Category Archives: Volunteering at School

Parent Involvement Tip #3: Creative? Help with Crafts

If you have the creative bug, then you can surely help the teachers plan fun activities for special occasions such as Thanksgiving, Holidays etc. You can either organize the whole activity and take initiative of recruiting other parents to help or you can just sign up to help the teacher with the activity when she does it.

Parent Involvement Tip #2: Be a Classroom Reader

Volunteer in classroom

Read to the children

Children love to be read to, so offer your help as a class reader or provide support to individual children that are struggling to read.

Use these tips to make reading fun for you and the students:

  • Try to read the book yourself before you go into the class.
  • Take it slow. Don’t try to rush it. Enjoy it so that they may enjoy it too!
  • Change your voice or tone while reading dialogues by the different characters in the story.
  • Use props, if appropriate and available. This is a very good trick to keep those young kids attentive.
  • After you read the story, ask open-ended questions so as to instill comprehension skills in the children.

Speak with the teacher about what topics are being currently covered in the classroom and select a book accordingly. This will help tie it into what the children are already learning. Most of the teachers will let you select the book, so enjoy this freedom and choose wisely.

Thoughtful Tuesday: Volunteering

Volunteers make a difference

National Parent Involvement Day – Volunteering is to make a difference

November 15 is National Parent Involvement Day and volunteering is only a part of involvement. The evidence is overwhelming: Students who have highly-involved families get higher grades, have fewer discipline problems, and are more likely to be successful throughout their entire life (GA Department of Education).

So, make a resolution and start by visiting your child’s school to say hello to the staff and observe the classroom. Then, ask a simple question: What Can I Do To Help?

The school staff will be ecstatic to get an extra set of hands to cater to the students.

Go On, Make A Difference.

Come back and share your experience (even if it was your first time volunteering)….