5 reasons I love to read with the kindy kids!

5 reasons I love to read with the kindy kids

As a general rule, I’m not a fan of Monday mornings. Who is? But since my biggest lad started school, I actually look forward to every second Monday morning. Why? I head into my son’s classroom and read with the kindy kids. It’s such a fabulous way to spend an hour.

Here are the 5 reasons I love to read with the kindy kids in my son’s class.

1. It’s kinda like being a fly on the wall of the classroom

Parents don’t often have a chance to see their child’s teacher in action. Reading with the kids lets me see how the classroom is run and what a day at school looks like for the biggest lad. The teacher runs a tight ship, and with a class full of little boys, it works very well. I’ve also picked up some of the classroom lingo which helps to encourage the biggest lad’s learning. Plus, I get to see how perfectly behaved he is at school.

2. You build an informal relationship with the teacher

When there are 24 kids in a kindy class, it’s difficult to get to know the teacher. It’s also nearly impossible to get regular updates about your kids progress. Spending a little time in the classroom has been the beginning of an informal relationship between the teacher and I. I’m hoping if there’s ever a need for more formal conversations we’ll be at ease with each other.

3. You get to know the kids in the classroom and they get to know you

I love walking into the classroom and being greeted by eager little faces and calls of ‘Hi Claire’. So darn cute. Now the kindy kids tell me little stories about their weekends or their families. It’s wonderful to get to know the kids who the biggest lad spends his school days with.

It might seem a little odd, but I also think that helping out in the classroom sets a great example for the kids. If I’m helpful and kind in the class, surely on some level that teaches them about being a helpful and kind person.

4. You see the children’s skills develop

Mostly when I read with the kindy kids we are focused on sight words. It’s amazing how quickly they are all progressing. The kids LOVE showing me which colour they are at. I’m always super encouraging and show delight when they have moved on to different colours. We high five, I give them the thumbs up, and they bask in the attention. While sight words is certainly not the way to judge your own child’s progress, it does give me a basic idea of how the biggest lad is tracking.

Another fabulous benefit of reading in the class is that it sends a subtle message to the biggest lad that I think reading, and his learning, is important. Important enough to drag my butt into class on a Monday morning!

5. Your child loves having you in the class

The biggest lad loves having me in the class. I do think I am a little distracting for him, he waves at me at every single opportunity. Despite that, being in the classroom is another way for him to share his learning with me. He loves that I know the names of all the kids in his class and that they know me. He giggled this morning when one of his classmates said to him ‘your Mummy is so lovely’. I’ll make the most of him being happy in my presence, cause I’m sure that won’t last.
If you have a child in kindergarten, and you can find the time, head back to school and read with the kindy kids. Your kid will love it, you’ll be supporting their learning, you’ll get to know the teacher, and you never know, you might just have some fun.
Do you read in your child’s class? Love it or loathe it?
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21 thoughts on “5 reasons I love to read with the kindy kids!

  1. I’ve only managed to get to parent help once so far and it was just like being at work!! I love this list though, from a parent and teacher perspective it is perfect 🙂

  2. I help out every Friday and I love it for all the reasons you listed! My trusted babysitter (ie my mother!) is no longer available to watch my youngest while I head to school on Fridays any more so he now comes along with me and plays his own version of Reading Eggs while I help all the other kids. My kindy kid LOVES that I can help out and asks me every day if I can stay 😜

    1. Isn’t it sweet how much they love having you around? I’m making the most of it while it lasts.

    1. He sure does Haidee! There are some serious logistical arrangements here so I can make it in to school.

  3. We do literacy groups every morning and parents are invited to stay for the first twenty minutes of the day. It’s such a great way to be involved and meet other kids and parents. I love it.

  4. I definitely want to do reading with the kids once bub goes to school. It’ll be so exciting getting to sneak inside the classroom and see what they’re up to, although I have to wait til 2019 for her to start school, but that’s also a good thing because I love having her home with me.

  5. Its one of the best ways to support your child’s education. Schools value parents such as yourself for the time you are able to give to helping in classrooms. Thank you…from me , retired K-6 principal.

  6. I love reading with Miss 5’s Kindy class. Being an ex teacher it’s the most important way I can help at school. I’ve committed to one day a week for Miss 5’s class and I’ll do two days when Master 3 heads of to school in 2018.

    1. Wow Kylie, a whole day! That is very generous of you. But you’re right, it is such an important way to help out at school.

  7. I agree! I totally agree! I LOVE LOVE LOVED reading to Ben’s kindy class, and missed it SO much when he grew out of it. I loved making the kids laugh, and giving cuddles to the kids who kinda need them. It’s the best. So excited about doing it with Frankie again this year, once he goes back to bloody school xxx

  8. This sounds wonderful! 🙂 It’s so important to read to kids. I can’t wait until my nephew is old enough for me to read to. He’s just a month old now, but I’m looking forward to sharing my love of books with him. 🙂

  9. Us teachers absolutely love having parents help in the classroom, especially with reading. With so many kids, it’s hard to give them all enough one on one attention, so having regular helpers is invaluable! Win win for everyone. Xx

    1. I’m so pleased to hear that the teachers like having help from the parents. You’re right, it’s a win win!

  10. As an ex-teacher, I can assure you the teacher loves having you in the class as much as you love being there. It’s a win win for you, the teacher and for your little lad!

  11. Hats off to you! I love that you love it. I did it once and never wanted to go back. I love my own kids, kids in my family and of close friends in small doses. A class of kids was overwhelming. Teaching is a profession I truly admire and appreciate. I know they need help from parents, I am the help in anything but the classroom type parent.

    1. Thank you! That’s such an interesting perspective, those differences in personality are what make us individuals!

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