This is the first in a 3-part series about ways to strengthen communication between school and home/community. If you don’t do so already, incorporate one or more of the strategies shared during the series and reply with the results below.
Looking for ways to get your students parents and caregivers involved in the learning process? One way I’ve found very engaging is having parent or community volunteers come into my classroom and read to students. Having your student’s caregivers come in to read provides lots of benefits for your students, the volunteers, and for you as a teacher. Students, through read alouds, develop their decoding and fluency skills along practicing comprehension strategies. Depending on how volunteers choose books, volunteers share parts of themselves as well as their interests with the kids. They also contribute to buidling a positive classroom and school environment. As an educator, you see how their students respond when hearing another adults read, build positive rapport with the volunteers, and get a moment to relax during a long day of learning! You might even learn about some new series or author you can use in the class, which was always a great thing for me, especially in my early years of teaching.