Establishing partnerships with parents is an important step for educators in offering the best possible learning experiences and opportunities within their preschool. In order to develop and enhance the skills of young children, teachers must make an effort to ensure that they are in constant communication with families as well as seek out parent involvement activities to integrate them into their child’s learning process. Read more here to find out why software is important for parent communication.
Let Parents Get to Know You
When a new child is enrolled in your preschool, your first parent involvement activity should be getting to know the family, and letting them get to know a bit more about you. Provide them with a short biography about yourself, your educational background and your interests. By offering parents deeper insights into your life and educational philosophy, you can help lessen the anxiety they may feel about leaving their child with a “stranger”.
Get to Know Parents
You should also try to learn more about each parent by inviting them to complete a short questionnaire when their child enrols. Not only is this a great way to get information about their children, but the parents themselves, too. Beyond sourcing the basic contact information, asking questions about the parents’ interests, professions and talents can present opportunities for them to share these with the wider preschool community.
Invite Parents Into the Classroom
Ask parents to be guests in your preschool classroom to encourage involvement. Invite them to share information about their career, and bring items they use on the job to show the class. Or, have them lead an activity that relates to one of their unique interests or talents. You could also ask them to prepare a traditional dish from their culture and explain the traditions of their country of origin. There are endless possibilities when it comes to these types of parent involvement activities, and preschoolers love giving their attention to a brand new face in the classroom!
Delegate to Parents
Make parent volunteers feel like part of the team by assigning specific duties to them where possible. Parent involvement activities in your preschool don’t have to be all educational or entertaining – they can be practical as well. Maybe you need help during an outing, or during the evening pick-up hour. Or perhaps you need assistance in preparing a classroom craft activity ahead of time. These are all great ways to get parents involved in the day to day operations of your preschool.
Getting parents involved in your preschool classroom doesn’t have to be difficult. By communicating regularly with parents, asking questions, and inviting them to become part of the preschool community, you, your students and their parents can all benefit!
To learn more about why parent involvement is so important, check out our article on Why Parent Involvement is So Important in Early Childhood Education.