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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Volunteering without the tears!

This year I was determined to make it easier for parents, the kiddos (AND ME) to have volunteers in the room. In the past, there have been many distractions... I end up getting interuptted during small group reading, the kids get restless because they aren't focused, the volunteer wants to talk about things other than volunteering...So this year I made it much easier!
I have these sterilite drawers- each is labeled with the names of the volunteer. The top folder is work that needs to be completed or corrected.. That folder always has to be checked first.
Inside of the drawers, I have folders for some of my lower students and I have an unusual amount of low fine motor this year- so there is a lot of handwriting practice!
I made these cute little packets that are in the folders. The parent takes a child or two out along with her caddy and a timer and they are usually gone for 20 mins or so. It has been working out wonderfully so far!

Each drawer has a caddy with sharpened pencils, erasers, pens, and stickers for the incentive chart that is on each child's folder.
I know there are other great ways to streamline the parent volunteer process... I would love to hear other ideas!


  1. Just wondering what are the cute packets in the folders? Are they copies to practice penmanship?

  2. Laura-
    Yes, I taught K and had some great handwriting practice- that has a guide (script with rhymes) for the parent to read and practice with them. The last two years went well with handwriting, but I have 6 out of my 19 who really, really struggle.

  3. Also, sometimes I will put a center from the previous week, so that she can reinforce whatever the skill was. The best part is- she comes, she helps, she goes (that sounds ugly) but I hope you know what I mean:)

  4. This is awesome! I have a volunteer that comes once a week and I always forget she's coming until she gets there... I could really use this to get things ready! Thanks for the good idea. :)

    Marvelous Multiagers!


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