come and meet their child’s teachers and see the classroom (without the children present). 8 out of my 19 parents showed up. Better then last year when I only had 3 out of 22.
Here’s how I prep for my parents night:
First I make a handout to give all my parents which outlines our curriculum, our teaching philosophy, our discipline policy, and our daily schedule. Next, I lay out various activities on each table which demonstrate some of the items we use to teach the children. There is a literacy table, a science table, a math table, and a creative arts table. We try to fill each table with enough activities so that the parents are really able to see what their child does each day to help them learn.
The actual night is spent with us briefly going over the handout, taking questions, and letting the parents explore the room and activities while talking with us and with other parents. All the parents who showed up seemed to be excited about this school year and happy with how we run our class. Overall, a pleasant evening. It does make me sad that more parents didn’t decide to show up – but I will give them the handout tomorrow and answer any questions they might have.
I must say that Ms. Bennet really helped carry me through the night! I absolutely hate getting up and talking in front of people – something I know I need to get over – but since she loves it she did a lot of the talking! She’s just great! I couldn’t have done it without her! 🙂