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September 24, 2009

Building Relationships With Families Through After-School Event Nights

By Eric Antuna
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

    Now more than ever working with students' parents and families plays such an important role in a student's educational career. Often we find ourselves working with students and struggling to provide those necessary concepts for them to learn. Working with parents and families after school provides an invaluable opportunity to build a close relationship with families to make the education of their students a priority.



    Recently, another teacher, Amanda Gonzales and I worked on a family literacy night coupled with working in the school computer lab.  We conveniently called it "Taco Tuesday" (as it was Tuesday and we purchased meat, taco shells, and salsa to lure parents back to school). We simply wanted to work with parents, families, and students to work together in a family activity that they can do anytime where ever they are. We simply put together an activity that the families did with their students and ate a taco! It was a great experience for all that attended. Here's what we did:

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    1. Had an idea. We presented this idea to our principal and she approved it.

    2. We set a date and time and had a fabulous name! Feel free to use Taco Tuesday.

    3. We made a simple flyer that we sent to each student at school. (4 flyers to a page that were cut and distributed to teachers' boxes).

    4. We got the materials together. For this activity, we had a few sheets of words that would be cut out and put back together to make sentences. We got bags, scissors, and the packets together and let them at it (after their tacos, of course!)

    5. We arrived and the parents arrived, we served, explained, and they did.  

    6. We ended in the computer lab where students explained what they did during the school day.

    This was such a rewarding experience that we're going to be doing this weekly for the benefit of the students, parents, and families beginning next week (October 1).  

    Good luck with creating you own!

    Have a success story?  Please share!

    Thanks!

    Eric

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    Now more than ever working with students' parents and families plays such an important role in a student's educational career. Often we find ourselves working with students and struggling to provide those necessary concepts for them to learn. Working with parents and families after school provides an invaluable opportunity to build a close relationship with families to make the education of their students a priority.



    Recently, another teacher, Amanda Gonzales and I worked on a family literacy night coupled with working in the school computer lab.  We conveniently called it "Taco Tuesday" (as it was Tuesday and we purchased meat, taco shells, and salsa to lure parents back to school). We simply wanted to work with parents, families, and students to work together in a family activity that they can do anytime where ever they are. We simply put together an activity that the families did with their students and ate a taco! It was a great experience for all that attended. Here's what we did:

    IMG_0755



    1. Had an idea. We presented this idea to our principal and she approved it.

    2. We set a date and time and had a fabulous name! Feel free to use Taco Tuesday.

    3. We made a simple flyer that we sent to each student at school. (4 flyers to a page that were cut and distributed to teachers' boxes).

    4. We got the materials together. For this activity, we had a few sheets of words that would be cut out and put back together to make sentences. We got bags, scissors, and the packets together and let them at it (after their tacos, of course!)

    5. We arrived and the parents arrived, we served, explained, and they did.  

    6. We ended in the computer lab where students explained what they did during the school day.

    This was such a rewarding experience that we're going to be doing this weekly for the benefit of the students, parents, and families beginning next week (October 1).  

    Good luck with creating you own!

    Have a success story?  Please share!

    Thanks!

    Eric

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