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    I was one!
    By sharmon

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    I started out as a volunteer parent in my youngest son's kindergarten class. From there I became an aide and then a teacher. I taught kindergarten for 10years and had great parental involvement. I've been teaching fifth grade six years and it is harder to get the parents involved. Also in this day and age when it takes two incomes to live and there are so many single parent homes it hard to get volunteers.

    As for ideas I used: in Kindergarten I had a parent everyday that manned a center as the children rotated. On holidays I would have several in at a time to man special centers. The kids loved the extra attention. In fifth, I have a reading mom and a homeroom mom that coordinates class parties.

    Good luck on your paper. Parents can be a great extra pair of hands.

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