Communicating with parents can be one of the most challenging parts of teaching. I haven’t always been the best at it. Over the years I’ve improved and figured out what works for me. There are many ways to communicate learning with parents. I use daily Facebook posts, weekly emails, monthly newsletters, and quarterly progress reports.
Daily Facebook Posts
These posts tell parents what the daily theme was, a few activities we did throughout the day, and a few things the students learned. I also post pictures I took that day. I think the pictures are probably the parents’ favorite part about the Facebook posts. They get to see their child in action and actually get to see what we do all day at preschool. My Facebook posts are simple. An example of a Facebook post might be:
Daily Theme: Today we learned about canoes.
Literacy: We used our loose parts to create letters. We also learned the letter J and made a letter J book.
Fine Motor Skills: We practiced coloring in the lines and holding our pencil correctly while working on our letter J book. We also used scissors to cut the pages apart.
Math: Today we practiced counting and identifying numbers 1-6. The students made canoes and counted people to put in the canoes.
Art: Today we made paddles and sang “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” while we pretended to paddle down the river.
I send an e-mail to all my preschool parents at the beginning of the week letting them know what we will be learning that week. It’s a lot like the daily Facebook posts, but a layout of the whole week so they can see beforehand what is being taught.
I used to do my own monthly newsletter. And then, I discovered that Mother Goose Time sends a monthly newsletter with every box. This saves me so much time to use their newsletter. Plus, I love the tips and activity suggestions they give parents.
Quarterly Progress Report
Each quarter, I send the parents my test results and my observations of where their student is at and give a goal of where I want them to go. Communicating these results is so important because I need parent help! I only have the students for a few hours a day. Anything parents can work on with their child is helpful. And if I can tell them what I am working with their child on in the classroom, they can emphasize and practice the learning at home. It is beneficial for the students to be able to practice at school and at home. I also love to tell parents what they child is doing really well at. If parents know what their child is excelling at they can praise their child, which can build confidence in that student. And also, it’s just fun to be praised and recognized when you do something really well. I think students need to be recognized when they do something right. It makes learning more exciting and fun.
Communicating with parents doesn’t have to be difficult. It can be as simple as sending a quick individualized text to a parents telling them of a celebration or challenge their student had that day. Parent involvement and support is needed. I cannot teach a child without parent support. I am so grateful for my amazing preschool moms who are supportive and involved in preschool and their child’s education. Thank you to all of them!
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