How Can Parents Get Involved?
When sending home a show and tell schedule, include ideas for the parents. Many parents are willing to become involved in the classroom and show and tell. If you are planning a show and tell around a theme, then let the parents know ahead of time. In the example of teaching about snow, send home some ideas that the students could bring into the classroom related to snow.
It could be as simple as a packet of hot chocolate, a book about snow, a favorite snow toy, gloves or mittens, a ruler that they used to measure the amount of snow, anything is possible! Parents will enjoy that the show and tell is related to the whole family as well. I once had a student bring in a spatula. The spatula was used to make cookies with his mom. His mom then came into the class with a plate of baked cookies for the class. Simple, yet profound, as there is a story waiting to happen.
Ask parents to write a story for the class about a life experience with their child, including pictures. For examples, have the parent and child write together about something that happened or somewhere they went to include in show and tell. Some teachers do this by sending home a classroom mascot, pet or backpack for students to experience, write and illustrate, but the same can be accomplished with any life experience.