One Sunflower

it only takes a spark

on January 24, 2012

Many of the parents of my students are unemployed right now, some because their work is seasonal, some because of this lousy economy.  Probably the only benefit to being unemployed is the ability to be more a part of your child’s life. I’ve been encouraging families to take advantage of this down time and spend time with me in the classroom.

The first week back in school after Christmas, I had a shy mom come into the classroom, her eyes seeking reassurance.  I smiled and invited her to make herself comfortable.  Most parent helpers like to tag along with their own child engaging in their play scenarios.

Marie started out that way, playing in the kitchen area with her daughter.  But I noticed she found ways to support other children too, counting at the whiteboard, modeling how to draw a snowman, joining a table full of children at lunch time. 

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9 responses to “it only takes a spark

  1. Juliann says:

    There is nothing like have parents in the classroom to communicate the work our kids are doing.

  2. Tam says:

    What a great idea on your part. When I was home with my kids, I always waited to be invited to the classroom. It just takes a little nudge sometimes to get some people started to do something bigger. I eventually became a room mother and went back to teaching again later.

  3. elsie says:

    I’m sure it is special for your students to have their parents welcomed into the classroom.

  4. Linda Baie says:

    What a lovely idea to invite those parents into the classroom. They can find out what their own child is doing, plus you get an extra assistant. I like seeing the pictures too, of what things look like your way. Thanks!

  5. Stacey says:

    Inviting parents into the classroom is a win-win for everyone. It sounds like you, Marie, and the kids have really benefited from her presence.

  6. What a great place for a mom 🙂 I’m thinking about her story and the stories of your other moms and dads…
    Bonnie

  7. How awesome for you, for Mom, for the kids. A moment you all will never forget. How wonderful that you open your classroom door!

  8. Donna Smith says:

    Many parents are so ill at ease at school, having bad experiences as a child. We tend to forget, since we are in it every day and coming from a different perspective. It is always nice to be able to raise the comfort level of a parent in the school setting.

  9. What a beautiful post! Families are so important in early childhood education. Your approach – welcoming them into the classroom – is magical for all. Families see their child “at work;” children see that school is important to their family (Mom came with me today!); the teacher gets insight into the family dynamic; the community is strengthened as families feel included and welcomed at school. I particularly like how you cultivate the positive possibilities in the hard reality of unemployment – time with one’s child.

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