Anyone not like to use parent volunteers? I have a full time assistant in the room and we do well during the day. I like that my first graders are independent and don't need adults doing things for them...I know they can pick up learned helplessness. I feel guilty for feeling this way as most teachers would beg for parents volunteers and I have them beating down my door. I do use parents for field trips, parties, and occasionally pulling sheets out of math workbooks. I use the Daily 5 system so my students do not use traditional centers but are working on writing, reading, guided reading, etc.