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    Parent Involvement
    By LauraTeach

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    Parents are VERY involved in the school in which I am currently student teaching. Parents very often volunteer in the classroom to be guest readers, help in the computer room or just to do whatever they can to help the teachers. The Kindergarten classes have a parent volunteer practically every day. They either do misc work such as cutting, copying or laminating, or they lead group activities with the students.

    The school also has excellent communication with parents. The students in the upper grades have agendas which the parents must sign every night to indicate that they have read the students' homework assignments. The parents can also use the agendas to write notes to the teachers. The Kindergarteners have homework assignment that involves the parents, such as having the kids recite a story to their parents using pictures. Several teachers also have web sites so parents can log on and check out what's going on in the classroom, and others have newsletters that go home regularly describing what the students have been working on. We have a child with down syndrome in our Kindergarten class, and his aide writes in a composition book every day to tell his mom what he did that day. The mom has the option of writing notes back to say what he has been doing at home so the aide can really bond with him and bring in aspects of his home life to the classroom. He responds really well to that.

    They also have a lot of activities to bring parents in like the fall festival, holiday breakfasts, father-daughter/mother-son dances, "donuts with dads," "muffins with mom," mothers' day tea, grandparents day activities and parent education programs. And of course parents are very willing to go on/help with the field trips :)

    Parents are a huge part of our school community and we are fortunate to have parents that really want to be a part of it!

    Hope this helps - let me know if I can do anything else!

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