Oh, the joy of having a three day weekend in front of me. THE JOY. I tried to sleep in this morning, but it didn’t happen. I don’t get it. I had the black out shades, the eye mask, the sound machine,
the wine the night before, the chamomile tea . . . and I woke up early. Wide eyed and bushy tailed. Although I don’t have a tail. Baby got back, and all that, but no tail.
I’m working on my parent volunteer schedule this morning and that’s about it. Then I’m footloose and fancy free! (Footloose is in my top five fave movies, if you didn’t know. I think you know because I tell you everything, but I thought I’d remind you. The original, of course. Where two boys out in the middle of nowhere play chicken with TRACTORS, not school buses. I mean, really.)
Do you get lots of parent volunteers?
Gobs of them.
Swarms of them.
Millions of them.
I firmly believe that they come out of the woodwork in the beginning under the pretense of SPYING on ME. “Does she yell?” they wonder. “Does she smile?” they wonder. “Does she take naps?” they wonder.
And then once they figure out that I’m actually teaching curriculum and stuff, and that I don’t yell (unless a story or Junie B. calls for it), and that I do smile, and that napping only occasionally happens, they begin to have other pressing matters that take them away from the classroom. Lunching. Shopping. Reading. Wearing Pajamas. The gym. You know. Activities usually referred to as my longings for summer vacation. Well, not The Gym and more so My Bed, but you get the idea.
One of my friends just sent me an email that she doesn’t know what to do with all of her mommies. She’s new to first grade and is a bit overwhelmed by all the mommies. Especially the ones who move BEHAVIOR CLIPS when she was at a training and had a sub.
So, I gave her a few of my ideas that seem to work the best for me.
For example, no Monday volunteers. Ever.
Hello??? It’s Monday. Enough said.
Second, no afternoon volunteers. Our team sort of, kind of, lovingly refers to our kids as gremlins in the afternoon. The rascally sort of gremlins that you’re not supposed to feed after midnight, but if you do, look out. That’s what we’re referring to. Something happens. This phenomenon could be because our kinder program is still half day at my school so our first graders are not used to the long afternoon. Or it could be because their teachers have just come down from the high of summer vacation and they’re not used to the long afternoon. Either way, something happens and a parent volunteer does not need to see it, that’s for sure.
I have a lot of opportunities for parents to volunteer even though they’re not allowed in on Mondays or any afternoon. Truly.
I have Parent Readers Tuesdays through Thursdays. I usually have one each day, but this year I have enough volunteers that I have two scheduled for each day. If you run into a serious problem, you could then rotate the volunteers on a monthly schedule.
These parents listen to kids read. I know. Genius.
And because I’m usually singing, dancing, and working on my stand-up routine, I have them sit outside the door so they’re not distracted. Keep that in mind. OUTSIDE THE DOOR.
I also have one Acclerated Reader mom Tuesdays through Thursdays. They help kids log onto the computer, find their test, etc. That’s obviously an INSIDE job.
And then I have a Friday homework helper and a Library helper. And miscellaneous jobs to do at home . . . blah, blah, blah.
Initially, this year, I had way too many sign ups for AR. And not enough for Parent Readers. So I sent out an email asking for some parents to jump from one ship to another.
Yes, yes, yes, sure, no problem, whatever you need, I’m at your disposal were most of the responses.
Except for one.
That one said she wanted to be IN THE CLASSROOM (not banished to right-outside-the-door to help struggling readers – no.) so that she could WATCH HER SON.
Okay. That’s a new one.
At least she didn’t say she wanted to watch ME.
I have to give it up to her for her honesty.
So do you have lots of parent volunteers?? How do you handle them?
PS Big Brother fans — I do think Dan is a genius, but I’m so sad that Britney is gone. I love that chick. She cracks me up!!!! I don’t know who I’m rooting for now.