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Sunday School Parent Communication

by Kathryn Rateliff Barr, studioD

Because communication between a Sunday school teacher and parents is important, churches might include guidelines for parent-teacher communication in their teacher training. This communication might involve notes, newsletters, emails and/or face-to-face conversations to discuss class lessons, in-class and at-home activities, upcoming events and issues of behavior in the classroom.

Class Rules

When a new child joins a Sunday school class, the teacher might send home information about the class rules, such as items the child should not bring to Sunday school, as well as how the teacher deals with student behavior issues. She might also send home her contact information if the parents need to contact her. This can help the parents learn more about the teacher and what she expects of the child. The teacher could also ask what allergies or food sensitivity issues a child has for occasions when the class shares a snack.

Lesson Information

Some Sunday school teachers provide an information sheet each week that details the lesson she presented, questions you can ask on the way home to see how much your child absorbed, as well as ideas you can use to follow up during the week. For example, if the lesson was on the Lord’s Prayer, the teacher might suggest that you pray it with your child each evening and talk more about its meaning to you. She might also provide craft ideas, activities and additional Bible verses for a deeper study of the lesson, or suggest books that you can check out from the church or public library.

Upcoming Events

Some churches offer social events and activities for parents and kids. Teachers might pass out a monthly newsletter that includes a calendar of events to you when you pick up your child. Or, the teacher might ask for an email address and send the newsletter to you via email. Special projects for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and other special days sometimes need special supplies such as a picture of your child, plastic containers or egg crates. A teacher might send a note by email or with your child requesting these supplies, which defray the cost of the Sunday school activities.

Communication No One Likes

Sometimes kids misbehave in Sunday school and teachers must ask a parent to address the issue at home. The teacher could do this face-to-face on a Sunday morning before or after class, by letter or email. She might also call you sometime during the week to discuss the issue. No teacher likes to deal with this type of communication, but catching it early and nipping it in the bud can prevent a situation whereby you have to come to the class on a Sunday morning to deal with your child who is acting inappropriately. You can also address the teacher if your child has a concern such as a problem with another child in the class or is in disagreement with the teacher. Effective communication allows all parties to find a way to resolve any problem so everyone enjoys the Sunday school class.

About the Author

Rev. Kathryn Rateliff Barr has taught birth, parenting, vaccinations and alternative medicine classes since 1994. She is a pastoral family counselor and has parented birth, step, adopted and foster children. She holds bachelor's degrees in English and history from Centenary College of Louisiana. Studies include midwifery, naturopathy and other alternative therapies.

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