Finding the Right Classroom Volunteer Job For You . . . And Loving It!
Whether it’s the beginning of the school year or the middle of it, the time is always right to encourage parent engagement by helping parents find the right classroom volunteer job for them! Keep these 5 tips in mind:
5 Tips for Parent Classroom Volunteers
1. Volunteer for something you’re actually interested in: Are you a neat-freak? Maybe shy away from art projects and stick to organizing (stuffing folders, coordinating cubbies). Is it hard for your to put your Kindle or iPad down? Spice up reading time with your fun technology. When kids see you truly enjoying your time with them in the classroom, they too will have more fun!
2. Share your talents. If you’ve got a skill or hobby that the kids will find interesting, share it! Do you garden, paint, work with computers? Are you an animal or people-health care worker? Do you sew, cook or fix things? Bring these intriguing skill sets in the classroom and create an enriching experience students will definitely remember.
3. Be aware of your schedule. Family calendars fill fast with school, sport and extra-curricular commitments, not to mention appointments and family trips. Find a time to volunteer in the classroom that won’t leave you rushing to leave or answering calls while you are there. Give the teacher or room parent a heads up via text, call or email if you won’t be able to make your time.
4. Communicate with other parents. Not only is it fine if you want to volunteer with another parent, it’s great! Brainstorm with other class parents on fun ways to engage in the classroom and follow through together – two heads are always better than one and more parent involvement means more classroom success! See 6 Ways to Encourage Parent Communication
5. Know It’s OK to Say No. If you simply can’t fit classroom volunteering into your busy schedule this semester, it’s alright. It is always ok to say no but try and find ways to help from home or work that still give you a chance to contribute. See 8 Ways Class Parents Can Help From Home