Start of Year Home Visits

I had a pre-school teacher who would make house-visits to every family in her class at the start of each school year.

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I had a pre-school teacher who would make house-visits to every family in her class at the start of each school year. My mom described it as incredibly meaningful to have her child's teacher take the time out of her evening to make house calls in the first month of school. 

The meeting was used to get to know the family, ask about any special needs the child had, and generally connect with the child more closely. It was also a great opportunity to break the ice between parent and teacher, and led to many parents feeling comfortable reaching out to the teacher throughout the year. 

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Yes! As parents, we experienced this once - as our oldest son Malcolm entered Kindergarten. I hadn't anticipated how meaningful it would be to me to share my hopes and dreams, my fears and doubts, with his teacher.

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I like this. At my current school, we have grade level picnics, which although they aren't the same as getting the sense of each student through where they live, also provide an opportunity to break the ice in low key way. Each grade has its own picnic, families are invited to come, and teachers are introduced with time for low key socialization.

At my previous school, my colleague and I did a BBQ the weekend before school started and invited our classes. Again, a low key way to meet the families and students. We had talked about visiting our students in their homes but had gotten some pushback from the parents feeling uncomfortable with that idea & so the BBQ was our solution. We held it on campus so it was easy to get to (most of our families walked to school) and was a familiar location.