Creating a parent board for your preschool classroom

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on July 19, 2010

in Professional Development

As you prepare for a new school year, you may be considering a parent board. Here are a few tips of what you might want to consider for your parent board.

Let me begin by saying that the most important things about a parent board are…

  1. Location: The parent board needs to be placed where it can easily be seen and accessed or your parents will easily overlook it. Keep in in a location where it is at parent’s eye level and within parent reach.
  2. Updates: If you want parents to actually look at the parent board then you have to be committed to keeping the parent board updated with the most recent information.
  3. Useful: You have to plan ahead and put things on the board that are useful to the parent like extra copies of newsletters, the menu, or field trip forms.
  4. Commitment: This may seem like an odd word choice but if you throw up a board and title it “Parent Board” but never think about it again, then parents will not get into the habit of looking at the board. You have to be committed to making the parent board a part of your communication strategy.
  5. Time: Take the time to remind your parents to view the parent board for the most recent updates but make sure you have taken the time to add those updates!

What you might include on the parent board….

A sign that clearly labels the board as a parent board!

A copy of your weekly menu

A copy of your class schedule

A list of students that are in your class

An overview of your weekly lesson plan

A place for the current newsletter, field trip, or other special announcements

A pocket folder with extra copies of fieldtrip forms or other parent notices that get lost in cubbies and backpacks!

Add a photo of yourself and include your name!

Be sure to keep your parent board attractive and well organized!

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1 Christie - Childhood 101 July 20, 2010 at 6:44 am

I think it helps to engage parents if you include recent photographs or ‘work’ samples involving the children on the parent board or immediately adjacent to it. Photocopying everyday documentation onto bright paper also helps to draw their attention to updates to the board.

I also used to include a small notebook and pen for those occasions when a parent wanted to make a note or leave me a message.

2 Deborah J. Stewart July 20, 2010 at 10:31 am

You always leave such great ideas here Christie – yes, photographs of children or work samples is definitely eye catching and interesting to parents:)

3 Teacher Kara July 20, 2010 at 10:59 am

Exactly what I needed to hear! I love the idea of having extra copies of handouts available.

4 Ms.Jessi July 20, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Thank you for this post Deborah- I feel it is one of the most important bulletin boards a class/school can have. I have mine right above our sign in/out table. I also use flyer stands to highlight field trips and other important events and place on the table.
I also liked Christie’s idea with the notepad. It can be hard to talk to each parent everyday. :)

5 Centers and Circle Time July 20, 2010 at 10:59 pm

Thanks for helping me re-think my parent board. I want to create a mailbox for myself on my parent board so my parents can drop in their notes, and I can respond at my earliest convenience. Very Cool:)

6 Deborah J. Stewart July 25, 2010 at 11:35 am

Sounds like a great way to make your board more interactive:)

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