Open House and More

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Hello! I'm  linking up for the first time with the talented group of bloggers called the Weekend Warriors!
If you haven't checked out this link up before, it's a group of talented bloging teachers that shares tips and advice at the end of the month.

This month, we are bringing you Open House tips and More! 
I was so excited about this post because I'm moving to a new school in the fall and I'm most likely going to be needing some ideas for open house.  I'm looking forward to picking up some ideas from you all!

Here are some ideas that might help you for Open House or Meet the Teacher Night:

1. Prepare a PowerPoint presentation with all the most important information for your classroom such as: 
  • Classroom Expectations
  • Classroom Management Procedures
  • Homework Policy
  • Birthday Parties
  • Contact Info
  • How often newsletters go out
  • End of the year goals
2. Have your parents fill out a form with:
  • Contact Information
  • Emergency Contacts 
  • Allergies
  • Major likes/dislikes for the child
  • Any information parents would like to share with the teacher (this one can contain some very important information for you).
3. Show off your students' work: (Since I don't have open house, I display these around conference time to make sure all parents see our special projects. These dates align with our the science fair and usually some other type of parent meeting.)

I put up some of my most personal projects to display.  When possible show off projects with their child's picture.  Parents love personal touches like that!

Here a couple projects I display around this time of the year:

Parents love both these projects because they show case their child.   My students loved showing them off to their parents!

4. Now that you have all your parents in your classroom, it's the perfect time to gently ask for some donations.  Not sure how to do so?  Well, I've found the cutest way from the Pinspired Teacher.  I saw this originally on her Instagram many months ago and wanted to give it a try.  Check out her idea below:
The requests are on the cupcakes and those cupcakes are placed on the stand.  The parents can stop by the cupcake stand and pick out an item or two that they would like to donate.  I am loving this creative idea!

Do you have Open House at your school? If so, what do you do to get ready? Please link up and share your tips and ideas!



10 comments

  1. I'd like to know more about your silhouette project! How did you create their silhouettes? Is the template for the autobiography for sale on TPT?
    Thanks!
    - Kat @ The Spunky Teaching Monkey

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    1. Thank you Kathryn! The silhouette file is in my TpT store and includes a video tutorial as well as editable forms :) Thank you for stopping by!
      Maribel

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  2. I love your idea of writing about their favorite book and putting a picture of them holding the cover. It is priceless. I am sure the parents just can't get enough. I am so glad you linked up with us and shared all your fabulous ideas.

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    1. Thank you! I love the ideas you shared as well!!

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  3. I love our ideas! Showcasing student work for conferences is genius! I especially love the favorite book display. And that cupcake donation display? Love it! Too cute! Thank you so much for joining WW and linking up to share your awesome ideas!

    Aimee
    Primarily Speaking

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    1. Thank you Aimee! I'm so excited to be part of the WW crew :-)

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  4. Those silhouettes are adorable!!! I am totally pinning that for next year! Love your sweet wishlist, too!!

    Slainte,
    ☘ Molly
    Lucky to Be in First

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    1. Thank you Molly! I'm loving the ideas you shared with us as well!

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  5. I just Pinned away here today! Thank you for all of these amazing ideas for open house. I bet your parents absolutely loved all of it! I'm so glad you have joined the WW ! Good luck with the move to the new school!

    Jeannine
    Creative Lesson Cafe

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    1. Thank you Jeannine! I pinned your ideas and am saving them for next year! I can't get over those pizza boxes! Thanks to this link up, I'm really looking forward to having an open house night next year :-)

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