After the kids left for the day and before the parents arrived (which was only a 20 minute window) I ran around and set up different stations for the kids to take their parents to. I made little signs up for each station with the instructions at the bottom. I laminated the signs, hot glued popsicle sticks in between the two sides of the sign, and placed them in clear plastic cups with little jewels to hold them up. I thought the jewels added a bit of a magical touch :-)
When the kids came in, they went to the Welcome table where there was a clip board, a paper with the different stations on it, and stickers to put on the paper when they had completed each station.
On my Welcome table I also had a Wishing Tree with different items that I would like for the class. Its a great way to let the parents know what we need and the parents always come through and are so generous!
I had 8 different stations for the kids to take their parents to:
They did the Blubber Glove experiment and showed the parents their non-fiction books about Penguins.
They did a colour mixing experiment with coffee filters, eye droppers and food colouring.
They played a rhyming game together.
They did some measurement experiments and showed them their Measurement Masters books.
They did an initial sound sort on the smart board.
I forgot to take photos of the other stations, but they also did:
* a gymnastics station where they showed their parents some of the balances and other moves we learned
*an initial sound sort with different objects on the carpet
*a computer station where the kids showed their parents the blog that they do with their big buddies on Kidblog.
Once they had completed all of their stations, the parents wrote a note telling their child what they are really proud of.
If your school doesnt' do student led conferences, I would highly recommend it!