We appreciate and value our classroom volunteers and rely on them for a vast number of things. Single-parent homes, and families who need two incomes may have less time than others to offer in-class support yet are often willing to serve in other ways. The following link provides alternative ways parents, grandparents, and guardians can support their child’s teacher. If you have volunteers who are yearning to be involved but whose work or family situation makes it difficult, this article may provide encouragement and ideas.
Gillian Burdett has ideas for volunteers who have three hours to spare a day, a week, a month, or a year.
Karen Bantuveris shares tips for improving the classroom volunteer experience.
In this article, Karen shares encouragement and ways to find the perfect volunteering opportunity for any situation and schedule.
Once our classroom culture is formed and routines are up and running smoothly, we invite volunteers into every part of our day. We tend to hold the launching of Daily 5 as sacred, and respectfully ask that parents provide their help and assistance outside of that block until it is well established. We work hard to instill a sense of urgency in our students and want them to be able to maintain undivided attention during each round of Daily 5. Likewise, we want to be focused as we work with children and not have to pause to offer assistance or directions to other adults who are there to support us.
With all our families, whether they can help in the classroom or not, we stress that the single most important thing they can do is read to their children at home each night.