How To Make a Parent Board for a Preschool Classroom

Making a parent board for a preschool classroom is important in getting the parents updated with current activities of their kids. Making one is fairly easy to do and you can freely design it based on the current season and upcoming activities. If you want to post a parent board for your preschool classroom, here are the things you need to do.

Look for a great location. The parent board should be in a location that is easily seen and accessible by parents. If you can put it in an area closest to the door, the better, since parents can read the contents while waiting. The height of the board should also be within eye-level of the parents.

Prepare the materials. If your school already has a parent board set up, you just need to prepare different colored construction paper. If it’s not available, make a parent board frame out of thin wood. Consult with the school administrator first to find out the size requirement for parent boards. Ask for help in setting up the wooden frame. You can either leave it as it is or paint the wooden frame.

Aside from the initial board covering, you’ll need to prepare eye-catching decorations, glue or paste, scissors, the artworks or forms that you’ll post in the board, and the “Parent Board” title.

Add the board title. The title should be easily read and seen by parents. You can write or stencil the title yourself, but don’t use special scripts that aren’t easily recognizable. If you print it out, make the letters larger. The title should be seen even at a far distance so that parents will know that it’s for them.

Design the parent board. Prepare a template on how you want the design to look like. Identify the pattern you want to place around the board and layout the information that you’ll put on the board. You can make a customized folder out of construction paper to encourage parents and students to give their input.

Put in the materials. Set up the materials afterwards. Staple the inner board covering. Make sure that the color can capture the parents’ attentions but won’t look awkward when the designs are added. If you can, do the bulletin board after class so the kids don’t accidentally mess up the designs or touch wet paint.

When adding in the parent board materials, don’t overdo it. Don’t clutter it with too much information that will make the parents ignore the content. In addition, refrain from posting negative comments and information about children. Talk to the parents about these issues in private.

Once you have the parent board set-up, don’t forget to make the necessary updates every once in a while. If you can, try to post the kids’ work on the board periodically and fill it with important information like newsletter, forms and other important pieces of information. Also, don’t fail to remind the parents that there is a parent board that they should check for questions and upcoming events.


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