Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Back to School Night - Open House!!


     I seriously cannot believe that school has already started and that I've been in session now for 4 days!  My class is great - I'm loving getting to know all of them :)  I have pictures of my class ready to go and I had hoped to get a blog post of revealing it all to you but I haven't done that yet.  Soon though!  I promise :)  First, I wanted to take a minute and tell ya how open house went!



 I only have 19 kids (I'll be getting a few more in a few weeks).  Out of those 19 I had 15 families show up!  Not bad at all :)  I'm very impressed and happy I got to meet and talk to all of those families.  I was able to answer a lot of questions and everyone seemed to be on board with everything that I have going on in the room so I'm hoping its a smooth year!  So here's how I run my b2s night:


I first have the parents sign in and take a scavenger hunt paper.  I don't like being bombarded with parents and questions, I want them to explore the room first and then come to me at the end of the hunt. Here's a close look at the scavenger hunt:


Basically I have the kids take the parents to different 'stations' around the room.  I have them show off their desks, explain our behavior system, sign up for parent/teacher conferences, grab some important info - the usual B2S things :)  

On the desks, I have a few important things for the parents:  A mint to say thank you, a beginning of the year data packet, a printed copy of the powerpoint presentation I go through during open house, a business card, and log in information for a website our school has access to.  


Here's a close up of the data packet.  Before open house, I try to collect as much data on the students as possible to give to the parents.  I feel that letting them know up front where their child stands is important.  I give a fluency test, cold read comprehension test, sight word test, and a fact test (addition to start with).  Then I type of a letter explaining each one and what the 'norms' are for the grade.  This way parents can easily compare where their child is to where they should be right now.


Parent enjoy getting this information and then when it comes to conferences in the fall, there are no 'surprises' if a child is behind :)  

Another stop on the scavenger hunt is my 'giving tree'.  Don't laugh - I totally made this like 6 years ago so it's been through the ringer - but I still love it :)


I saw a few parents walk away with some apples so hopefully our class will be getting some extra supplies soon :)  

The newest stop this year on the hunt was the Take and Play station.  (Please note, this was NOT my original idea.  I saw it posted by another blogger on while on my cell and I snapshot a pic on my phone and have not been able to find who the original post-er was).  


This table has a lot going on.  Turn in trays for the parent forms, parent/teacher conference sign ups, a "How to help your child at home" reading paper and then the big one - the Practicing at Home board.  I made this last night and am super excited to have it and use it each year.  I plan to put it back out at conferences to parents can replenish if needed.  Basically it has 7 different games on it.  There's a small note to the parents on it that explains that these games will help enforce skills they will be learning here at school.  There are 4 math games, 2 reading and 1 writing.  Below are the links to all of the products/games I used to put this together.  Let me know if you have any questions about it!  :)

The 2 reading games are:  


Dice Games - Reading & Language Arts (Freebie!) by Common Core and So Much More!

The writing game is:

Roll & Write (Freebie) by Where the Wild Things Learn

The math games came from:

Fun with Math - 14 No Prep Math Games - from Little Schoolhouse on the Prarie


Here's a closer look:


I got a lot of great feedback about it from the parents.  I even had a small container of dice and paperclips for them to take so they had them at home to play the games.  I love knowing I can help them in any way I can :)  

Finally, here's the ppt/pdf I use when I present.  It basically tells all about my policies and classroom.  Click on the photo to check it out!


Whew!  It was quite a night.  I ran out that door once my last parent left.  I had to get home to these adorable ones!  I missed them way too much in the last few days :)


AHH!!  LOVE them :)  I'd love to hear about your back to school night!!!  Make sure to leave a comment :)  I love hearing from my readers!  



7 comments:

  1. Love the practice board. I am going to make one tomorrow! Our open house is days before students start. Thanks for the tis and links!

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  2. Love the data you had ready for parents at open house!

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  3. Wow! Thank you so much for sharing all of the things you do at Open House. I'm sure the parents of your students feel lucky to have you as their child's teacher. You saved me a bunch of work and inspired some new ideas! Thanks again. Julie

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