open door policy

So as most of you know by now I have a daughter in the 2nd grade. Part of her school’s philosophy is to have an open door policy. For those of you unfamiliar with the term that basically is an invitation for parents to come in and participate in school activities at any time. Sounds great right? I mean who wouldn’t want to come to their child’s school and see what it’s all about as well as get to participate in some fun learning activities? Okay I can think of a few parents but for some of us it sounds like a really great invitation and one that I have taken the school up on several times. This is not to say that is was a fun experience for me – there seems to be some unwritten tule out there that if you are not a member of the PTO (parent teacher organization) you’re not part of the “in” crowd. So how does that affect the open door policy at school? Well obviously I don’t want to go and hang out with a bunch of people who give me the cold shoulder or feel that they are more important than me – I mean come on I survived high school and don’t plan on ever going back there again! This negative vibe that parents give other parents is often reflected in the ways that children treat one another. So how can we get around this and still participate in our children’s education and school programs?
Learning starts at home ladies and gentlemen – parent participation does not have to take place in the school building. Building a relationship early on with your child’s teacher early on in the year and letting them know that you are interested in the things your child does throughout the day. This establishes that open door to the most important door – your child’s classroom.

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