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My Beginning of the Year Parent Questionnaire

Two of my three kids; and that's who this is all about
Two of my three kids; and that’s who this is all about

Yesterday I shared my student questionnaire so I find it only apt to share my parent questionnaire as well.  While there are so many things I wanted to ask my parents, I wanted to keep it short and to the point.  As always, feel free to make a copy and make it your own.

Here is a link to the actual form

Here are just the questions on the form:

Tell Me A Little Bit About Your Child

  1. What is the most important thing I should know about your child?

  2. What is your child passionate about?

  1. What would you love your child to get better at?

  1. Overall how does your child feel about school and 5th grade?

  1. My child learns best when the teacher is….

  1. Great friends for my child are ….

  1. My child does not work well with…

  1. What is your child’s favorite book?

  1. What fears does your child have?  (Big or small)

  1. What is the best way to motivate your child?

Tell Me A Little Bit About You and Your Family

  1. What are you looking forward to with 5th grade?

  1. How would you like to be involved with your child’s education?

  1. What is your preferred method of communication (email, phone call, meeting, note…)

  1. Does your family have any special celebrations or traditions you would like to share with the class?

  1. What subject/area did you dislike when you went to school?

  1. What subject/area did you love when you went to school?

  1. I think 5th grade will be….

  1. A typical afternoon after school looks like this in our life…

  1. Who else lives at your house (siblings, pets etc.?)

  1. Anything else you would like to tell me that will help me make this a successful year?


19 thoughts on “My Beginning of the Year Parent Questionnaire”

  1. Great questionnaire. Too often the children that I need the most help to understand are the ones whose parents don’t send back the questionnaire. Do you get a good response from your parents?

  2. This is an excellent question from Bev…what is your return ratio? I have had the same results with parents not returning forms and the families I really need to hear from are the ones that remain silent. How do you encourage parents to return the form?

  3. My return rate is usually 100%, however, we aso used to have orientation day where parents would have time to fill it out. This year I will be mailing it out to parents with my welcome letter and then also give them time during our open house. Usually we don’t have much of a problem getting them back, however, if we don’t, I do think that also tells a story in itself.

  4. I have the luxury of a small classroom population (maximum of 18), so I have a short, informal meeting with all my families face to face and I will certainly be adding some of your questions this year – thanks for your openness 🙂

  5. This questionnaire is excellent!! Thank you so much for sharing! I’m thinking I can use it with my college students….and this semester I start training teachers! They will love it!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

  6. I love this questionnaire – a really effective way of encouraging parent involvement from the very beginning of the year and of obtaining some really useful information. As I work in a PYP work I may well adapt some of the questions to include IB learner profile or PYP attitudes, but I do think the content of the original questionnaire is already excellent. Thank you for sharing!

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