Communicating with families is often the most difficult and overwhelming part of teaching. There's no handbook for teachers to use to improve communication with parents, but we know how valuable positive home-school relationships are to student success. Developing these relationships makes dealing with behavior and academic concerns much easier. This list is a few of the strategies to use to improve communication with parents and families that I found to be most effective in my kindergarten classroom.
1. Make a positive phone call home.
Try to make phone calls in the first 2 weeks of getting to know students. Already halfway into the school year? It’s not too late to pick up the phone! Start the conversation by checking in to see how your student is doing at home. Give parents an opportunity to tell you about their child (this can be eye-opening!). Make sure to keep it positive (even when the positive comment is “Billy is very energetic!”). Tell them something that makes their student special. This 2-minute phone call will go a long way in forging a lasting relationship with your students’ families.
Keep glow notes on hand ready to send home so you don't have to search for a note or print one each time you need it. You'll be amazed at how impactful a small note can be. These notes will go a long way to improve communication with parents and developing positive relationships with families. I use these glow & grow notes for quick notes to parents and I use these teacher notes to send notes home to students. You can also get a set of glow and grow notes FREE when you join my email list here.
Use reminder stickers or labels in planners or on students’ shirts for quick communication. Young students love stickers and this will help parents by giving gentle reminders about upcoming events. You can grab my reminder sticker freebie here.
What other tips do you have for teachers to improve communication with parents?