Monday Made It- Volunteer Binder

I finally made it! I am joining Tara's Monday Made It today. I have lots of ideas floating in my head and finally I can check off an item on my to do list. I revamped my Dividend (Parent Helpers/Volunteers) Binder. Here is a picture of my original. It's hard to see the faded line up of turtles- my classroom theme from over 3 years ago.
Totally needed some help here!!
At the beginning of the year, I recruit parent helpers. The week before they are allowed to come, I schedule a Dividend Meeting with them. (Dividend is the term my county uses to describe a volunteer in the classroom.) Typically I schedule one meeting in the morning and one in the afternoon, so that my volunteers can choose which is most convenient for them. At the meeting, I go over my expectations, procedures, supplies, and ideas of helping children. This is also a time for my new dividends to ask questions and get an idea of what they will be doing in the classroom. It also gives me an idea of what a volunteer is comfortable in doing.
I keep the binder in a bucket at a parent table in my classroom. The bucket usually contains ziplock bags with templates and instructions to help prepare projects, a tying shoe book so students can practice tying, tutorial games to play with individuals, and predictable readers with directions to support beginning readers. The binder is set up with a weekly schedule at the beginning. Following are pages of tips and procedures to help volunteers remember what to do. There is a section for each day, so that my dividends can flip to that day and read my notes.

Here is an example of notes I write to a dividend.

It is nice to have this binder, as it helps me build routine with my dividends and they can come into the classroom with little interruption. I also love it for when I am absent. My dividends know what to do and need little assistance.
Here are some pics of my new Dividend Binder.
This is the new cover.

On a different note, I am trying to figure out what type of plant this is that we bought yesterday. Any ideas? My husband thinks hibiscus, which at first I did not think so because of the way the blooms hung down like bells.

Here is a worthwhile donation drive created by Lisa at Learning is Something to Treasure. Tears at my heart strings...


  1. WOW! That is amazing that you have that many volunteers come in! I have to beg! Great job!

  2. Oh my gosh- I love this! This past year I had so many parents sign up to volunteer but I just didn't know what to do with them! I was in a new grade, at a new school and didn't know how they could help me out. This is fantastic! Thank you so much!

    *Bunting, Books, and Bainbridge*

  3. I love your organization with your volunteer binder! That's a great idea, I think I might have to try it out this next year, thanks for sharing!

    Today's my last day for my blogiversary giveaway, come by and check it out!

    Lacy's Letters

  4. I love the look of your site!! I can not wait to explore it more. I am your newest follower.

    A Basket Full of Apples


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