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Aug152016

5 Tips for Engaging Parents

1. Provide handouts at the beginning of every school year.  Include words to songs that will be sung in your classroom, at home activities, and other tips for connecting to a particular skill at home.

2. Provide nametags for parents too.  When parents are identified by name in your program, it is better communicated that they are an important part of the classroom.

3. Greet every parent and child.  Making eye contact and addressing each participant relays the message that you see them as an important part of the program.

4. Make an announcement at the beginning.  Explain to adult participants at the very beginning of your school year that they are important to helping their child prepare for kindergarten.  Explain that parents are their child's first and best teacher and explain that children will value the things that their parents see as important.  For this reason, parents/caregivers should be an active part of the program.

5. Activities should be fun for adult, too!  Choose activities and books that you enjoy and-it will be obvious to children and adults, and will encourage them to participate, too. 

 

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