Saturday, September 3, 2016
Open House 101
Open House always brings me a mixture of excitement and overwhelming fear. Yes I said it, I get scared when I have to talk to parents.
"But how can you be nervous about talking in front of people? You do it all day every day!"
This is usually the reaction I get when I bring this up, but children and parents are NOT THE SAME! Kids think you're the bomb.com and don't notice if you make 1 (or 1,000) mistakes throughout the day. Parents on the other hand are judging you as soon as they pull in the parking lot, and can you blame them? You are the person who's going to be with their babies more than they will for the next 300 days. The person who's responsible for teaching them anything and everything they need to know to succeed in life and keeping them in one piece while doing it. That's a whole lot of pressure! Now you see why I'm a bundle of nerves this time of year. But fear not, I have some tips to make Open House a breeze.
1. Have two sign in sheets.
2. Have a presentation!
Open House Presentation that will leave those parents informed and impressed.
3. Student Activities!
all about me books, or an activity done just for this occasion. I like to have my students write their parents an open house letter. It's entertaining and a great way to practice writing throughout the week.
Donation Station gives parents the chance to choose what they want to contribute to the class while they're still in the back to school mode. Trust me, these extra supplies will come in handy later when you're out of pencils by Christmas!
4. Positivity First!
And just remember, it's only one day a year! In a few short hours it'll be over, so enjoy meeting the parents and showing off your classroom!
All of the resources mentioned above can be found in this Open House Super Bundle. Check it out! :)