Open House Tips for Parents

Open House Tips for Parents

We have Open House this week at my daughter's school.  I'll confess as a teacher it was one of those times that made me nervous but excited all at the same time.  There's so much information you want to share at one time with parents.  I think it's because as a teacher you're not quite sure you'll have them again in the classroom.  As a parent it's one of my favorite events to attend.  You have the chance to go and really get to know you child's teacher a little bit and also see how they've set up their learning environment in their classroom.  So here my take on the ABC's of Open House Night! 
  • Ask questions!
Don't be afraid to ask a question at Open house. Chances are the others are thinking the same question but just didn't want to speak up in a room full of parents. Plus it might give an opportunity to get to know the teacher in a more personal way. 
  •  Be familiar with your child's grade level Curriculum before you arrive. 
It's no secret what children are learning each year.  Check out your state's curriculum or core standards for your child's grade level.  You'll appreciate the curriculum they are reviewing so much more when we you see all they are trying to teach and what your child is expected to learn in one year.
  • Take special note of the Discipline, Folders, Grading, Homework Policies.
These 4 simple things can mean the difference between passing and failing. It's important that you support how a teacher's class is set up at home. Take special note of big dates when projects and standardized tests are.  Many districts are also using online grading systems for parents to follow, make sure you sign up and follow. 
  • Pay attention to your child's schedule.
It's important to know how much time is spent on each subject in the classroom. Plus you should know when they eat lunch and go to specials. Take special note of library day too.  
  • Remember the Names of who Your child is making friends with
Although Open House is usually in the first few weeks, your child has probably already found a few classmates to talk about at home.  Introduce yourself to their parents at Open House.  Friendship is a true gift at any age and it's important for you to know who your child is socializing with at school each day. 
  • Offer to Volunteer at schooL or even at home.
Involvement in your child's class can make a huge difference in their education and in the students in the classroom.  Fill out your form early and let them know you've turned in your volunteer form and are ready. 
  • Bring paper and pen to write things down
Write down thoughts you have as the teacher is sharing her curriculum and policies. Make sure you write down the teacher's email address, contact number and website if they have one. Parent Communication is a key to your child's success! 

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So there you have it a few simple tips to help you build a strong foundation for your child's school year!  I'm sure you I'll have a few more alphabet letters to add once we go this week!  Can't wait to hear how your Open House goes.  If you have any curriculum questions please email us or share in the comments below.  You can always find additional curriculum support on our Pinterest Boards too!


Kelly at Little Wonders' Days said...

These are great tips! I always get so nervous for back to school night. Thanks for kicking off AfterSchool for us and we can't wait to join next week!

Julie said...

Thank you for these tips! We have our open houses in three weeks. It will be our first time having to go two nights in a row now that we have two kids in school! And the first year with Common Core Standards so I look forward to hearing what the teachers say about those.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Great tips!

I look forward to joining in with my own afterschool post next week :)

The Educators Spin On It said...

Wishing you at Little Wonders' Day a great Back to School! Can't wait to see how it goes.

The Educators Spin On It said...

Julie that will be a busy week for you for sure. I know our school does Pizza Night before the Open House which is fun and at least makes it so you don't have to cook and be there. It will be very interesting as the majority of the states begin to adapt the Core Standards into their classrooms.

The Educators Spin On It said...

Wishing you lots of luck as yours head Back to School. I know you'll treasure some quiet moments with the baby too. Can't wait to hear how it all goes.

Raising a Happy Child said...

Thanks for kicking off afterschool. I am traveling, and I didn't have time to respond to some of your emails, but I'll be joining. Our "back to school" next week, and I hope to use some of your tips.

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