This tends to be the usual pattern. In kindergarten and first grade the parents are enthusiastic and everything is new but the novelty wears off and volunteering is forgotten. I do understand. Life gets busy and we as mothers have more and more things on our plates these days. Volunteering in the classroom is just one of those things that is dropped when our schedules begin to fill. This is a shame. The benefits of classroom volunteer time far exceed the assistance you may be giving the teacher.
Here are some of the benefits that I have noticed from my time spent in the classroom:
The students are able to benefit from one on one time - Here in Utah the average class size is about 22-25 children per class. With that many students, teachers are rarely able to spend time with individuals, one on one. When parent volunteers are in the classroom, students are able to either break into smaller groups or have one on one time with the volunteer.
Your child learns that you care about their education - When you volunteer in the classroom, you show your child that you think school is important.
Your kids like it! - My children are always excited to see me when I arrive at their classrooms. I always receive a big hug from each of them when it is their turn to read with me.
You can keep closer tabs on your children's progress - By helping in the class you are able to observe where your child fits in academically with his peers. I don't use this as a time to compare my child to the others; but as a way to gauge how they are progressing. Are the other children improving faster, etc.
Posted by Christine of Random Thoughts With Chris