One preschool child is a handful: can you just imagine how it is like to handle 10 to 15 of them in one room, all at one time? Yes, that’s exactly what a regular day is for a preschool teacher. That’s why many preschool programs are very open to accepting parent or guardian volunteers in order to win some assistance in the classroom. If you are a parent of a kindergartener and you’re interested in volunteering some of your time to help out in his class, here are some tips and guidelines to help you out:
- Find out the regulations of the school. Though most preschools would welcome volunteers, there are some who are strict about only letting the teacher and one or two teacher’s aides to facilitate the kindergartener’s learning experiences. There are good reasons for this, such as they might be concerned that volunteers might show obvious partiality towards their own children, or that there might be some conflict between the teacher and the volunteers. Find out the specific policies of your own preschooler’s program.
Do know, however, that as most progressive schools nowadays realize the importance and value of working with the parents in order to best bring out the full potential of every child, they would allow parents to come volunteer at least during specific days in the week or during special occasions.
- Sign up for a regular time for volunteering. So that the teacher will be able to expect the time and days that you would be available to assist in classroom activities, as much as possible, keep to a regular schedule. Remember that routines and regularity is very important specially in the preschool level, and any disruptions to the schedule might prove to be an inconvenience.
- Know some guidelines for proper behavior while volunteering. When you volunteer in the classroom, it’s good if you know yourself to have a lot of patience and fondness for children. That’s because kids in the classroom could become rather messy and noisy, and it won’t be good for you to suddenly yell at them in the middle of the class. You could prepare yourself for volunteering by researching during your spare time about fundamental aspects of teaching and dealing with children.
- Know your limitations. Remember, the teacher is the authority in the classroom, and they are specially trained to teach, handle and discipline kids. If for some reason you don’t agree with the way the teacher handled a classroom situation, feel free to talk with her about it – but after the class.
Remember, volunteering entails a lot of responsibility, but this doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be fun at the same time! Volunteering at your child’s preschool classroom will benefit you in that you will be able to see your child from a different perspective. You would also feel a sense of fulfillment at being able to contribute even more towards the proper rearing of your child. Plus, getting to know more about the classroom environment that he is exposed to will help you extend your child’s learning even to your home, in a way that is parallel and complementary to his classroom experiences.
Good luck, and hope this helped.