Open house is your time to shine with your students' parents. You are inviting them into your classroom, so of course you want to be the hostess with the mostess!
Planning a success and memorable open house doesn't have to be difficult. With these fun ideas, you'll make your students and their families feel right at home and excited to be a part of your class!
Let's start with some logistics...
1. Create an info sheet (like below) that parents can take home with them with all the important information that they may need throughout the year!
3. Have parents fill out a self-addressed envelop for you to send home a thank-you note for coming to open house. You can include positive notes about what you have noticed about their child so far this school year.
4. We all know how crazy life can get once the school year gets rolling, right? Homework is not just a responsibility for students, but parents can also feel the pressure to make sure their child has completed everything for the next day. Sometimes there are those nights that it is hard for your students to complete their homework, for whatever reason. Give you students and their families a FREE HOMEWORK PASS to use on those crazy hectic school nights. My friend, Mary Beth from Brain Waves Instruction has a free pass already made up for you. You can grab it here. Parents will love ya :)
Now for some fun open house stuff...
5. Open house is one of the only times when parents and students will be together in your classroom at the same time. I love the idea of having a photo booth available for your parents and students to snap a few pics. Create a simple photo booth using butch paper, decorations, and fun props. When families arrive, have them visit the photo booth. You can provide a school camera or tablet so that you can have copies of all the pictures. Families can take turns taking pics of each other. Display these pictures throughout your classroom to make it feel home-y.
7. Have parents complete a survey about their child. This can be really eye opening as you learn about your student through their parents' eyes. Parents can share important things that they want you to know so that you can be sensitive to any issues that you may be unaware of. Want a free survey? I like this one.
8. Have your students and parents go on a scavenger hunt around your classroom! This is a great way for parents to get to know your classroom while your students can show it off! Create an easy check list for families to complete to make sure they visit and see all the important parts of your classroom.
What do you include at your open house?
Other posts in this series:
Creating the Classroom of Your Dreams
Planning Procedures and Routines
Back to School Activities for Every Grade
DIY Classroom Projects (Even if you HATE DIY)
Launching Reader's Workshop
Launching Writer's Workshop
The Ultimate Back to School Shopping List
Ways to Connect With Parents
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