Our school is installing a Parent-Teacher Hotline, a telephone system that allows teachers to record messages to their parents, and parents can call in, enter the classroom I.D. number, and hear the teacher’s message regarding homework, upcoming activities, permission slips that need to be returned, etc. We’ll be using ours to include a Home Activity for the Week, a simple learning activity designed to involve parents in the learning/teaching process.
Mapping out a family tree can be a great opportunity for younger children to learn more about “where they come from.” Often, seeing their immediate family drawn out on paper will help them to remember relatives better and understand those relationships of how those relatives are, well, related!
Learning can and should take place in the home; the problem is how to implement it. You can jump-start the process once a week by sending home a “Work-at-Home” worksheet with each student giving both the student and the parent a job to do.
The first step in involving parents in the education process is to remember they are there. We often get focused on our job and forget that parents could be a valuable time-saving resource. Changing your perspective means brainstorming a way to have them help.
Have students create a short auto-biographical essay or list of personal facts, then decorate it with a photo and a fingerprint. You can guarantee that no two will be the same.