Home and School Connectio

Encourage the Home & School Connection with a Fine Motor Tub

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Tell me something... do you happen to struggle with making meaningful home and school connections?  

A positive connection between school and families is an integral part of the success of students in the classroom.    It is important for us to try and educate parents on the needs of their preschool aged children.  When parents and educators are on the same page, a child's success can soar.  

But, if you don't get to interact with all your student's parents at drop off or pick up, it can be hard to get this connection going.  

One way I like to support both the connection and learning at home is by sending home 'Take Home Bags'. 

Today I wanted to share the Fine Motor Tub, one of the Take Home Bags (which it is actually a tub) that I send home with students.  The Fine Motor Tub focuses on building up fine motor muscles for later success in school.  We as educators know the importance, but not all parents are aware of the what, why and how of strengthening those muscles.

Gather some materials (materials list below) and download (and print) these FREE Fine Motor Tub printables and you too can make your own Fine Motor Tub!
Click the photo below for the file:

Materials in the Preschool Fine Motor Tub

  • Pom pom balls (puff balls) of different sizes
  • Bulb Syringe
  • Child-sized scissors
  • Cardstock (optional, but I like to use thicker materials for the cutting strips)
  • Bathtub gripper
  • Eye Dropper
  • Tennis Ball - cut a slit for the mouth and add googly eyes
  • Small erasers
  • Playdough
  • Laminated piece of construction paper for the playdough mat

Watch a video of the Preschool Fine Motor Tub in action:

Looking for the whole Take Home Bags printable set?  Here it is :)

Preschool Take Home Bags
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Facebook Groups for Class Communication

My phone goes DING! and I know it is another Facebook notification. Sometimes it feels as if social media is taking over our lives!!! But, in all honesty... this year in my preschool class, Facebook has been a blessing. I know, you don't hear Facebook and blessing in the same sentence often.....but, hear me out!

At the beginning of the year I started a private Facebook group for the parents and guardians in my classroom. I wasn't sure how well it would go over- if people would check it or if it might end up in the graveyard of good ideas. BUT, I am here to tell you- it has been amazing!

Here is why...

  • I am meeting parents on a platform they are already hanging out at (not trying to implement a new platform to remember to check).
  • With a little help from me and a lot of love from parents, we have created a community where we can share photos and classroom happenings in a safe and positive environment.
  • Parents aren't just 'hearing' from me about what we are doing in the classroom through a newsletter- they are 'seeing' through photos of the things we do everyday.

But, you may be thinking... I have that one parent who just doesn't do social media. Yep, that is fine- I still send info via email if needed (although I have found that when they hear how amazing the group is, they end up joining us).

You may also be thinking... What if I have a parent that doesn't respect the privacy of other families? Yep, had that same thought. So, I wanted to make sure the expectations were stated before jumping into this. I even created a Release Form so that both parties knew what was expected.

In fact, I included that release form in this email. It makes it clear to parents that they may NOT share/download photos of children other than their own. Go check it out to find the specifics. You will need to add your name to the second bullet on the list.

**Serious Sidenote: I am not a lawyer and this is not a legally binding document. This document basically informs parents of the expectations when joining the Facebook classroom group.

Click below to get the Facebook Release Form

Click here to subscribe

Let me know if you have a class Facebook group and how it is going at this post on my facebook page: