Parent Volunteers

Parent volunteers in the classroom can be great resources for both students and teachers. Parent volunteers have a major impact on their child’s education. Studies have shown that children who have parents that get involved with their education do better overall in the classroom. They are less likely to develop behavior problems, they do better on tests, and reacher for higher goals throughout their schools years.

45 Ways for Parent Volunteers to help in the Classroom

  1. Make photocopies of assignments, handouts, worksheets, etc.
  2. Sort and file workbook and other pages.
  3. Set up art, science, and other projects.
  4. Make booklets or journals on binding machine.
  5. Fold and staple booklets.
  6. Cover books.
  7. Make playdough (can also be done at home).
  8. Design or simply put up/take down bulletin boards.
  9. Hang artwork in the hallway.
  10. Cut out laminations.
  11. Sort and stock construction paper.
  12. Sort and stock writing paper.
  13. Stock paper at easel.
  14. Sharpen pencils.
  15. Cap markers and make sure none are dry.
  16. Throw out old crayons and replace.
  17. Clean tables, desks, and work surfaces.
  18. Clean and fill glue bottles.
  19. Clean paintbrushes and make sure paint is stocked.
  20. Organize stamps and throw away any dry stamp pads.
  21. Return books to school library.
  22. Conduct research for upcoming lessons.
  23. Clean up after class pets.
  24. Water plants.
  25. Stuff and address envelopes for class mailings.
  26. Make sure students folders/school backpacks have everything necessary.
  27. Read to children.
  28. Listen to children read.
  29. Go over word lists with children.
  30. Practice skills with flashcards.
  31. Walk around classroom as children work quietly.
  32. Work on particular skills (e.g., counting money, math) with student or small group of students.
  33. Tell or read stories related to lessons.
  34. Help students who need remedial work.
  35. Help students catch up on missed work.
  36. Provide editing help with writing assignments.
  37. Play board games with small groups of children.
  38. Chaperone field trips.
  39. Give presentations to class (e.g., safety lessons from police officer, dental care lessons from dentist).
  40. Help fill out book orders (can also be less interactive depending on system).
  41. Assist in planning parties or other special classroom days.
  42. Scan and/or save student work on the computer.
  43. Take and/or organize class photographs.
  44. Maintain a classroom website.
  45. Help write and/or edit class newsletter.