We had our open house/meet the teacher night. I had such an awesome turnout! I am SO excited because I have a super sweet group of students this year! I absolutely love meeting my kids on open house night, and I always think it is so sweet how shy they all are. I know each one of their personalities will shine bright in no time!
I wanted to share with you this amazing idea I got from Reagan over at Tunstall’s Teaching Tidbits. She is an absolute genius! This is an Open House or Meet the Teacher Night Management idea with free printables included!
Instead of just having parents or guardians roam around your classroom, and wait for instruction from you, these signs will guide them. They are set up in a station-like format with explicit directions and forms at each station. All I did to create the stations was print out the numbered station sign, laminate it, and glue a popsicle stick on the back. Then, I put them in tin cups (or just stuck them between two desks above).
The night went off without a hitch because of the signs, I swear it! It can be so tough to greet families at the door, then go talk to a group of students, then direct parents on where to go, then answer questions! Oh my goodness!
The parents absolutely loved the organization, too!
I have attached a PDF form of the actual signs I used this evening for you to grab as a freebie, HERE!!
Because of the many requests I’ve received, you can now grab an editable version of these signs that I made in powerpoint HERE. That way you can create your own!
I’ve also included editable versions of the documents I keep at each station. I’ve included my parent letter, volunteer sign up, transportation form, and parent questionnaire. Please know that I wrote these for my classroom, so feel free to change them to fit your needs. Click HERE to grab the forms.
I did have a few families who were unable to make it. In order to stay organized, I made sure that I didn’t put anything to the side or in a file cabinet. Instead, I made up manilla folders for each student who didn’t attend, and then I made a few extra folders in case I get any new students later on. This way, I will have all of these students’ open house papers in one place. They are tucked away in a folder so that none go missing. I can simply grab a folder of papers out of my file cabinet and send them home with the student on their first day of school.
And I want to share another freebie with you! I put up my super cute “Welcome Sign” that you can grab for free HERE! There are tons of different options and grade levels included in this freebie!
One more thing that I set out for my families was this scavenger hunt. I have seen so many awesome classroom scavenger hunts, but I was having a hard time finding a school-wide one. It’s hard to have an entire class of students and parents in your room for an hour. This scavenger hunt is perfect because it lets the students and parents get out to mingle with other families, and it is a great opportunity for students to “show off” their school and introduce their parents to some fellow staff members! My kids loved it! I always give the students that complete the scavenger hunt a little prize, too.
Here are a snapshot of the scavenger hunt, and you can click HERE to grab it for free!