I also like to make this evening a lot of fun for the family by having a classroom scavenger hunt!
Here is what my 'Meet the Teachers' night looks like:
When a family enters my room, I introduce myself to my student and to their parents/family. I briefly talk with them and give them a paper and let them know they are going on a scavenger hunt around my room. I like doing a scavenger hunt because it lets them explore my room and get comfortable with what I like to call their '2nd home'!
-They find their seat: At their seat I have a large brown paper bag with a note on it. This large paper bag is for the parents to place the school supplies that they brought.
-They find their hook in the closet where they will hang up their book bag and jacket
-They find the kidney shaped table: I have mom/dad fill out a student information packet. I have them do this right then and there so I know that I have the information for how they will get home on the first day of school. (SOOO important!)
***GET THESE STUDENT INFORMATION FORMS IN BOTH ENGLISH AND SPANISH FOR FREE! (Click on the pictures)
-The child finds the classroom library: I have the child go here while their parents are filling out paperwork. I have a small paper mini reader that they can take home with them about what they see at school. (I use the emergent reader from Deanna Jump's blog. She is amazing!)
-Find Me! (last): After they have gone everywhere I sent them to and the student gives me the completed student information packet, I like to give them a special treat!
(Cute Poem I found on Sunny Days in Second)
I also give a poem to the parents as well :) (I got this poem from a wonderful blog called: A Cupcake for the Teacher).
I have some wonderful students (sooo adorable too!) and wonderful families! I know this is going to be another fantastic year!