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Volunteering in the Kindergarten Classroom

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Updated on Aug 6, 2013

3. When you help, be prompt and reliable. For all their sweet calm when things are going well, kindergarten kids can get quite fussy when schedules don’t work. Teachers really appreciate your promptness—even five minutes can make a big difference for a short-fused kinder kid. Similarly, adds Barksdale, “if you need to change your schedule, everyone will understand, but do try to give the teacher as much advanced warning as possible.“

4. Don’t worry about disciplining kids. “Of course, we never want any child to be rude or anything,” says Barksdale. “But it will happen sometimes.” This is not because of parents, she is quick to add, but because kids are kids. Don’t worry about settling an argument between students yourself, or calling other parents; just tell the teacher promptly and discreetly, and she’ll handle it.

Want to help out, but don't have a lot of time on your hands? A little can go a long way. The benefits of even a few hours of volunteering to help your teacher, says Barksdale, are immense. Don't allow the fact that you can't make a weekly commitment keep you from getting involved.

Aside from the benefit to the school, participation has other rewards, says Domene. Volunteering gives you a unique opportunity to understand your child’s evolving education. “My personal philosophy on this started 32 years ago when my oldest child started kindergarten,” she says. “I will never allow a stranger to educate my child.” If you volunteer, she says, you won't have to. You'll develop a strong relationship with the person who teaches your kids, and when issues or concerns arise, you'll have a partner to help you solve them.

To be successful in school, kids need strong teachers. And volunteering helps, plain and simple. Starting in kindergarten, Domene counsels, “you need to support that teacher and develop a really healthy relationship.” After all, she says, “This is your child’s future. You only have 13 years before they graduate. It’s not a lot.” So, kindergarten parents, there’s no time like the present. Go ahead and jump in!

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