It’s simple. It’s not ‘tech-y’. It’s easily changeable. You can get it at Target.
It’s a whiteboard.
In all of the programs I’ve run (including my current mobile program and consulting clients I’ve worked with), we hang the whiteboard in a high traffic area.
Here Are The Rules:
- The board is for preschool only. If rec wants a board, they can get their own and hang it in a different spot (LOL!)
- Keep it small. If you get a big one, you’ll fill it up with stuff.
- Put the week’s theme in preschool and the skill of focus
- Add one (ONLY ONE) important announcement, if necessary. DO NOT add millions of announcements. No one will read it if it’s filled with words.
- Add a hand drawn small picture to draw attention and people can see it changes every week. Not kidding.
Location, Location, Location!
Hang your whiteboard in a spot where parents hang out during class. Make sure it is at eye height for parents and not tucked away somewhere in a corner. They won’t look at it right away, but once class gets going and things are more quiet, they will read it, I promise (even if they don't read your email newsletter!)
Huh? You're Not Just Throwing Stuff Out There?
It may come as a surprise to some, but as preschool professionals, you know the incredible amount of thought and preparation that goes into each theme, flow and progression every single week. Because preschool looks (and is) SO MUCH FUN, parents may not understand that you don’t just throw stuff out onto the floor and let kids run amuck.
There is actual thought and preparation in your program, which is where the real value is.
You need to directly communicate why your program stands out from the rest of the preschool programs in town. When you communicate your theme and focus skill, it conveys the value of your program to parents. They get a little education about what they are getting for their money when they signed their child up for class at your gym!
There it is, nice and simple. Target run, anyone? :)