It’s often been said that, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care!”  That is particularly true with children and their parents!  Here are some great ideas to help your children get to know you and for you to get to know their families.


Make a brochure about yourself, your school, and fun activities you have planned for the year and mail it to the children before school begins (or just give it to them the first day).  To make a brochure, fold a sheet of paper into thirds.  On the front section write “Welcome to your name’s Classroom!”  On the left section place a picture of yourself and write some personal information about your family, pets, experience, etc.  On the inside write “We’ll have a great year together…learning to read, experimenting in science, learning math, working on the computer, cooking, taking field trips, singing, creating in art,” and so forth.

Paper Doll Teacher
Here’s something fun to make for your door to welcome the students.  Lay on a large sheet of butcher paper and ask a friend to trace around your body.  (You’ve probably done this to your children before.)  Color yourself and cut yourself out.  (Go ahead and take off a few inches if you want to!)  Tape this on the door, and then make the following labels and attach them to the different body parts.  “A head full of great ideas,” “A mouth to sing you songs and read you stories,” “Arms for hugging,” “Hands to help your learn new things,” “Pockets to hold surprises,” “Play shoes for outdoor fun,” and “A heart full of love for you!” 

All About Me
Make a book about yourself to read to the children the first day of school.  Include a photograph of yourself as a child, family photos, pictures of pets, favorite foods, hobbies, why you enjoy teaching, etc.  Let one child take the book home each evening to share with their families.  (What a simple way to build a partnership with your parents!)

Hint!  You might even ask each parent to make a similar book about his child to place in your classroom library.

You could also make a poster about yourself and things that are important to you.  Start each day by letting the children ask YOU a question about one of the pictures.  You could then ask each family to make a poster about their child.



Say “Yes!”
Go to your principal before school starts and ask her to say, “Yes!” when you ask her a question.  Then ask your principal to give you the best and brightest children in your room this year.  (To which the principal will reply, “Yes!”)  On the first day say, “I asked the principal to give me the best and brightest children this year.  And here you are!”  Throughout the school year remind them that they are the best and the brightest and they will live up to your expectations!

One teacher told me that she tells her class, “You are lucky to be in my room because I’m the best teacher in the school.  But don’t let the other kids know or they’ll be jealous!”  LOL


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