Parent Volunteers

Parent Volunteers: Recruiting, Managing, Maintaining

At the beginning of each new school year, teachers are excited to meet a brand new set of students and build relationships with a brand new set of parents. Engaging these parents as partners in their child's classroom can be a daunting task!

There are many barriers that prevent parents from volunteering. In fact, when I think of my own typical day, a large portion of what I have on my to-do list will be moved to the next day because of time restrictions. These restrictions are felt by all.

So how are you going to get the volunteers in?

This packet is intended to make that task easier than ever!

Table of Contents
Engaging Parents
Determining Volunteer Needs
Help Wanted: A Call to Action Letter
Parent Volunteer Survey
Volunteer Guidelines
How Children Learn
Discipline Guidelines
School Safety Guidelines
Volunteer Feedback Form
Class Party: Call For Help
Field Trip Volunteers
Volunteer To-do List
Thank you notes
Learning Center Sign-up Sheet
Learning Center Substitute/Fill-in Sign- up Sheet
Volunteers At-a-Glance
Volunteer Log
Volunteer Brochure Style

Parent Volunteers

I never can say enough about parent volunteers! Parent involvement in school benefits everyone. I had two parents each day ALL YEAR LONG, volunteering during our 1 1/4 hour learning center block, can you believe it!!

And look at these great parents! I am so lucky to work in a community that is so completely supportive of not only their own child's education, but the education of all children!

Family Learning Night

Learning Nights are a great way to introduce your curriculum to your students’ parents. Your night can center around a theme...bears, Mother Goose, snowmen, dinosaurs, or Dr. Seuss to name a few. You can present a variety of subjects or highlight math, science or language arts. One or two classes can participate or you can turn the learning night into a school-wide event. Activities can be set up in classrooms, hallways, and/or the gymnasium.

An Alphabet Fair is an ideal learning night for kindergarten students. Give every game or activity an alphabet twist. Play Alphabet Bingo, ABC Ball Toss, Alphabet Beanbag Toss, ABC Bowling, and ABC Fishing. Adapt directions for a Cake Walk to be a Letter Walk. Decorate giant letters of the alphabet with markers, colors and even glitter. Use your alphabet materials from your classroom or give a classic game an alphabet twist! Check out our Alphabet Fair unit if you need additional games or activities.

The students love showing parents what they can do and parents enjoy seeing their kids in action! If you have room for the entire family, you’ll find that brothers and sisters enjoy participating, too. 

Make plans now for an Alphabet Fair or other Learning Night. It’s sure to be a hit!

Following are some of our great thematic units than can be just the jumping point to create a great night of learning.