Parent Helpers in the Prep -2 Literacy Block
Parents are warmly welcomed to help in school at times that are mutually agreed. Whilst we appreciate help of a regular nature in the classroom working with the children, there are a variety of tasks that can be done either outside of the classroom or at home that are of equal benefit to the staff and students.
Parents helping in school with the students are always under the supervision of the class teacher who will explain the task, what is required of the student/s and the helper’s role within that setting. Please advise the teacher you are working with if you are unable to attend a planned session.
Parent helpers are asked to consider carefully the beneficial results of helping in a different classroom. Teachers reserve the right to make this request if at any time they feel that difficulties are arising.
We ask that confidentiality be maintained in respect of the student’s attainments, attitudes and behaviour whilst operating in school as a helper.
- Beware of making judgements:
- All children can learn
- Children learn at different rates and have different learning needs
- Retain confidentiality – the privacy of both parents and students must be respected at all times. Do not mention the names of students with whom you are working in front of your own children or other parents. Children can easily be hurt by apparently harmless remarks from their peers or other students.
- Any matter that is of concern should be discussed with the classroom teacher immediately in order for any misunderstandings or difficulties to be addressed as a matter of urgency.
What does being a classroom helper mean?
Assisting in the classroom under the direction of the classroom teacher by:
- Working with small groups of children providing a role model for learning
- Being a valuable member of the school community
- Your support in the classroom will ensure that children remain on task while the teacher is working with other groups
- Your willingness to assist in classroom activities shows other parents what can be achieved when partnerships are formed
To learn students need:
- A reason to learn
- To be actively involved
- Demonstration and modelling
- Activity based learning
- Opportunities for repetition and reinforcement
- Opportunities for practising
- Efforts to be praised
- Visual learners – learn by seeing
- Auditory learners – learn by hearing
- Kinaesthetic learners – learn by doing and moving