Building family engagement in the classroom needs to start on the first day of school or before. A great way to get the ball rolling is to schedule a parent orientation before school start or on the very first day of school.
During the orientation take a survey of what family are interested in and tap into those interest. Parents feel more comfortable as a classroom participant then just a classroom observer.
Parents feel more engaged in the classroom environment when they are able to teach and share their interests. At orientation take the opportunity to survey your parents of what their specialties are. Once you have a list contact parents to come and share their skills with a classroom project based on their specialty. Your parents will get more out of the experience and so will the children. Parents will walk away feeling like they are part of the classroom community.
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