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I am really nervous about back to school night. Its intimidating presenting to all the parents. Any cute ideas or worksheets that you do? I need some help making it interesting....Thanks!!!!

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Rockin1stgrad 09-18-2011 03:01 PM

This year I did a curriculum night after school had started.

For Open House (before school started) I made a baggie with Extra gum (five packs for a dollar at the Dollar store) and treasure candy with a note that said, "I will TREASURE your child and make this year EXTRA special." I found this super cute idea on this blog:

I also used one of the generic candy poems for my students.

I also had folders made up of parent homework such as volunteer, mystery reader, About my Child etc forms.

I hope that this helps!

If this is more of a curriculum night, I have a FREE link to my Curriculum night packet on my blog.

TGall 09-18-2011 02:37 PM

LOVE the flashcard idea!!! I may do that...thanks!

trickyvic 09-11-2011 01:58 AM

I've been teacher 16 years and I still get sick the night of back to school.
This is what has helped in the past.
On the kids tables I have a self-portrait they have made of themselves, and on the back there are some clues of themselves. The parents are encouraged to find their child's portrait and have a seat, (they enjoy trying to find their own child). On the desks there is a long post it, a flashcard and a packet. The post it is to leave their child a personal note to let them know they met their teacher and saw their classroom. I ask the parents to make it personal. The flashcard is for the parents to ask me any question i may not have addressed during the presentation. i ask them to please leave their name, child's name, phone number and e-mail. I let them know I will answer their question soon, but to give me a few days. I always make sure to follow a very specific agenda that I have made in advanced.
And the more important thing my very first principal shared with me on the very first day I taught... "Fake it till you make it!" They don't know what YOU don't know.
p.s. make sure your room is tidy and very clean. Hide the mess in your storage.

Good luck!!

amblyn 09-07-2011 07:58 AM

I also felt very intimidated doing this night every year, so I changed mine abit. I made a package of information for the parents and sent it home for them to read. Tomorrow evening they will be coming with any questions that they have about the package. I also will have some work out that their child has done in the first couple days of school so they can see what we've been doing. (ieicture of themselves, how they print their name, how they colour, how they cut). I told parents to bring the kids along and they can show mom and dad where their drawer of supplies is and how to use the smartboard, etc. I just don't think parents need to see me at the front of the room reading off a sheet of paper and being very nervous. I thought it would be better to make it more informal and anser their questions instead. We'll see how it goes tomorrow!

ThankaTchr 09-07-2011 07:40 AM

b/c "ahhhhh" is like relaxing, refreshing, Calgon-take-me-away language I did a curriculum night to 2 groups of parents, 30min each at my new school. (Old school we covered this during first day with this was a first)

So I not only didn't know their particular curriculum or each quarter's pacing yet, I didn't have a projector like my team mates to just run the PPT the other 6 tchrs use that explained everything you ever wanted to know about K! So I shared what I knew - handed out writing rubrics and Sight word essentials- but mostly talked about my philosophy to help their child and the importance of communication and partnership with them. If they can leave knowing your heart for their kids and them, they can deal with all the other stuff coming throughout the year.

PS- I did sit them at their child's table seat so they could meet parents of kids their child probably talked about- and also so I could make the connection myself to who they were

bboopboop 09-06-2011 07:18 PM

I am really nervous about back to school night. Its intimidating presenting to all the parents. Any cute ideas or worksheets that you do? I need some help making it interesting....Thanks!!!!

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