Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Getting the family involved

I will admit that over the years family involvement has not been my strongest area.  I get better with communication each year, fewer knots in my stomach at the end of the day when I have to explain problems, but getting families into the classroom has proven to be my permanent bump in the road.  I started my career doing the traditional seasonal family craft projects and from there I branched out to after school workshops that gave tips for working with kids at home and a rock and roll concert in the classroom complete with VIP passes.  All were successful and made the owls smile from ear to ear, but I still felt like something was missing.  I could not put my finger on what was missing, so I stepped back from it for a couple of years and just did parent volunteers.  This was not the missing piece.  I was basically using the parents as lamination cutters and bulletin board managers, which was great but it was not promoting the message of how important learning was.

Finally, this summer the light bulb flicked on and I discovered my missing family involvment piece.  I was always coming up with one time deals and that just did not give families enough time to make the necessary arrangements with their schedules.  To help right this wrong, I came up with a year long family involvement piece that will get the owls and their families excited about learning.

I introduce...

In this family involvement pack you will get the following pieces
a letter to send home to the families that talks about the "Mystery Reader" project (I thought it would be fun to send the letter home in secret file folder to get the owls even more excited about it.)
a letter that states the date and time that the "Mystery Reader" will come to the classroom
calendar pages for scheduling (months included are August to June)
three different follow up pages
If you are interested in trying the "Mystery Reader" project out in your classroom, click on any of the pictures to grab it from my TpT store.  I am selling it for $3 but it will be on sale until Friday!  I hope that it is something that would come in handy in your classroom.


  1. What a great way to involve families. I just nominated you for a Liebster Award!

    Carolina Teacher

  2. Erin,
    I just found your blog and love it. I struggle with having families in, too. I LOVE teaching in front of the kids- and having a ball, but was always different with adults in the room. I guess I am better now. One time I was reading a story to my class with parents in the room and one little girl said, "What's wrong with your face? It usually moves all around like plastic." What I THINK she meant was that I wasn't as expressive with the adults there. Ha ha. LOVE your blog! I'd love you to stop over and see mine if you get a chance!
    Kindergarten: Holding Hands and Sticking Together

  3. What I meant to say, too, was that I LOVE that Mystery Reader idea. I got so darn wordy! I really love that idea and packet. Thank you so much!