Another part of my job that I find quite useful is daily emails to parents. At the school that I am currently working at we have been asked to send emails home every day to inform the parents about what has been going on in the classroom, any upcoming events and if there is any homework for the next day or the near future. As you can well imagine, there isn’t much (if any) homework in Kindergarten but I find the other two purposes of the daily emails quite helpful for the parents of my students.
Parents often tell me that they enjoy reading about what their child does during the day because when they ask their child during supper what happened at school they often receive an answer of “I don’t know.” or “Nothing!” As a parent, I know how frustrating this can be because you would love to talk to your child about what happened during the day but if they don’t tell you first what they did, it is very difficult to carry on a conversation about school.
I have often wondered however how many of the parents in my classroom actually read the full email. I know that I am lucky to some extent in a Kindergarten classroom because the parents are just as eager as the students and they want to make sure that they are doing everything correctly. I find that I question sometimes the time that I put into my emails because I will often receive emails back from parents asking me about something that I have specifically mentioned in a previous email.
From a parent’s perspective I find the daily emails very helpful but I sometimes wish that there are some set standards that the teachers would have to follow. I find it frustrating to receive an email that is one line in length and doesn’t tell me anything other that the child’s homework for the evening. I do believe that this has helped me to remember to send more detailed emails home to the parents of my students. I figure if I send home specifics about what happened during the day, that the parents will develop the habit of talking to their child at an early age and hopefully this will continue for the rest of their education, therefore helping the parents and the children out in the long run.
If anyone has any opinions about parent emails and the usefulness of them, I would love to hear them. Also, if there is anyone that uses daily emails and includes other information that they would like to share with me, I am always looking for ways to keep my parents informed and interested in their child’s education.