I taught kindergarten, and I always had a reasonable number of parents ask to volunteer in the classroom. Great! The help was appreciated. After some time, I realized that volunteers could be broken down into the following types:
The On-the-Ball Parent—This is the parent who not only can make copies and cut out patterns but can also read with students and take initiative to help those they see struggling.
The Extra Large Kindergartner—This parent really just wants to be part of the class. You’ll get no copies out of this volunteer.
The Coffee Breakers—These come in pairs and are really keen on chatting with each other.
The Whine Trigger—This is the parent whose child instantly regresses during the volunteering time. There is usually whining and crying involved.
Whichever category they fell into, I was certainly thankful for each and every volunteer since I needed the help! Take a look at this article about a school that has a different system for parent volunteers. Would you like to have a separate parent volunteer room like they do?