Back to School Night is an opportunity to welcome students and their families into the classroom to see what goes on firsthand. Creating an evening of new friendships, educational endeavors, and future goals for the year is an exciting way to get everyone involved with? preschool instruction. By holding an event that captures what your preschool is all about, a connection is made between learning at home and learning in school. Education is best absorbed when teachers and parents are able to reinforce each other. The best way to do this is to create a union of trust and commitment through understanding.
Back to School Night Idea for Preschool
Getting Started: Planning out the 5 W’s.
Why: To welcome students and families to the new school year.
When: Usually a week or two after school starts on the evening of a weekday.
Where: Meet up in the classroom.
Who: Invite students and parents or guardians.
What: Provide an opportunity for parents to experience a typical preschool day.
Setting up: Decorations.
Keep decorations simple. Although you want to create a fun and inviting atmosphere, you do not want to take away from the actual classroom. Have a welcoming table in the lobby or as soon as you walk into the class, if space allows. Have a few balloons and blank nametags for everyone to fill out and wear, including you!
Waiting: Keep families engaged while everyone arrives.
Encourage children to show parents around their new classroom. Projects and crafts from previous school days should already be hanging and on display. This will give parents an opportunity to see what their child has been working on and share in their excitement. Parents and students also have the chance to mingle with other young learners and their families, encouraging new friendships.
Welcoming: A short introduction.
All the preschoolers and some parents already know who you are, so there is no need to talk about yourself in length. After introducing yourself, welcome families to the classroom and let everyone know how excited you are for this new school year. Begin with an overall summary of daily routines, schedules, and activities. Explain, in short, future plans, goals and expectations. Finally, conclude with a transition into how children spend their day.
Exploring: A day in the life of a preschooler.
Take parents on a journey through the eyes of their toddler. Act as if they are the students, and move parents along as you would their children. Students will be excited to help with this part of the night as they or you? lead their parents around to their personal cubbies, circle time parking spots, individual napping mats, and their favorite place at the learning table.
Wrapping it up: Concluding the evening.
Thank everyone for coming. Hand out flyers or pamphlets that include everything you have already gone over tonight, but provide more detail. Include rules and regulations of the classroom, what’s expected of the students, and how misbehavior will be handled. Attach a school year calendar that provides information about upcoming school events, trips, and activities. Provide a volunteer form for parents to return if they are interested in volunteering during the year. Additionally, include your contact information: phone number and email.
Questions: Offer up a short Q&A session
Finally, see if parents or students have any questions. Try to focus on general inquiries that relate to preschool classroom and student body as a whole. Suggest that questions concerning a particular student’s needs or progress can be answered either after the event, through email or phone at a later date, or on a day of a parent/teacher conference.