In any case, I'm always amazed at how I can look into the handful or the crowd and see my students in the faces of their parents. In the end, if a parent made it to Open House, it's because they just want to have some connection to the world in which their child spends most of their day.
It's hard to believe that our year end grade level annual parent event is quickly approaching. As I did for Open House almost eight months ago, I'll be staring out at a crowd of parents, so excited to be a part of their child's world if just for a few minutes. I am guilty of going overboard preparing for these events, but when I look back I know that any preparation, decoration, cute display, work portfolio, slideshow or heartfelt speech pales in comparison to the moment that parent and child realize that each took the time to connect to their world.
Many times the focus on these parental involvement activities is on welcoming the parent into the school with student made art projects and creative displays, but I want to share this quick and simple way to for parents to leave their mark on the room as well. A colleague of mine is responsible for this genius idea. Put some crayons in the hands of your parents and let them be a kid again as they write all over paper covered tables leaving welcome notes for their children to see the next day. Imagine the look on your students' faces when they are met with sweet morning messages like these:
|My personal favorite -The drawing of son and daddy and the "Sunny Day" caption, it's just perfect!|