Last year, I had tons of parent volunteers...I did a schedule each month, with some parents helping in computer lab, some during journal writing time, and some helping with prepping materials. It was a nightmare, so this year I didn't really have volunteers. There were a few moms who would always mention that they were willing to help if I needed anything, so I would just email them if I had any prep work to do or needed help with something. I felt really disconnected from parents this year...Last year I felt like I had established some great relationships. I'm thinking this is because parents weren't in my classroom as much. The thing is, I want it to be simple. I want it to actually be helpful instead of more work. How do you use volunteers in your classroom? I'm thinking about having a computer lab volunteer once a week (to help the kids log in and trouble-shoot), and maybe someone once a month to help with any prep work I might have.