participation in a classroom is a wonderful way to get the parents involved in
the educational process of their child. Traditionally
parents have participated as volunteers in the classroom.
However this mode of participation has its own advantages and
disadvantages. In following
paragraphs we will examine the various ways in which teachers can involve
parents and benefit all those involved.
Associate with Parent Participation
extra time and work on part of the teacher to prepare the parent for
parents do not have the time to participate in class activities
parent promise to come and donít show up
maybe apprehensive about the professional and appropriate behavior of the parent
may also be leery of the parents constantly observing them
may also be concerned with the distraction that parent participation brings with
of Parent Participation:
parents first hand information of what goes on in their childís classroom
feels valued because he or she cherishes the time they get to spend with their
parents in their class
pair of hands in the class
4. Parents may also serve as a resource for the teacher
in Parent Participation
explore your parentsí ,background, talents and resources they have access to.
This can be accomplished by means of an interest and information
questionnaire at the beginning of the year.
Be sure to include questions about extended family and whether they would
be willing to participate
and when needed if a particular need arises in the preschool send a notice to
the parents who satisfy your need in terms of serving as a resource
also encourage informal visits by the parents for observation, birthdays,
holiday celebrations, lunches, field trips etc.
list of parent participation opportunities on the parent bulletin board.
These could include a list of teaching and non teaching tasks. Examples
of teaching tasks include
and manipulative games with them
library trips and chores
field trips, class projects
ideas and maybe teach children about their own culture, hobbies, jobs etc.
parents could help in the following non teaching tasks
manipulatives and games at home
classroom display and setup of childrenís work
repair equipment and materials
materials from home (e.g. toys, other usable materials like empty milk cartons,
egg cartons etc.)
materials for dramatic play
and maintain the schoolís computer system
children during nap time
store bought goodies for celebrations
small appliances for children to take apart
After the parent participation it is very important to acknowledge the
parentís role by writing a note or mentioning it in the parent newsletter.
This will encourage future participation.