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Straight from the principal's office: Use these tips for a better school year. Some parents think that if their child is given a lot of work to do at home it's a sign that the These teacher-approved tricks will get your kids ready for back to school.

Last updated May 4, 2019

It would be no surprise to most educators that research identifies family involvement in schooling as a key predictor of a student’s success.

Clear, continuing, two-way communication is imperative.

But what is the best way for teachers to approach home-school communication in our rapidly changing world?

Family life is evolving with many parents working full time and juggling various commitments. Teachers may see parents at the classroom door less than they used to, and opportunities for interaction are more limited.

With these changes also comes exciting new opportunities. The good news is, in our technology-rich world our approach to parent communication can be stronger than ever!

Let’s take a look at some effective options for parent-communication and see what’s happening in some schools and classrooms around the world.

There might be some fresh ideas you could try in 2019! Or, you might have other creative ideas or examples which I’d love you to share in a comment.

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Blogs

Radio or podcasting

Video or television

Email

Social media

Voice tools

Communication apps

In person

💡 Scroll to the end to find a checklist with 8 tips for better communication with parents!

1) Blogs

Regular readers will know I’m a huge fan of blogs for many reasons. When it comes to communicating with parents, you might opt for a class blog, school blog, or both. Let’s take a look at these.

Class Blogs

  • A virtual window into your classroom
  • Allows for two-way communication while offering all the other benefits of publishing for an authentic audience (global collaboration etc.)

One of the main reasons I started a class blog over a decade ago was to connect with families. Year after year, parents mentioned that they loved being about to peek into our classroom through the blog.

Many parents found our blog to be a useful conversation starter at home too. They could ask their child questions based on what they’d seen on the blog when their child had strangely ‘forgotten’ everything that had happened at school!

The interaction through a class blog doesn’t have to be one-way either. I’ve written a guide to involving parents in blogs where I recommend you educate and encourage families to get involved in the blog in a way that’s clear, easily accessible, dynamic, and ongoing.

This might mean teaching parents about commenting (comments bring your blog alive and can scaffold learning so you really want comments!). It might also mean inviting parents to participate in things like a Family Blogging Afternoon, Family Blogging Month, question posts for parents, and more.

A class blog is an excellent way to keep parents informed about what’s happening in the classroom while showcasing and scaffolding student work. All this can be underpinned by a rich dialogue about learning in the comment section.

Here are three examples of class blogs that communicate well with parents:

School Blogs

  • Turns the traditional static website into a dynamic and interactive space

A school blog and a class blog can really complement each other to create a whole school culture that values strong lines of communication.

Most schools now have a school website that is often fairly static in nature. It might have information about school policies, staff, contact details and so on. Schools are not static spaces, however, and our online environments can reflect that too … with a blog!

Let’s take a look at just two examples:

Craigburn Connections

Paul Luke in South Australia set up this fabulous example of a school hub that is updated regularly.

The About Page provides an excellent insight into the purpose and process of the blog,

We are always looking to improve the way we communicate with families and friends.

At Craigburn Connections, you’ll hear directly from school staff, students and our parent community on topics including classroom activities, school programs and events, thought leadership in the field of education, and sharing in the wonderful learning from our students.

Paul also offers an open invitation for others to comment on the blog, and explains how the blog replaces the traditional fortnightly school newsletter with more instantaneous and accessible updates.

St Charles Borromeo

This blog was set up for a Catholic Primary school in Melbourne, Australia, by Frank Cotela.

It is unique in that it is run by an elected Student Action Team. The blog is updated regularly with interesting stories from around the school community.

The students publish an exciting range of ‘Blog Shows‘ such as:

  • Around the Yard
  • Junior Chef
  • Lego Club
  • 10 Questions, and more!

This is an incredible program that provides huge benefits to students while offering an excellent platform for parent communication.

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2) Radio or Podcasting

  • Parents can listen on-the-go and students can learn a lot from the process
  • Can be a professional production, or you can use a simple free app like Anchor.fm

A simple yet powerful medium, radio or podcasting is a great way to speak directly to parents at a time and place that’s convenient to them.

A student-led production offers children the chance to use many traditional and new literacy skills. This includes everything from the standard reading, writing, speaking and listening, to 21st century skills like using digital tools, researching and filtering information, and digital citizenship. The production of a radio show also requires many ‘soft skills’ such as project management, collaboration, and problem solving.

Here are some examples of what’s happening at schools around the world:

  • Westwood Radio – This is an extremely professional example from Ian Rockey in the UK. Their school received a grant which allowed them to collaborate with a radio consultant.
  • Chickering Report  – These 4th and 5th grade students report on what’s happening at their US school, sometimes through blog posts, other times through podcasts like this one where students interviewed their PE teacher.
  • Berwick Lodge – This primary school in Melbourne, Australia has been collaborating with a local community radio station for 15 years to create their own radio show. This is an amazing production!

A school radio or podcast can be a fairly professional project that involves collaborating with a radio station or broadcasting experts. At the other end of the spectrum, it can be as simple as publishing an audio recording in a blog post.

Want to learn more about podcasting? Check out this comprehensive guide I wrote for The Edublogger in April, 2018. It walks you through different options such as Anchor.fm — a really handy free app for creating podcasts.

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3) Television or Video

  • An engaging way for parents to be a ‘fly on the wall’ in the classroom
  • Students can learn a lot from being involved in the production process

Video has always had such rich potential to engage, inspire, and educate. It’s now easier than ever to create video. This is something some schools are taking advantage of to communicate with parents while helping their students develop traditional literacies, 21st century literacies, and many ‘soft skills’.

Your video library can be hosted on a site like Vimeo or YouTube. From there you can embed videos on your class/school blog or website.

Here are just two examples from my state of Victoria in Australia:

LODGERS Berwick Lodge TV

This television show is incredibly catchy and gives families a real insight into what’s happening around the school yard. Rob Kelly does some truly incredible work with the students at Berwick Lodge Primary School.

LODGERS – Series 2 – Episode 7 – THE FILM FESTIVAL SPECIAL from Berwick Lodge Primary School on Vimeo.

Parkhill  TV

Parkhill Primary School is lucky enough to have a ‘fully operational’ digital television news broadcasting studio at their school. This is such a great opportunity for students and the school community.

Check out their Vimeo channel to see some examples of their videos.

These two examples would clearly take a lot of work, but parents would certainly appreciate a much simpler student-created school report too. You can always start small!

Consider: If you put on a school production, parents come along because they want to see their child. This shows how powerful it could be to put students in the driving seat of some home-school communication. Maybe it’s an effective way to get parents on board and taking notice?

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4) Email Newsletters (or Letters)

  • Easy option for many parents who are used to using email regularly
  • There are a number of ways you can save time and get more out of the process of emailing parents

I began teaching in 2004 when office staff would spend hours every two weeks typing and photocopying a school newsletter. We’d then hand this out to the eldest student in each family and hope it made its way home!

I wrote a post back in 2010 about the switch I made from paper newsletters and notes to email. Nine years have passed and this approach still isn’t in every classroom but it could be.

Email allows our newsletters (or letters) to be:

  • more personalised (e.g. class news, or student information, instead of only whole school news)
  • more instantaneous (why wait two weeks to hear about a sports report, learning goal, or event information?)
  • more reliable (no need to worry about lost notes as long as parents are checking their email)
  • more private (there may be some things you don’t want students reading)
  • two way (parents can reply which they couldn’t really do with printed material)

Veteran teacher Linda Yollis is a big fan of email as she explained in this tweet…

More Ideas And Advice About Emailing Parents

  • If you’re looking for some more advanced ideas, Alice Keeler has a Google Add-On and tutorial to easily send personalised emails to parents when you have a lot of students.
  • Matt Miller has written a tutorial on how to make a customised email newsletter for every child with Google Forms.
  • Some people like publishing their email newsletters in Google Slides. This is something Shelly Terrell has written about. Second grade teacher Liz Reyes shared the following insights via Twitter,

Learn More About Emailing Parents

In May 2019 I wrote a comprehensive post with advice for teachers emailing parents.
It includes a poster with 12 tips for emailing parents. There’s also a sample email and advice about word choice.

Take a look the email tips!

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5) Social Media

  • Many parents use social media daily and it’s becoming more common for teachers and schools to communicate in this way

Social media is an excellent avenue to explore when considering how you can ‘meet parents where they’re at’. There is a lot of merit in using a platform that parents are already familiar with and are using regularly, rather than trying to come up with a new method that requires ongoing education and promotion.

Online platforms like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram can be a great way to bridge the gap between home and school.

Many teachers use social media well to connect with families. Of course, you’ll need to be mindful of your school, district, or state policies when beginning to communicate in this way.

Another consideration is that most social media platforms have a 13+ age restriction. This means that unlike other publishing platforms (such as your blog), the teacher will need to be the one doing all the publishing for younger students.

Solution To Bring Your School’s Social Media Together

If you are publishing to various social media platforms, or you have various teachers/classes with their own social media accounts, you might be wondering how to bring this all together!

Check out a free tool called Wakelet which I’ve taken a comprehensive look at in this post.

In this article, school principal Mariah Rackley shares how she uses Wakelet to bring together all the tweets from the school community. You can then embed your Wakelet onto your school website for the community to enjoy.

Social Media Example: The Daily Shoot

One teacher who uses social media really well to connect with families is Aviva Dunsiger. Her Daily Shoot concept was born when she was teaching upper primary students.

Aviva now teaches pre-kindergarten and uses the concept to share images and videos about the day’s events through social media. The Daily Shoot page on her class blog which collates all the social media posts is well worth a look!

Here’s an example of the sort of thing you might see on The Daily Shoot from Instagram and Twitter.

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6) Voice Tools

  • There are many apps on the market that are popular for voice communication and can, therefore, be adapted for home-school communication

Let’s take a look at Google Voice and Voxer which are being used by teachers in creative ways.

Google Voice

I recently found out about Google Voice via a tweet from Monica Spillman. Living in Australia where Google Voice is not yet available, I was unaware of this awesome tool!

Monica also shared a video from Ben Hyclak who explains how to set up an account.

This looks like a great tool for those of you in the US BUT it seems like my fellow Aussie friends and I will have to keep waiting.

Voxer

Another voice app worth looking at is Voxer. I was fascinated when I read a blog post by Meredith Akers about it.

If you haven’t heard of Voxer, it’s a messaging app for your phone (or browser) where you can send voice recordings walkie talkie style. There are other sending options too like text, photos, videos and location sharing.

Meredith explains how she sends voice messages of appreciation and praise to staff, students, and parents. She talks about the huge impact this strategy has had as the recipient can hear your sincerity. Talking is fast too which makes this a great option for busy teachers who are interested in offering personalised messages but are short on time.

And if your parents don’t have the app, you can just record your voice recording in Voxer and email it to them. Easy!

Be sure to check out Meredith’s post for more information and an example.


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7) Communication Apps

  • School-teacher-parent-student communication is quick and easy through apps on phones or tablets (or via the web)
  • There are a large number of communication apps available
  • Many apps are freemium models (free for basic classroom use with paid options for advanced or school-wide features)

There are now many communication apps designed for schools on the market and they’re becoming increasingly popular with teachers and parents alike.

Apps can break down barriers as they’re quick and easy to use and there’s usually a minimal learning curve. Another great feature of many communication apps is the ability to translate into different languages.

Communication apps do various things. Let’s take a look at three:

Seesaw

  • Primarily a digital portfolio and parent communication tool that’s hugely popular across the world, especially in the primary/elementary classroom.
  • Allows parents and students to easily send families updates like notices, videos, and photos.
  • Seesaw works on phones, tablets, and the web.

I’ve written a comprehensive post weighing up the pros and cons of Seesaw.Check it out here!

Primary educator Kate has found Seesaw very worthwhile…

Remind

  • Allows teachers to share news and resources with students and parents.
  • Teachers can send messages from the web or the app to parents’ or students’ phones (or the web/email if they don’t have phones).
  • Teachers can send announcements to an entire class or personalize messages to individuals and smaller groups.

Stephen Davis is a middle school English teacher who uses Remind…

ClassDojo

  • Began as a way to gamify classroom behaviour through a points system.
  • Now an app where teachers can share class stories and contact parents directly.
  • Students can also create digital portfolios.
  • ClassDojo can be used on the web and via apps for iPhone and Android.

Special education teacher Mrs. de Jongh tweeted her thoughts about ClassDojo…

SkoolBag

SkoolBag began as a simple school communication app.

It’s now evolving and is a leading app across Australia and New Zealand. SkoolBag is a way to send out newsletters, take payments, share classroom updates, fundraise, record absences, organise permission notes and more.

I’ve recently collaborated with SkoolBag to write some articles about parent communication. Check out “How To Use A School App To Open A Window To The Classroom (And Not A Floodgate)”

There are many more school communication apps out there. Please share your favourite in a comment!

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8) In Person

  • The goal is to enhance our communication with parents via technology, not replace all human contact. 

Are Parent-Teacher Conferences Becoming Obsolete? was an article published in The Atlantic just over a year ago. It understandably caused a bit of controversy amongst parents and educators. The article talks about how a Colorado school district began replacing in-person meetings with online data systems.

Most teachers and parents would agree that this is not the desired goal of using technology for home-school communication. We want technology to enhance our communication with families, not replace all human contact. There is so much power in speaking to someone face-to-face (or on the phone) from time to time.

Sometimes everyone will benefit from a parent-teacher discussion about a student’s behaviour, learning, or other important issues. However, I don’t think we need a parent meeting every time a student has a new learning goal either. And we certainly don’t need ten different parents knocking on the classroom door to ask about the athletics carnival arrangements.

I think all teachers know what the right mix is here for online and offline communication.

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8 Tips For Better Communication With Parents

There are now so many ways that you can communicate with parents and, of course, you might find having a few different methods works well.

You might use one medium for more personalised communication: like to share information about individual student progress and behaviour. Another method could be set up for more general class and school news.

I’ve created a PDF with 8 tips for teachers for better communication with parents.

To summarize, the best ways for teachers to communicate effectively with parents include:

  • Setting up start of year expectations
  • Training parents to use your channels of communication
  • Ensuring parents aren’t facing barriers to accessing technology
  • Contacting parents personally when necessary
  • Helping parents to get to know you as a teacher
  • Avoiding replicating digital communication
  • Establishing two-way channels of communication
  • Empowering students to get involved in the home-school communication

>>Download a PDF copy to share with colleagues

Final Thoughts

This is an exciting time for building strong relationships with families to help all of our students thrive. Relationships are built on communication.

How will you communicate in 2019?

What’s happening in your classroom or school? Please comment and tell us about the way you communicate with families!

Thank you to Teekatas Suwannakrua for the cute icons for my graphic for this post!


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You can use the school year as a time to start fresh with new classes, new friendships, and new knowledge. Comments (-1) SV revises 2019-20 calendar. Some of those teachers will be welcoming students to eight brand new. 21 tips for parents on their child's first day of school Tens of thousands of children will go to school for the first time this week. to be able to chat about your own feelings and anxieties with their parents, who may be feeling the same. 17 First-Day-of-School Photos That Perfectly Capture the Way Kids Feel About School If you sit most kids - whether they're actually happy or not - in front of the camera on their first day of. A A A; Calendar. Parents tell us life goes into hyperdrive once children start kindergarten. The first week of school should stress large group organization and student procedures. Big day, big feelings: your child’s first day of school. com FREE DELIVERY possible on eligible purchases. Talk to your child’s school about arranging a visit before the first day of kindergarten. First day of school activities for elementary students 1. Students get directions to make a "Get to Know Me" bag. On this day the students form their first impression of you. " for the boy to his first day of middle school on Aug. What are you looking forward to tomorrow? What are you reading? What was the hardest rule to follow today?. At Bennett Elementary, students receive individualized instruction through small class sizes, positive enrichment through the one-to-one technology initiative, and leveled classwork determined by student. First day of school can be hard on parents as much as students Weston Morrow / [email protected] It shows the fear and the feeling of being out of place. Talk to your child’s school about arranging a visit before the first day of kindergarten. Good first impressions are vital for establishing a rapport and connecting with your students. As parents, we hope our children will be excited and enthusiastic and, most likely, they are. Let's find out more about going back to school. Difficult/Unpleasant Feelings. The cat, Cuddles, had been posing with us in some of our earlier shots and then ran off. The first day of school’s profound impact on parents. jpg Author: Elaine Created Date: 8/14/2017 4:04:00 PM. A mum's account of her child's first day. Parents, let's admit it. Most children are eager to learn and to join the world of the bigger kids who already go to school. I also feel empathy for the teachers who see these 25 different new brains, so as a parent (and a teacher) I try to see the good and the bad of all aspects of education and learning. I tapped the wisdom of my former colleagues and mentors to find out what parents should and shouldn't worry about on the first day of school. But now things are going to be different. First Day of School Celebrations. Professional development day for 184-day staff. Sometimes it's the little news that really counts. Planning ahead for this special day can help ease the transition for your students and their parents. First Day of School Feelings Class Book – Create a class book of your first day of school hand prints to save all year long. Please feel free to share 1st Day of school handprint crafts so that others can get ideas and tips. The first day is always rough on parents, but those mixed feelings will soon pass. 1st Day of School for Students. Teachers: What do you wish parents knew before the first day of school? Tell us in the form at the bottom of the page. prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18. Labor Day is a glorious holiday because your child will be going back to school the next day. ” Here are the top 10 things teachers don’t want to hear—and how you can approach a problem in a better way instead. We work hard every single day to ensure that students accelerate academically, and the safety and well-being of our students is a top priority. First day of school notes to brighten up your child's day & combat nervousness. All of what they are feeling you have felt once before. Perhaps even sitting on child size chairs, and at small tables, in their child's Kindergarten class room. Bath time. First day of school refrigerator magnet gift for students. Aug 10, 2017 · — The first day of school is approaching and Melissa Langford knows some families are dreading its arrival. All of a sudden your little baby is not quite so little. One of the unique aspects of Charter Oak is the flexible learning. SV's first day of school is Aug. As a teacher, there are certain things I secretly hope parents will do on the first day of school (like surprise me with one of these sweet gifts), but really, those aren't nearly as important as. on the last day of the holiday weekend, if the noncustodial parent. I can name each one. This letter serves many purposes, but perhaps the most important reason to send it home is to let parents know (from the very first day of school) that you value their input. It’s much easier to have the letters on desks for Open House, or just hand them out on the first day of school. So it’s not surprising if the day is. So parents have no excuse to let their children miss the first few days of classes, he added. To find out just how teachers feel at the start of a new school year, Business Insider asked them to weigh in, and more. 19, 2019) "And if parents can model that for their. One or more parents that love them. My daughter continues to have reluctant feelings about the whole thing. that morning. To help bus drivers drop younger students off at the correct location at the correct time, parents should provide younger students and students new to the district with two notes or cards containing the student’s name, parent’s names, home phone number, back-up phone number, and home address. David Kilper / WUSTL PhotoAdvice for sending your child off to college for the first time. It’s so bittersweet the first day ever of school but I am discovering that them having the very last first day of school is just as emotional. It was the beginning of my dream to go to college and to pursue a higher education. If you have time, a handwritten note can add a little magic too, and you can even wait until the first day of school to send it home. even some pencils. School rocks!. You have taught me so much. So when my wise mentor suggested that after the first day of school I call all of my second graders’ parents, I did. Peek into your child's classroom, and if possible, meet the teacher and principal. My daughter's school does all of those and more. As you well know, a new school year means you are going to advance to a higher grade and learn more things. The calendar includes about three dozen important dates, including holidays, breaks and parent-teacher conference days. Be sure to remember to hit pause and allow yourself to experience and remember the first year of school. As an adult, I've considered freedom to be synonymous with the first day of school. Parents Look Like When Children Back In School. That day was great too it was great because I made many friends so I decided to make other new students feel comfortable when they come. BACK TO SCHOOL: Share your First Day photos to see them on NBC4 Today parents driving their kids, and students walking to school, the roads will be busier. A father brings his 6-year-old son in to the doctor's office. But at the same time I am excited about what is to come. The very first thing I wanted her to write for us was a back-to-school post on all the critical things your child’s teacher wants to know about him or her to start the school year off right. Some high school courses (Art, Family and Consumer Science, Industrial Arts, etc. First day of school nervous. The child’s experience of primary school Families lay the foundations for a feeling of security. If you love these, be sure to follow my Pinterest. The first day of preschool is tough for kids and parents alike. being kind to them 2. Starting elementary school is a big deal in Germany. (Neitarsha, 4th) Let Parents & Students Know Expectations. 'Parents need more support for children starting school' As over 600,000 four-year-olds start primary school this week, Liz Bayram argues that more could be done to tackle parent and pupil anxiety. As a social studies high school teacher, I faced over 25 years of the first day of school. The signage and layout of the school building can play a major role in welcoming children and parents, especially on or before the first day of kindergarten. Tips for Parents: First Day of School. 6 Messages Every Student Should Hear On The First Day Of School. I am always going to remember that day because I had the opportunity to meet more people and the most important I met the best friends that I have ever had. I pray for this girl more than I pray for myself and we made a hard decision to switch schools. These are very special pictures that we always like to include in our scrapbook and end of the year slide show. I printed up a sign and had her pose with it. “Teachers want your child to succeed. This is not necessarily a bad thing; some anxiety is normal, even healthy. The basic premise of the program’s philosophy is centered on the ability to provide a blended education of Latin and American cultures in an authentic bilingual environment. As a parent when our children go back to school, in some small way, we go back to school too. Alabama mom, Jena Willingham has gone viral after sharing this photo to Facebook that perfectly captures the first-day-of school for both students and parents. This is the time of the year when looping is awesome! :) Even though we have been in school for almost a month, I wanted to share a few of the things I used for the first week of school. Thousands of kids across the state headed back to school Monday, and more will go back after Labor Day. No more screen time guilt? No more popsicle wrappers literally everywhere? No more complaints of “I’m bored?” Damn right, we’re crying tears. And so when Anthony or Karla or whoever shows up for the first day of school, they can feel the bull’s-eye on their back. Read about how schools across the nation -- in urban, rural, and suburban areas -- are breaking down barriers with parents and their communities by making the first day of school an exciting holiday with special activities that include everyone!. But for my other kids. It is important not to be ashamed of having feelings. BERMUDA PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM 2018 – 2019 ACADEMIC CALENDAR FOR PARENTS. It was my mother who first thought of sending me to school. Years later, these photos will blend in with every other photo from that timeframe. On the tables, I set out crayons and paper with the words “I drew this on the first day of school” printed on the bottom. I've been that mom who gets a little misty-eyed at the morning bus stop, yet also relishes the return of peace and quiet during the day. Let's find out more about going back to school. Schools now offer 'Boohoo' events on the first day of school, allowing parents share emotions and compose themselves. Our church serves over 25,000 active members, and features the Sacred Heart Chapel, an Education Center, the Sacred Heart Community Clinic, and a state of the art Parish Evangelization Center for hosting banquets, community events, and celebrations. Search this blog Between Us Parents. Start some of your assignments right away on the first day of college, so they’ll be sure to be done by the deadline. Ask most parents about their child’s first day of school and watch as their eyes mist over and their voices change. They also have a volunteers' morning tea and parents can help on the Christmas stall and Mother's day and Father's day stalls. This can include a small toy, a new book, or special time with a parent. Dear Foster Parents-This is for you…. Here is a sample letter to a student. Make your child's first day of school fun and stress-free with a little preparation. In years past I jumped with joy on that first day of school. You saw him walk over to the bed. This letter serves many purposes, but perhaps the most important reason to send it home is to let parents know (from the very first day of school) that you value their input. Bennett Elementary School is a Kindergarten through 6th Grade School, also offering State-Accredited Preschool for 3 and 4-year-olds. Just to keep us all from wondering where your kids are all day, so that everyone can go on with their lives without all that stress. I didn’t understand the parents who said they cried as they watched their kids start school. More than half the mothers felt 'overwhelmingly emotional' at school gates. Separation Anxiety: Tips For Parents on the First Day of School by: Anna Ridgeway, Lead Pre-Kindergarten Teacher As the children begin the school year, many for the very first time, I would like to offer three simple suggestions in easing the important transition from home to school. Some rejoice it. The first ten days of school are exhausting for both teachers and students! So many routines to teach and so many little learners to get to know! My lesson plans for the first ten days of school are almost always the same with a few little tweaks here and there. Ah, middle school, the time during which every parent gains a full understanding of why some animals eat their young. Some schools arrange for teachers to meet with students before school starts. NEW First Day of School Sign Style #4: Fillable. But that’s okay – a few tears are allowed on this special day. JUNE 6, 2019 -- In Regina Public Schools, we demonstrate our Shared Values that include belonging and respect. African Parents Many African parents have alot of drama. We asked some expert educators to help us craft this survival guide to help you assist children and their families on the first day of preschool and beyond. Nathan Jones, CC BY. How to get a grip on that first-day-of-school anxiety | Health24 advertisement. In Wake County, there were more than 10,000 teachers and administrators ready to greet 161,000 students on the first day back. resources for teachers and parents. Here are some ways to familiarize your child with his new environment: Introduce your child ahead of time to common school activities, such as drawing pictures or storytelling. Some teachers invite families to visit ahead of time. It’s almost time to send your kiddos off to school! Today I have a set of printable First Day of School printable signs for you, inspired by the 1990s! If you’ve been in any store lately, you’ll probably have noticed that the 90s are back in a big way — overalls, choker necklaces, tie dye, and even Lisa Frank. when someone we love goes away. On the first day of school we always read The Kissing Hand book and talk about first day feelings. Happy First Day of School shirts are perfect teacher shirts to wear on the first day of school. Outstanding watercolor illustrations and simple text effectively capture the feeling of many parents on the first day of school for their beloved little ones. This adorable book examines the first day of school from the perspective of the school itself. When your child returns to school, he/she should have a note for me explaining their absence. Yet, entering high school gave me the opposite feeling. As I met many people from different countries around the world I was surprised to find out that first, the tradition to celebrate the first day of school is not part of the norm in a lot of countries, and second, when and how the first day of school goes in different countries is different and interesting. The more you do this between now and the first day of school, the more effective it will be. First Day of Kindergarten~The Kissing Hand Lesson Students listen to story, create a handprint craft, and practice retelling the story. On Monday, his "extended family" of officers escorted his daughter to her first day of school. We can only accomplish this through the focused work of our dedicated staff, supportive efforts of our families, and strong connections with our community partners. There is no more anxiety-provoking day of the year than the first day of school. After all, there's a lot to accomplish before school begins! If you start early, you can easily tackle this list in just a few weeks, and the payoff will be a much easier back-to-school season for your entire family. And today you joined thousands of other kids around Australia to embark on your very first day at primary school. Aug 28, 2017 · First Day Jitters: Dealing With Back To School Anxiety : NPR Ed The start of the year can be a particularly hard time for kids — trying to navigate from the carefree summer to the routine of. It’s so bittersweet the first day ever of school but I am discovering that them having the very last first day of school is just as emotional. From students to teachers to parents and guardians, the opening day of a new school year often brings a mix of excitement and sadness, anticipation and anxiousness. There are numerous books at every local library about going to school for the first time. He says his son just began first grade a week ago and, after attending the first day of classes, has refused to go to school each day since, complaining of stomach cramps and nausea. It is common for children (and parents) to experience feelings of anxiety in the lead up to starting care. Some teachers invite families to visit ahead of time. This Happy First Day of School Note Free Printable can be used as gift tags for teachers, other school staff or for students from a teacher! I designed this for my boys’ First Day of School gift for their teachers; I punched a hole and attached it to a gift bag with a string. All about the bag. In years past I jumped with joy on that first day of school. Not only will the kids feel better about going to school, but you will make some fabulous memories. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love having my 17 and 15 year olds at home, wouldn't have it any other way, but the first day of school I get so happy because we all are back on a routine and once they head off to school(and my tears dry)I'm a cleaning fool with the radio on MY. What If I Told You. Many parents find it very difficult to "let go" those first days of school. We value excellence in all that we do. It helps to have a mental checklist of objectives to accomplish so that you and your students come away with the impression that the course is off to a good start. The hit-and-run happened. Students at nearby Burges High School say their school regularly practices lockdown drills and they feel safe because they believe their community is truly safe. Some parent surveys have shown that parents are five times more likely to be in tears when their child starts school than the child itself. The Kissing Hand Activities for using The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn on the first day of school. A father brings his 6-year-old son in to the doctor's office. Parent-Teacher Communication. 31 Funny First Day of School Memes for Parents to Celebrate ADVERTISEMENT There’s definitely a difference. January 31, 2010 at 1:44 pm 136 comments. During my childhood, my parents always took a picture of me on the first day of school every. Blake's first day of school will be on Monday, and while his friends don't know about his shirt yet, principal Lisa Moore has already requested to take a photo with him on the first day. Click HERE for Parent Portal User Guide. Say anything and your parents will buy it. Alabama mom, Jena Willingham has gone viral after sharing this photo to Facebook that perfectly captures the first-day-of school for both students and parents. Preschool Time: Welcoming Parents and Helping Them Feel Connected One of the most difficult things for the parent of a preschool child is leaving their child for those first few days of preschool. As a principal, I would like to offer a few school tips for parents that I believe every educator would want them to know, and that will also benefit their children. A fun keepsake for parents and a creative way for teachers to get to know their students on the first day of school. How it feels when your child starts school for the first time: Reception mums' thoughts on leading up to the first day. It gave me a terrible feeling of fear and anxiety as I went to school with my father. Unlike other schools, the first day of school at Barwell Road Elementary means there will be classes for both students and their parents. Just like you, children in Germany have to go to school every day. Make going back to the first day of school a positive event. Excitement and a bit of chaos fill the air as well as some nervous anticipation – not just from the students but also from the teachers. Teacher Ask You To Tell The Class A Few Thing About Yourself. Tips for Parents: First Day of School. Follow-up activity: Project a photo of your school onto the board as inspiration as kids draw and color in their own image of school. Parents worry their children will feel abandoned and be scarred for life, while kids are overwhelmed by the transition and separating from their parents. Our summer reading requirement for the incoming E108 level is Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild. For parents, teachers and kids of all ages. The first day of school gets lots of ink for all that it means to a child. In Wake County, there were more than 10,000 teachers and administrators ready to greet 161,000 students on the first day back. As a parent when our children go back to school, in some small way, we go back to school too. During a discussion of school start-up ideas, Deb wrote: One thing that I would suggest to new and returnee teachers is something I call "In a million words or less, tell us about your child. NICK JIMENEZ: First day is special, even if you're not a student or parent of one. Parents get that 'back to school' feeling too. Spokane High School on Tuesday, August 27th, all Mead School District school offices will be closed from 8-10 a. Except it's a little different for them.

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Back To School Messages For Kids & Tips For Parents

Looking back now, 11 years later, falling in love was so easy. We were attracted to each other, we were both single, we didn't have many serious responsibilities yet, and we had plenty of time. Time to get to know one another and how to care for each other. Time to adventure together and learn who we were both as a couple and as individuals, too.

We now have seven years of marriage under our belts and six years of parenthood. Every day we're learning how to be a stronger team throughout the curveballs life (and our kids) throw at us.

(And believe me, there are plenty.)

Like a toddler who could most likely climb to the top of the Empire State Building without ropes, Free Solo style. Or the bed wetting. Or the crib escaping. Or all the childcare puzzle pieces. Or the beauty and pain of watching our kids need us less as they become more independent. Or the daily doses of attitudes, whining fits, and meltdowns—all from three children who we created ourselves.

These curveballs can feel like a lot. Some days are so exhausting, I could fall asleep the second you walk through the door.

And some days are so trying, I could drive off into the sunset the second you walk through the door. (I would come back, I promise.)

These years that we've been raising young children together have felt heavy because they're full. Full of twists and turns, of guilt and exhaustion, of happiness and growth.

They've felt heavy because of the weight. The weight of the worries on our minds, the anxiety in our hearts, the stress on our bodies.

And through it all, I see you, and all the many ways you care for me.

The little things are so huge to me, especially after a long day.

Like making a cup of my favorite tea and delivering it to me on the couch. Bringing home Ben & Jerry's when you can tell my texts are short and so, my fuse might be, too.

Giving me a back rub when I complain about my aches. Watching the movies I pick out over and over again without complaining.

Listening to me vent without looking at your phone or brushing my worries off to move onto something else. Sitting with me when I need to cry. Reassuring me when I feel like I have no idea what I'm doing.

The mornings that start with you delivering me a cup of coffee in bed before you head to work are the BEST. It may seem like a small act of love, but it feels like a big, giant hug from you. (And I love getting those from you, too.)

You're the sole weekend diaper changer because you're at work during most of the weekday changes. You're the laundry master, the middle-of-the-night potty helper, the toy assembler, the hair washer and consequently, the soap-getter-out-of-the-eyer.

You're my partner, my equal. My spouse and my best friend.

All the little things that you do for me, for us, add up to a huge pile of gratefulness, respect, validation and appreciation.

They show me—like I aim to show you by the way I care for you—that you see me as a human. Not just the mother of your children. Not just the family chef. Not just the breastfeeder. Not just the chauffeur. Not just the magic maker, boo-boo healer, or errand-runner.

You see that woman you fell in love with 11 years ago. The woman I've grown into. The woman I'm aspiring to be; always aiming to better myself. You notice the effort I'm putting in and you look me in the eyes to let me know you're proud.

That's the big stuff. And I'm grateful for that too.

You see me trying to dig out from under all this motherhood and find myself again. Did I get lost? I'm not sure exactly. I mostly think I've just evolved. Am evolving. But I do think I've lost touch with myself a little along the way, and you're always encouraging me to find my way back.

Thank you for the little stuff, the big stuff. The invisible stuff, the grandeur stuff. The simple stuff, the complicated stuff. The stuff that comes easy to you, the stuff that you'd probably rather not do but you do anyway because you love me.

Thank you for being in this with me.

Thank you for staying steady when I'm standing on shaky ground.

And thank you for catching those curveballs when I can't.

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Back To School Messages For Kids & Tips For Parents

What is it about homework that wears families out? Even newbie grade-schoolers, who love doing it at first, often lose their enthusiasm and start stalling. And after a long day, you just want your kiddo to knuckle down so you can get dinner on the table or start the bedtime routine. 

But playing cop rarely works — micromanaging and nagging only make kids feel stupid or frustrated. A better solution: Think of yourself as a coach and cheerleader. To help you get there, we asked teachers and parents to share their A+ strategies for solving the most common headaches. Their work-like-magic tips are guaranteed to bring harmony back into your homework routine, whether your child is a kindergartner or a fifth-grader, a whiner or a procrastinator!

1. Do It as Early as Possible: Best for Everyone

On days when there are no afternoon activities, give your child a time frame — say, between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. — to get down to business. This gives her some control over her schedule (some kids need a longer break after school, and others need to start right away to keep the momentum going). The only rule is that 5 o’clock is the latest time to start. If you work, that means homework duties will fall to the after-school caregiver. This way, the bulk of it can get done before your kiddo’s too pooped — and you can just review and wrap things up once you get home.

2. Create a Call List: Best for Forgetters

From kindergarten on, kids need a list of three or four classmates they can call on when they forget an assignment, says Ann Dolin, M.Ed., a former teacher and author of Homework Made Simple. The study buddy can read your child the spelling words over the phone, or his mom can snap a pic of the worksheet and text it to you.

3. Build Confidence: Best for the Intimidated

When kids don’t get something right away, they may feel like they’re stupid and start to shut down, says Sigrid Grace, a second-grade teacher in Almont, MI, and a member of Scholastic Parent & Child’s advisory board. You can short-circuit negative thinking by sitting down and figuring out the first problem together. That alone can help him remember how to do the rest. Then heap on the praise: “You did a great job on that one! Try the next one now.” 

Another strategy: Have your child show you similar problems he worked on in class. That may jog his memory so he can retrace the steps. Plus, it helps you see what he’s already learned.

4. Cut It in Half: Best for the Overwhelmed

That’s right — you can make an executive decision to lighten your child’s load for a night, if:

  • She doesn’t understand the assignment.
  • The assignment is vague or touches on a topic she’s not ready for.
  • She’s exhausted from a long day of school, gymnastics, and an argument with her best friend. 

If your child is completely lost, you can excuse her entirely. In the other cases, shorten the assignment, says Cathy Vatterott, Ph.D., a University of Missouri-St. Louis professor of education and author of Rethinking Homework. What you can’t skip is informing the teacher. “Have your child write a note explaining,” says Vatterott. If she’s too young, write it yourself (with her input) and have her sign it. If you don’t hear back from the teacher in a few days, or your child is still clueless on the next assignment, follow up with an e-mail.

Most teachers will be understanding if a student does this once in a while, says Grace, but if your child frequently fails to finish her assignments, there will probably be a consequence.

5. Change the Scene: Best for Daydreamers

Something as simple as a special place to work can boost a child’s motivation and, in turn, his confidence. “I let one kid at a time use my office if they are having trouble,” says Jennifer Harrison, of Sacramento, CA, mom of a 7- and an 11-year-old. “Being in the spot where Mom does grown-up work seems to help them focus. Maybe because I tell them that it’s my place to concentrate.”

6. Keep the Positive Feedback Coming: Best for the K–2 Set

Little kids need instant feedback, so it’s okay for parents of young grade-schoolers to correct mistakes, says Grace. Then emphasize what your kid’s done well. After he’s finished, take his paper and say “Hmm, I’m looking for something . . .” After scanning it for a minute, say “Aha! Look how well you wrote your letters in this part!” or “This sentence is even better than the one you came up with yesterday!” If you praise specific improvements, your little learner will become more inclined to try to do a good job the first time around.

7. Leave the Room: Best for Whiners

“Kids who drag things out are often doing so for your attention — they’re enjoying the interaction on some level,” explains Grace. “Avoid joining in. And if you must stay in the room, have your child work in a spot that’s farther away from whatever you’re doing.”

8. Beat the Clock: Best for Procrastinators

Sometimes a pint-size foot dragger just needs a jump-start. If that’s true for yours, try Dolin’s “Five Minutes of Fury”: Set a timer for five minutes, shout “Go!” and have your child work as fast as she can until the timer goes off. At that point, she can take a short break or keep going — and many kids continue. “Racing against a timer gives kids an external sense of urgency if they don’t have an internal one,” she notes (besides, it’s fun!). But it’s not an excuse for sloppy work, so tell her to go over it before she puts it back in her folder.

9. Plan, Plan, Plan: Best for 3rd- to 5th-Graders

Many teachers will break down big projects into a series of deadlines so that children learn to budget time. If your kid’s teacher doesn’t, show your child how to “scaffold” the assignment yourself, says Dr. Vatterott. Together, divide the project into steps, then help her estimate how much time each will take. Get a weekly or monthly calendar, and then write down which steps she’ll tackle when — and for how long. To get the most out of your calendar, include everything — from basketball practice on Mondays to the reading log every night so you both can plan realistically. If you know which nights are going to be a problem, “Ask for the week’s assignments at once and figure out your own schedule for completing them,” suggests Dr. Vatterott. “Teachers will often work with you on this, but most parents are afraid to ask.”

10. Let ’Em Vent: Best for Everyone

When your routine is upended — and your kid hasn’t even started his homework — ease frustration by letting him complain. Listen, empathize (“Wow, that is a lot of work”), and state his feelings back to him (“You sound upset”). Once your child feels understood, says Dolin, he’ll be more likely to accept your suggestions — and better able to focus on what needs to be done.

Plus: Your Way vs. The Teacher’s

Your child’s tearing up over a long-division worksheet and you actually remember how to get the answer. But the teacher’s instructions are different. Do you show your kid your method — so at least she’ll have the correct answer?

Hold off, says Dr. Vatterott. Your process may confuse her even more. You can help your child by talking to her about what she remembers from class and steering her to the textbook. If she’s still lost, just have her write a note to the teacher explaining that she doesn’t understand.

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