Friday, March 9, 2012

Preschool & Parent Communication

So it has been about 2 months since the Lil Pumpkin started Nursery 1. She goes to preschool about 3 times a week, and yes I am still anxious when she goes there {will it ever go away??} but certainly not as worried as when she first started.

And I think in a big way, it is thanks to the great communication system that her preschool set up. There is always fear in the unknown, but her preschool does make an effort to keep us parents up-to-date and informed on her progress in class, as well as what is happening in school.

For one, there is the daily Communication Book whereby we can write to the teachers, and the teachers can write to us if there is anything to be noted. Certainly beats asking your kid to carry notes to school that goodness knows may end up where :P

Another is the Class Blog - yes, you read me right! How cool! :) Apparently each class has a blog that is maintained by the class teachers, and they will post up class pictures, lesson plans, event calendars etc. there. All the parents have access to this blog and we can post entries too. Of course, I had written an entry or two in as well heehee. Personally, I feel this is an innovative idea and I love to check it out every week {there's an email prompt} to see the new entries of what went on in the class for the week and what other parents posted.

We have noticed Lil Pumpkin singing new songs and practising new skills like wearing her underwear all by herself, so it's nice to see how she came about to learn them.

Of course, there are the usual Parent-Teacher Meetings, Bulletin Boards, Newsletters and Emails. The emails are very current. A few weeks back, there were 2 suspected cases of Hand-Foot-Mouth disease {HFMD} in Lil Pumpkin's preschool. As soon as the suspected cases were discovered during the morning health checks, the preschool immediately sent out an email blast to all parents to keep them informed.

The boy usually sends Lil Pumpkin to class after dropping me off at work, and so I found out via email first about the HFMD cases even before he messaged me! Now that's what I call efficient!

We do talk to the Lil Pumpkin after class to encourage her to discuss and talk about what went on in preschool for the day. However, at her young age she isn't able to tell us a lot before babbling off about something else :P As parents, we want to participate as much as we can in her school-life so yay for her preschool in being proactive and enabling us to be more involved! Coming from a social media mama, if they use Facebook or Twitter, it might be even better hahaha...

How does your child's preschool {or childcare} communicate with you? What do you think is the most effective way for preschool-parent communication?


Unknown said...

Sounds like an awesome preschool! I absolutely LOVE the idea of a blog! That would have been awesome when my son was in preschool briefly. If my daughter goes to preschool, maybe I'll suggest it hehe. I think it would be great for Kindergarten too though! Communication makes a big difference :)

Ming said...

Wow... a class blog! I think it's a great idea cos parents can now know what their children do in school! What school does your daughter attend? I'm very interested to check it out. :)

Ai Sakura said...

Brandi: yeah I think that's a great idea too and shows them keeping up with the times :)

Ming: She goes to Lil Skool House International.. a lot of branches around!

Stacy said...

I am impressed! The communication book's great, the blog's great, SMS too!

Unknown said...

Great ideas there at your kinder.

I am the Secretary of my kinder committee and we're currently working on Quality Improvement Plans for the new National Quality Framework.

The way the kinder communicates with parents is an important area to focus on and I'll be bringing these suggestions to our planning workshop on the weekend!

Thanks for sharing them!

Laura S Reading said...

The feeling gets better but no, it never goes away. Soon you will be able to relax enough to enjoy a few hours for yourself, even if only to catch up at home.
Being involved no matter their age or type of school is the best way to stay informed.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you found a really great preschool! I love the idea of a class blog. We do something somewhat similar... my family homeschools and I write quite a bit about our class projects and the like.. kind of the same, right? lol. I love that the teachers are so interactive with the parents at your school... that is a plus that should put you at ease :)

YummyMummy said...

Thanks Ai for sharing. I love open communication. Will definitely incorporate most of these in our school. :)

~Summer~ said...

Love the class blog idea! Every preschool should have that! Haha! =) It's really great for parents to be proactive, I'm kind of excited and apprehensive all at once thinking that Angel will be going to school when we return to sg!

Ai Sakura said...

Stacy: yup, it's been pretty good so far haha

Di-licious: glad that this post gave you some inspirations for discussion!

DogsMom: I agree parents have a part to play to make sure they are informs too. It sure takes 2 hands to clap :)

Jami: Of course it is haha. It's not just for informing... But so nice for memories' sake too.

DancingMommy: all the best ! Just 1 month to go for ya! Ganbatte

Shannon said...

Hi! This is my first visit! I found you on the Mingle with Me blog hop! Your little girl is soooo adorable!!! I love seeing young mothers taking such an interest in their little ones, and their education! 20 years from now, you will really enjoy looking back on these posts!

It's so nice to meet you and I hope to see you again soon!


Katherines Corner said...

a wonderful preschool! Hugs and happy weekend wishes. P.S.> it's giveaway time at Katherines Corner :-)

Sarah Haney, M.A. said...

That's really nice that they communicate so well with you, I really like the blog idea ;)

Our daughter's teacher sends home a progress sheet each day so we can see what she did.

Veronica @ Mixed Gems said...

We have a communication book here too. Apart from daily chats with the carers, there are two parent-teacher sessions plus written reports. A class blog and/or FB page would be a great idea but I don't think they've the time or expertise.

We ask Miss T about her day but it's not always very informative, other than whether she played with her best friends or not.

Madeline Heng said...

Class blog is a great idea! Too bad my girl is stiill on the waiting list for a preschool.. Hope she can enter one soon :)

Tina said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing this to us. I agree that the way the kinder communicates with parents is an important area to focus. I also believe that parents are the first teachers.