5 Father's Day Ideas that the dads are sure to love.
Father’s Day is going to here before we know it so I made a list of ideas to help you with coming up with something for all those special dads.
Top on my list is Donuts for Dads, why you ask?
My answer - I love, to find any and every way that I can to bring parents into my classroom to provide them time to spend with their children. To help them when their children are young to appreciate and love their child’s school community.
With donuts for dads it gives the dads a special time that they can spend with their child one on one and with their child’s friends they hear about at the dinner table.
It is a simple set up that the children can help with.
They can make a special invitation for their dad.
Inside they can include a picture of them together, with what they love about their dad.
Children can use their own art skills by designing ties that go on each of the donut bags.
Clay is always at the top of my list for process art projects.
So, this fingerprint dish for dads change is the perfect project for children to make.
You can get the whole tutorial on how to make this special dish on What Katy Said.
Every house needs coasters, so why not have your children make that special dad a coaster just for them.
You can take pictures of each child and print them out on the copy machine in black and white. (Cost saving tip)
See how they created the beautiful color accents on the card store blog.
What child is not mesmerized by things that can shrink?
Bring science and Father’s Day together with these cute hand drawn shrinky dink key ring.
Bring in a toaster oven so that your children can have a front seat viewing of the shrinking process.
You can find the whole details on how to make these adorable key rings on Messy Little Monsters.
When you give a dad a potholder they will want to go to the store.
When he gets to the story he will want some hot dogs.
When he gets the hot dogs, he will want to BBQ.
When he BBQ he will want his very own potholder to use.
See how Ally made these handprint potholders on Ally’s Helpful Hints for Mommies.
Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a I have a dream classroom or school march.
The children and parents will love it.
If you would like to do a I have a dream classroom march grab your free parent letter and printable sign to get you started.
What do you do for your parent teacher conferences?
Parent teacher conferences are an excellent opportunity for teachers and families to share information and concerns. Conferences should be held twice a year during the Fall and Spring Semester.
The parent teacher conference is a time for listening and communicating openly. It is a time for the teacher to share the child’s strengths, but the conference also offers an opportunity to point out areas in which the child may need special emphasis. Teachers should provide families with activities that will help their child with writing letters, stringing beads or practicing cutting skills to improve fine motor skills and other areas in which they can help to prepare their child for kindergarten or beyond.
How do you show them where their child is at?
Through out the year I create two different booklets for each child. One is a portfolio of children's sample work like (paintings, art projects, drawings, writing and pictures). The other booklet contains assessment sheets that I use to complete my DRDP's.
What type of assessment sheet?
I always include a sheet where children need to identify the letters in their name. On this sheet children are provided with different letter squares, they find the letters in their name and then glue them to the sheet in order. Once they have done that we then ask them to identify the letters in their name. A star or check mark under each letter lets us know if that child could identify the letters in their name.
Shape sorting sheets, we can collect a lot of information from this sheet. Once the child has finished we can ask them question about their project. (what colors did you use, how many, which one has the most and least). This information gives us valuable insight to where children are at in all of the learning domains.
This sheet helps us to see if children know the difference between numbers and letters.
This is just a sample to the sheets that are used for assessments and to show parents exactly where their child is at.
Then what is in your sample work portfolio?
Children's work sample portfolio has a variety of children's work in it, that they have created during work time. There for it is child directed sample work not teacher directed.
How do you get your parents to come?
Notify families well in advance so they can plan for their parent teacher conference. Families should receive a letter or postcard to make an appointment during the scheduled parent teacher conference times. Then close to the time for the conference, send out a reminder note to remind them. The conferences will take about 15 to 20 minutes. Other parent teacher conferences can be arranged as needs occur.
In the class where parents come in to sign their child in, I have a chalk board just for them with important information on it like making an appointment for a parent teacher conference.
I also send home a letter in the weekly communication folder that shows the days and time I will be holding parent teacher conferences. Parents can then call and make an appointment.
Parents can also sign up for a time and day as they are signing their child in or out. A sign up sheet is taped right next to the sign in/out book.
Since I know that my parents are a busy group I also send home a reminder slip with their day and time on it. This way they can post it somewhere were they won't forget.
When families arrive for the conference greet them in a friendly manner and have your information prepared and ready to share. (School Readiness Assessment sheet, progress report, portfolio and observation notes)
TPT Products to help you
You can find all of the information shown in this post in my Teachers Classroom Management Packet and my Checklist and Portfolio Assessment Tools
I'm Tami Sanders creator of Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers, a blog to help teachers create magical moments for the young.
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