Preschool Parent Teacher Conference Ideas

Parent teacher conferences are a time to share information and ideas about a child's educational, social and emotional progress in a learning environment. Both parents and teachers want what is best for a child, and a teacher can use many methods to communicate how the child is doing in preschool and share ideas on what parents and teachers can do to make the child's experience better.

  1. Preparation

    • Teachers should set up a schedule of dates and times for conferences in advance, in a way that is convenient for the parents. They should send a reminder home a week before the scheduled conference and send another a few days before. Have children decorate a folder, paper bag or box and place some of their work and art projects inside. Take photos of children interacting and taking part in classroom activities, including video clips that show particular skills that should be encouraged or certain behavior that needs to be remedied. A bulletin board can be set up that features parent involvement, using a theme such as "My Mommy and Daddy help me learn by ___" and allowing each child to draw and display a picture that fills in the blank.

    Setting

    • Teachers need to dress and act professionally to reassure parents that their child is getting the best preschool experience, but they can use the setting to make parents comfortable. Set chairs outside the classroom for parents who arrive early, and provide refreshments such as coffee, tea, punch and cookies. Provide an area in the classroom with art, blocks or play dough activities for children who must accompany their parents. Welcome the parents into the classroom with a warm, friendly manner and sit next to them to discuss their child's progress. Play soft background music to help parents relax.

    Conference

    • Provide notebooks and pens for parents who want to write down your suggestions, and show them that you have a notebook and pen to record their ideas. Tell them the skills their child excels in, showing them specific examples of work, photos and videos. Explain areas in which the child needs to build more skills, and give them ideas on how to encourage their child at home. Allow time for parents to view their child's projects and ask questions, and ask parents to suggest ideas you can use in the classroom. Show them the different play areas their child uses, pointing out their favorites. Make it clear that parents are free to call or e-mail any concerns, and be sure to provide them with contact information.

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