My daughter is starting kindergarten and I want to be involved.

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Stephanie - posted on 04/07/2010

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talk to her teacher. :) volunteer in the classroom. help with homework. send supplies to the classroom when needed. join the pta volunteers and/or the school site counsel.

i'd say that would cover pretty much everything or put you in touch with other ideas pretty quickly. Believe me, once they know you want to help, someone will put you to work. :) hehehe...

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Volunteer to be a room mom or volunteer in the classroom. All schools welcome parent involvement. Private, parochial or public...it doesn't matter. Contact your PTA or PTG president...they may have information regarding different committees that need volunteers for your child's school. Good luck...you won't be sorry and your kid will love you for your inolvement.

Melissa - posted on 04/16/2010

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You should volunteer to be her room parent. It is a great way to meet the parents of the kids she will be in school with for many years.

Kelly - posted on 04/15/2010

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volunteer when you can for things like class parties or field trips. Ask her about her day and what she did...even listen to the strange and silly stories she will tell and think hilarious, but will make little to no sense to you.

Trinity - posted on 04/15/2010

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Volunteer your time..at our school on the night of back to school you can sign up to help at specified times and the teachers especially at that age welcome it. Also become part of your schools PTA. now more than ever before the PTA needs everyone's help because the schools are being cut everywhere and it takes a lot of fundraising to keep these schools what they should be.

Amie - posted on 04/14/2010

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Join the PTO/PTA, I joined my daughters PTO when she was in kindergarten and I am now the PTO President. We are actually having a hard time getting parents invloved. We would love to see more parents wanting to be involved.

Shelley - posted on 04/13/2010

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Rachael said it awsome. I to enjoy going to help out before my little guy I was a fixture at the school voluntering for hot lunch, reading, feildtrips, cutting things just whatever & its a nice way to get to know all your childs friends & classmates

Rachael - posted on 04/12/2010

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As a teacher, I will offer this advice: If you volunteer in the classroom, please be ready to actually work. Coming in to hang out with your kid is fine, but its not volunteering. Also, during the school day is not a good time to chat with the teacher--we're busy. If we're talking to you, we aren't teaching your kids. I always love parents to volunteer to come in with a presentation. Read your favorite kids book. Make bread dough with the class. Nurse/doctor? Kids LOVE to bandage each other and use a stethascope. Did you visit Africa? Bring in your souveniers and pictures. Tell about your trip. Kids love anything hands on and these types of things are often hard to organize on a teacher's budget.

Not comfortable in front of the class? Volunteer to make copies, put up or take down bulletin boards or organize the classroom library.

The PTA (if your school has one) can get you involved with other parents and with school-wide activities.

Ask for a school directory at orientation and make connections with other moms/dads in you kid's class. Knowing the other parents and children will make social activities easier.

VOLUNTEER FOR FIELD TRIPS. We always need chaperones. Always.

Cheryl - posted on 04/12/2010

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I coudn't have said it better myself as Stephanie Parks has said once they know you will have lots of thing to do they love parents like you and your daughter will love the fact that you are around at school become your daughters room Mom you will luv that. Volunteering is so much fun you meet so many wonderful people of all walks of life it's great!!! Have fun!!!

Julie - posted on 04/12/2010

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Befriend the teacher! My daughter is in 2nd grade right now and I have had a great relationship with all of her teachers thus far. I make sure to keep in contact with them, offering my time or volunteering for field trips or help in the class room. I have never been a part of the pta but In my experience I have been more involved than a lot of parents. Talk to the support staff at the school (secretaries, parapros, lunch ladies) ask them if they need your help with anything. Trust me they will love you for it, and your child will be grateful that you are involved. Not to mention it's a good way to keep up on what's going on with their school work and friends

Shari - posted on 04/12/2010

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What I did was set up a meeting between us and the teacher so my daughter could meet her and feel comfortable with her. Both of my kids go to the same school so she sort of knew her but not really. Sign up for in class volunteering and see if the class needs a care mom to maybe bring in treats once in a while.

Ilene - posted on 04/11/2010

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My sons teacher welcomes parent volunteers. I grade homework, help clean the classroom, and buy supplies when needed. Ask the teacher what you can help out with.

Lexi - posted on 04/10/2010

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As a kindergarten teacher, Stephanie has offered great advice! Talk to the teacher and ask what you can do! Please also don't be offended if the teacher says there is nothing for you to do some teachers find that a parent in the classroom in a distraction! I love having volunteers, the fear is that teachers worry your child will want to be the center of their world, so make sure if you do volunteer you explain to your child that you are their to help everyone in the class!

Rhonda - posted on 04/09/2010

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i was really excited.i couldnt wait.i always kept up with the newsletters and they would tell if volunteers were needed for stuff and for even a field trip... when you goto meetings and see the other parents in the class dont be shy to mingle with them ... thats when it gets really fun when you meet 1 or some of you chlds classmates mom's.you get many ideas from them especially if they have older kids in older grades...and you get to get together with them and do thing that are involved with the school.the 1st year your child starts school is always really exciting and fun.

Erica - posted on 04/09/2010

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You have some wonderful advice here. PTA, you get information of what the school needs itself, how to get active with the school for events. You are also indoors to know what each activity that is going on in your childs class. Help out the class with parties, field day, field trips. It is easy and schools loves volunteers, just ask the teacher when you drop your daughter off to see how to get started.

Brenda - posted on 04/09/2010

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I would say volunteer, especially now they can use the help with all the budget cuts. Speak with the Teacher, see in what ways you can be more involved. Donate school Supplies. Homework is a must. Join the PTA.

Meghan - posted on 04/09/2010

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The biggest way to be involved is by going to every ptg meeting and letting your voice be heard as a parent. Schools need more support in this fashion than bringing supplies and baking cookies.

Shaz - posted on 04/08/2010

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hi , yes i woulld agree , with stephanie,s comment , ive the same in my son,s school , volunteered to help with the swim rota , n with the reading rota , or u cud always apply to do t, a work or became a dinner lady there xxx

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