You do not have to convince me how busy you are. I can relate. Between a full workload, graduate school, two children, a husband and some type of commitment to fitness, it is difficult to be as involved as I would like in my children’s education.
Now trust and believe I’m there at every parent-teacher conference, we sit down nightly to go over homework, and we read at least one book at bedtime. But sometimes that doesn’t seem like enough. So what is an overworked mama to do?
1) Chaperone field trips. I might not be able to volunteer to be the room mom, volunteering in the classroom every day, but I am able to clear my schedule for a couple hours to chaperone the class trip to the zoo or to a local farm. I get to see my daughter interact with her classmates and I get some facetime with her teacher. It’s a win-win.
Time invested: Four hours a month (driving to the school, participating in the field trip, and then driving home)
2) Participate in a passive fundraising program like Box Tops or Campbell’s Labels for Education. It doesn’t take much to buy the participating products, clip the coupons on the packages and bring them to the school. If you’re able, you can serve as the school’s coordinator to brainstorm ideas to get more parents to participate.
Time invested: Four hours a month (Collecting the coupons, counting and tallying them, brainstorming ideas for collection at school)
3) Offer to put up bulletin boards. Ask your child’s teacher if they need any help changing the classroom decorations from season to season. Help them swap out pumpkins for snowflakes or raindrops for sunbeams and you’ll get an opportunity to get on the teacher’s good side.
Time invested: One hour a month (May depend on how often the teacher likes to switch out decorations)
Have you ever felt like you’re just too busy to volunteer in your kid’s school? What’s your favorite way to get involved?