The importance of creating a bond between parent and teacher is crucial–but where do you start? It seems like the to do list as a teacher is never ending, and now I have to establish, maintain and connect with parents on a regular basis? Relax– it’s not as hard as it seems and in the end, it will provide such crucial insight as well as support that is so vital for how teachers can really thrive as well as your students! It actually has been studied that strained home-school relations may result in or contribute to low student performance and we don’t want that! 🙂
Here are some ideas you can implement in your classroom today:
- Support Bonding Between Children and Caregivers At Home: An extension beyond, “How was your day?” to an opportunity to provide in-depth conversations between child and caregiver. One way to do this would be to have students take home an Interview Questionnaire. Part of their homework could be asking their caregiver questions like, “What is something you love to do? or What was your childhood like? What’s your favorite childhood memory?” Students can come to school the next day and share their findings to the class.
- Rethink Homework: You can think outside the box and assign homework that includes an interactive calendar. Each day is something different that can incorporate parents input.
- Encourage Family Outings: Include a list of local activities that families can do over the weekend. Families can share photos of their outings and students can share about it in class!
- Invite Parents into the Classroom: Parents can be invited as “guest readers” or have a parent come in and teach a real life skill, like cutting vegetables, folding clothes, or something more interesting like an art lesson.
Thank you for reading!
Your Partner in Education,