Oh Valentine’s Day. The Holiday that is supposed to be about love, but is high on the list of hate for teachers all over the Nation. Teachers dread it- the parties, the food, the candy, the games, those cards…. managing all of that is enough to send teachers (who have probably just finished report cards… Continue reading 4 Ways to Make Valentine Parties Easy and Enjoyable for Everyone in the Classroom
As teachers, we want to make sure that we are creating a welcoming environment where parents feel at ease to contact us for any reason about their child. In most cases, we are not in contact with parents on a daily basis, and so establishing relationships and trust can be challenging. Teachers have many outlets… Continue reading 5 Ways to Boost Engagement Within Your Parent Community On Bloomz
That’s my oven… When making parent phone calls, it is easy to get caught up in chatting about everything from their children to the weather. You plan for a quick talk, and the next time you check your watch it has been 45 minutes! As teachers, it is so easy to do. After all- this… Continue reading Feeling Like You Are “Fall-ing” Behind?…. 5 tips for Staying on Top of Anecdotal Information and Parent Communication
Every year at our school we hold a Harvest Fest Community Event. It is one of our biggest events of the year. We bring in over 100 pumpkins to the playground for our own pumpkin patch. We decorate the school with scarecrows. We build a hay maze out of the unused straw. We have a… Continue reading Community Event Planning- How to go from crazy to cake! (Literally)
At our school, our parents drive their kids to and from school. I love it when I get to help kids out of their cars. It is amazing how much four year olds can resemble adults in the morning. You have the early birds that jump out of the car to give you a big… Continue reading Up A Creek Without A… Car Seat?
My older son is in the 4th grade. That means he has been in school for 5 years (not counting preschool). That is 45 months, 195 weeks, or 975 days. That is a lot of days in a nine year olds life. One would think that on each of those days when I have asked him… Continue reading From “Nothing” To Something- How to Use Bloomz To Increase Meaningful After School Conversations With Your Children
There have been so many blog posts and even viral videos going around lately about how parents are- well, just done with the school year. My favorite was a re-share from a blog post in 2013 entitled “Worst End of School Mom Ever” by Jen Hatmaker. “Moms, remember how you packed innovative and nutritional lunches… Continue reading 5 Things Teachers Wished Happened at the End of the School Year