To Newsletter or not to Newsletter?
When I first opened my preschool. Focus was more on the children and what and how I was teaching. I failed to realize the importance and how much help it would be to myself and my students to communicate more with their parents. I underestimated how much that would change my teaching, how it effected how the parents felt about me, and how it would help me get needed information to parents other than one on one face to face communication.
I started out trying to produce a monthly newsletter. A newsletter that included a calendar, reminders, tips and notes. Something the parents could place on the fridge and have as a visual reminder on what is going on at preschool. This ended up for me, being more work on top of everything else I was doing. Just handing these out once per month didn't work because there were things that came up, and I had a need to tell the parents as a whole right away. I stopped doing newsletters.
I tried classroom apps, but it would have been much simpler to text everything myself.
Time for a website
Ultimately we found that a website dedicated to our school and classroom was the best way to handle everything. Plus, the website could take payments, we could share photos on a password protected space, we could keep a running list of upcoming events and it takes less than 30 seconds to add something new and post it. Like updating a classroom needs list. If we run out of red paint, one of us hops on the site and adds it to the list. The site can be accessed when a parent is standing in the middle of target wonder what was on the needs list. She/he has immediate access to that list via the class website. What can be found on the website can be found in the parent information area at school.
They have information on the the go and information they can see when they pick up and drop off. Therefore, this leaves no excuse for not knowing, it means they aren't holding up their end on the communication bargain. I have learned communication means everything, you learn so much more about the family and the child when you communicate and really bond and connect with each of your families. When you do this it changes the whole classroom dynamic, and everything works smoother.
Abby Lazarus, M.E.d.
Preschool teacher and owner. Bachelors in Child Development and Masters in Early Childhood Studies. Current doctoral student at Walden University.