In our cooperative, parents in the 3’s, 4’s and 5’s morning classes are assigned to help out in the classroom on a rotating basis. Parent involvement keeps our curriculum fresh and tuition affordable. When you assist you are considered an Assistant Teacher.
Benefits of Assisting
FUMCN is grateful for parent involvement. Assisting is a great way to:
- be part of your child’s first formal learning experience
- see your child interact with peers and other adults
- generate new ideas about educational activities to do at home
- keep preschool costs affordable
- meet other families with 3/4/5 year olds from the Ann Arbor area
At the start of each day Ms Juli will have a short meeting to discuss the day’s play-based activities and answer any questions you may have. The children have a free play while everyone is arriving to school. Then the class gathers for circle time to introduce them to the theme of the day. After circle time, as an assist, you will be in charge of one of the following areas:
- A Room (A is for Art): Lots to do, many arts and crafts, plenty of clean up (paint, craft, snack), but the time passes really quickly.
- B Room (B is for Big Play): You will have an assigned activity, but many kids play their own games and make their own fun. More potential for intervention/conflict resolution. Lots of action.
- Q Room (Q is for Quiet): Often the fewest kids and the quietest room. Board games and the listening center are likely to fill your time.
- S Room (S is for Science): Snack time happens in this room along with Science projects (cooking, experiments, etc.).
- E Assist (E is for Emergency): Bring snack, stuff mailboxes, assist in promenade drop off and playground supervision. Usually only present for the first and last half hour of the day, but may be called upon to substitute only in case of unanticipated scheduling conflicts.
Assists assignments are given a few weeks before the semester starts. You will be asked for your availability before the master schedule is generated. You may state when you can and cannot assist, and then the scheduler will do his/her best to accommodate you.
- If your child attends class 3 days per week, you end up assisting an average of 8-9 times per semester, depending on class size.
- If your child attends class 2 days per week, you end up assisting an average of 6-8 times per semester, depending on class size.
Our school year runs from mid September until mid June with the first semester ending near the end of January. Certain assist days offer childcare for younger siblings (for a modest fee) while parents are helping in the classroom. Our scheduling software makes it easy to check your assist schedule online or request swaps. Historically, most parents can find someone to take their assigned shift if a swap is needed, and the emergency assist assures that someone is available for any last minute scheduling conflicts.
New as of 2017/18! A Non-Assist Option is available in our afternoon class that allows for limited in-classroom responsibilities. The non-assist option is a great choice for families who want a cooperative environment but are not able to complete the assist load.
Additional Responsibilities Outside Classes
- Actively participate in and fulfill T.E.A.M. responsibilities
Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any concerns or questions about the assist process.
For more information on assisting and other FUMCN policies and procedures, refer to the General Information section or the Committee Responsibilities section of the FUMCN Handbook.