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5 Tips for Establishing Strong Parent-Teacher Relationships

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Building a strong relationship with parents is one of the most important steps a teacher can take towards establishing a productive and rewarding school year.  As a teacher and a parent, I have learned to appreciate the value of a strong home–school relationship and the positive impact it can have on a child’s educational experience.  Below are just a few tips for simple things you can do to help build a relationship with parents.

1)     Daily Classroom Updates – A quick email to parents at the end of the day can be one of your most powerful tools for getting families involved.  In your email, highlight the major accomplishments of the day, new concepts learned, and maybe some areas that may need some extra attention at home.  Include a few questions about the day parents might ask.  Don’t make the questions too difficult.  Your goal should be to generate conversations at home, not frustration.

2)     Weekly Newsletter – If a daily email sounds too ambitious (It’s actually easy, I promise!), or if you try to spend as little time behind a computer as possible, a weekly newsletter (printed or digital) is a great tool for keeping parents updated and informed.  Similar to daily email updates, a weekly newsletter can include an overview of what’s being covered in class, follow-up questions for parents, and any relevant news (such as important dates, upcoming events, etc.).

3)     Be a Strong Communicator – During the first few weeks of school, request as much contact information as you feel you need.  I recommend collecting at least two phone numbers, a mailing address, and an email address from each family.  In return, make sure to share your contact information as well, including times when parents can drop in unannounced, or an email address where they can expect a quick response.  (Check your email daily!  Before school and early evening are optimal times.)

4)     Use the Contact Information! – Now that you have phone numbers and email addresses, reach out and get to know the parents.  Do your best to learn their names and faces.  During your first contact with the parents, share something positive about their child.  It’s amazing how powerful a two-minute call can be.

5)     Invite Parents into the Classroom – Make parents feel welcome by inviting them to volunteer in the classroom or participate in special events.  Additionally, give parents an opportunity to voice their input and help be a part of classroom decisions.

This is far from a complete list, but implementing even a few of these tips early in the school year should help to foster a stronger parent-teacher relationship. Find more teacher management resources here.

3 Classroom Behavior Management Tools for Success

Erin here, from Creating & Teaching! Today I’m going to share some classroom behavior management tools and strategies for success that I use in my classroom. Don’t worry, these behavior strategies don’t have anything to do with a color clip chart.

I use a color clip chart in my classroom and I went one year without one, then it came back, but there is so much more to management than a simple clip! I know, you’re a teaching pro—you don’t need me to tell you that! BUT, I hope that I can share some new ideas and strategies with you.

1.     Use Footprint Guidelines to Establish Boundaries

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One of my most favorite ideas that I started a few months into my first year teaching is taping down footprint accents to the floor at the sink. Most likely you’re anxiety levels are slightly elevated just like mine and most likely you want your students to have great sensory experiences in pre-k, so you let them finger paint. Then the moment comes when they have to wash their hands. You’re sweating bullets hoping no one decides to give a “love tap” to the person in front of them to hurry up. That’s where the footprint accents come in.

By taping the footprint accents down in front of the sink you give your students behavior management guideline and boundaries while they wait. They know where they need to be. Not too close to the person in front of them and not standing next to the person who currently is using the sink. For my classroom, three sets are the magic number. Maybe your number is four, or five.  Footprint set one will typically need to be replaced about half way through the school year. Then a little before the end of the year, maybe set number two. Set number three always makes it to the end—for me.

2.     Spot Markers with Student Names are Ideal for Lining Up

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Up next are spot markers. Most commonly found amongst your P.E. teachers or hanging out in your gym, but these babies are more than welcome in my classroom!

I add each student’s name and I use spot markers for lining up. If you don’t have spot markers you can easily use circle accents and add double sided tape on the bottom. Now, I teach a small class size of special needs pre-schoolers so I’m not dropping (and then later picking up) 20+ spot markers every time we leave the room. At max, I’m probably picking up 8. Again, these have the same purpose as the feet. They provide boundaries. The students know where they are supposed to be while they are waiting for the rest of their friends to line up. I discussed a little more in detail our line-up procedures over on my blog, {here}.

3.     Sand Timers are Perfect for a Smooth, Quiet Transition, without Alarming Students

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And last but not least, sand timers. I know you’re thinking—“Lady, do you live under a rock? Those things are digital now!” That is true. I use digital timers a lot, even the ones that only vibrate. However, I also have students who get alarmed pick up on the sound of the vibrating timers. There are times when I don’t want the students to hear the timer. Only I, or my classroom paras need to know when time is up. That is why I love sand timers to help with time and behavior management. They are perfect for just that! This particular one is jumbo in size and is for 1 minute. I splurged on this big one, but quickly realized I needed more of them in other time increments.

Do you use any of these classroom behavior management tools in your own classroom? Or have similar ideas we all need to hear about? Leave a comment; I’d love to stop back by to read your ideas! If you want to stay up to date with MY classroom ideas, don’t forget to follow my blog, Creating & Teaching.

Good Behavior Rewards Cards

Good Behavior Rewards Cards
Need a way to reward good behavior in the classroom? Use a rectangular accent piece or thick card stock to make a rewards card for each student. Write each student’s name in the middle of the rewards card and use a hole puncher to give hole punches to students when they are demonstrating good behavior. Keep the rewards card in a visible place on the student’s desk. This way, you can check to make sure that you are not missing a student or unfairly giving one student too many punches on his or her card. Randomly reward good behaviors such as the following:

-Completing work assignments
-Following instructions well
-Studying with another student
-Attention to task
-Helping another student
-Showing kindness to fellow students

Set a time limit on the card’s use, such as a new good behavior reward card every two weeks or so. You will find that students will count the number of holes they have earned. This makes the card a constant reinforcer of good behavior. If you are a preschool on kindergarten teacher, have students thread a string around all the holes when their rewards card is full. Threading is a great way to strengthen fine motor skills.

Have a special reward or treat when each student has earned a set number of hole punches. Students must know they are working to attain a goal.

How Do We Go Home Bulletin Board

Hi all! Jennifer here from Kinderama. Back to school is just around the corner so I picked up some classroom supplies at a dollar store for my kindergarten classroom. The colors of these supplies and decorations this summer are perfect for any classroom. I put together a “How Do We Get Home” Bulletin Board with some decorations from Teacher Created Resources. My favorite is the Ribbon Runners! They are double-sided and have so many uses.

Here are the decorations and supplies I used to create the bulletin board. I picked up the magnetic containers, floral foam, and popsicle sticks from a dollar store.

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Zebra Colorful Circles Accents
Zebra Colorful Circles Mini Accents
Lime Chevron Straight Border Trim
Zebra Chevron Dot Ribbon Runner
Big Bold Black & White Circle Letters
Magnetic Containers
Floral Foam
Popsicle Sticks

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This project was quick and easy! I chose to create a bulletin board, but the containers are magnetic so you could use them on your whiteboard or classroom door if they are magnetic.  The floral foam is great to use when you want the item to stay in place, I will be using it to hold the popsicle sticks in place.


1) Apply the ribbon runner to the containers. You could use either side which is so perfect! I laminated mine so that they were durable and I could reuse them. I used glue dots and double-sided tape to secure.

2) Next, create the circles using the large Zebra Accents and Circle Letters. I used letters to represent how students get home: W-walker, P-pickup, A-After School Program, and B-bus. I am always finding ways to work on sounds, and this is the perfect way to end the day with a little sound review. Students are always excused by the teacher in these small groups, one group at a time. After you put the circles together, adhere them to the front of the container.

3) Cut the floral foam circle in fourths and place one piece in each container. This will help to hold the popsicle/craft sticks in place.

4) Then create the bulletin board by adding border trim and ribbon runners around the edges and spell out “How Do We Get Home” in Circle Letters.

5) After the bulletin is all setup it is time to staple on the holders, add some tissue paper, and add the popsicle sticks with students names and how they get home.

I can’t wait to receive my class list and writing names. I will coordinate the small accent circles to coordinate with the large accent circles. I created this bulletin board because at the end of the day in Kindergarten, ensuring that all students get to the right place can be pretty hectic.

I have tried using a poster with labels, a list on a clipboard, and a clip chart using clothes pins but none of those have worked for me. Parents often change the way students get home throughout the year. I wanted an easy way to change it if needed. Using the decorations and supplies, I created a bulletin board that will work for my classroom. I love how it turned out! It is located in the back of my classroom right above our cubbies and next to the door we exit from.

For more classroom decorating ideas, visit my blog KinderDrama.