Regarding the question of winter parent-teacher meetings: We have one in late January, featuring a topic of equal interest to parents and teachers. A few topics over the years (addressed by a speaker with followup discussion) have included…
–Teaching children to be responsible
–Developing a heart of service & caring about others
–Developing healthy attitudes toward “others” (people different from us.)
–Developing character in children
–How to prevent development of a “consumer” or “entitlement” mentality
–Having effective devotions with children
One of the easier-to-plan and quite interesting formats we’ve re-used several times over the years is to request each parent couple to be prepared to share some of their expectations for the school–some high priority habits, skills, attitudes, and knowledge that they hope the school helps build in their children. Sometimes the teachers also take opportunity to share how the homes can enhance the work of the school (such as being sure children come to school Monday morning having had a good night’s sleep and ready to learn). We sit in a circle (or two concentric circles if one circle would be too large) and have each couple take their turn.