If you’re anything like me, you want to know what’s going on at your kids’ school. When my son gets home from kindergarten each day, I ask him question after question, but don’t get much information in return. Well, I figured out a way to find out more. Volunteer at his school!
Not only do I get to see him in action, but there are other benefits too.
When I was in elementary school, I remember my mom volunteering to help in our classroom. I loved having her there, and it always made me feel special. She also was a troop leader for my Brownies troop, which was pretty awesome too. I want my boys to have the same kind of memories of me some day.
So, I’ve come up with a list of the 4 best reasons to be a volunteer at your child’s school.
4 Best Reasons to Volunteer
1. I get to see my Son.
This is the first year that my son has been away from me everyday for 8 hours at a time. Even though he can drive me crazy, I miss him a lot when he’s not around. By volunteering at his school, I get to see his cute little face and break up that 8 hours. I think it’s making the transition a little easier for both of us. Well, mostly me.
I’ve volunteered to help out during his art class every other Friday. His teacher emailed asking for volunteers, and I was really excited to be able to help out during art, which is one of my son’s favorite activities.
The art teacher is AWESOME. She’s teaching them a little art history, then they get to do some art. A perfect combination.
2. I get to see my Son in Action.
In addition to volunteering every other Friday, I also volunteered to help with a few field trips. Today, was the first one.
My son insisted on taking the bus to school, so I drove myself, signed in the school office, and walked to the classroom. I got to watch from a distance as he arrived at his locker, put his lunch bag in a bin, and got out his blue folder for the teacher. It was like being a fly on the wall. It ROCKED!
I then said hello to him, and let him go about his morning routine. They all get to pick an activity they want to do until it’s time for announcements and the Pledge of Allegiance. Then they all sit on the rug and do some cute good morning songs.
It was so fun to see him interacting with the other kids, but now I know why he doesn’t really know anyone’s names yet. All the kids are pretty intent on doing their own thing at first, then once they’re warmed up, they talk to each other a little more. They are still all getting used to each other too.
3. I get to meet his Teachers and Assistants
We had an orientation, and a parent information night, but by volunteering, I get to see his teacher more often and get to know her a little better. Along with her, she has two assistants in the classroom, and I got to talk to one of them on our bus ride for the field trip today. It’s really nice getting to know the people you child spends a majority of their day with.
As I also mentioned, I got to meet his Art teacher, as well. Even though he only goes once a week, Art is one thing he really likes to do. I’m glad he has someone who will be supportive of his creative abilities.
4. I get to meet other Parents
At the field trip today, there were three other parent volunteers. One of the other mother’s is also an art class volunteer too. It was nice to be able to say hello and find out which kids were theirs.
While I didn’t get a lot of time to talk to the other parents, it was at least a way to get an introduction and hopefully the start of a connection. I’d love to have some play dates in the future, and it’d be nice to make some new friends myself.
Lucky to Volunteer
I know not every parent can volunteer during the day because they have to work. I’m really lucky that I get the chance to play a small part in my son’s education. I’m also lucky that I have grandparents close by to watch the twins.
If you do have the chance, or if there are events you can participate in after school with your kids, I hope that you do. Time goes by just so fast, and any extra minute you get with them is precious.