Mt Laurel Elementary hosts parenting days

Published 2:15 pm Thursday, October 20, 2016

By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Staff Writer

CHELSEA – Parenting days have been taking place this week at Mt Laurel Elementary School.

Parents poured into the school all week to enjoy breakfast or lunch with their kids and see what all they have been learning this year.

“This is huge for parents to connect with what their kids are doing on a daily basis,” second grade teacher Amy Holmes said.

Kindergarteners and fifth graders led the festivities off on Monday, Oct. 17 with the kindergarteners showing their parents some cool math and writing concepts they had learned and then enjoyed lunch, while the fifth grade parents learned about ACT ASPIRE after enjoying breakfast.

Tuesday, Oct. 18, saw the fourth and first graders take their turn.

The morning portion of the day featured fourth graders and their parents building towers made of candy corn, while first graders made pattern block pumpkins and ate lunch with their parents.

On Thursday, Oct. 20, it was the third and second graders time to shine.

Third graders got to eat breakfast with their parents before going back to their classroom to work on fun activities.

More parents poured into the school around 12:15 to see the second graders cap off the week.

Amy Holmes’ second grade class played several different math games to show the parents how much the students math skills had improved.

“This is so much fun for the kids and they really enjoy it because by showing their parents they get to take ownership and be proud in what they are learning,” Holmes said.

As soon as the parents walked in you could see the excitement on the kids’ faces and several of them couldn’t wait to give mom or dad a big hug. This is when Holmes jumped in to brag on her wonderful students.

“This is one of the best classes I’ve ever had,” she said. “I had a sub a few days ago that said this was the best class she had ever subbed for and that starts at home with the parents, so thank you.”

The entire week brought together parent and child in a form they normally don’t have the opportunity to do, by putting the parents in the child’s point of view. You could see not only the pride students took in teaching their parents, but the pride the parents took seeing their kids proud to be learning.