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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

To reach the children, reach the parents first

Parents lay the foundation to their child’s education


This article gives great examples on how to integrate parents into a child’s classroom and their learning community. It’s great because it started with a student that went home citing “Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see, which prompted the mom to ask the teacher what it meant.

The teacher explained that the “class read the book,” and learned the song and did an exercise relating to the story about colors.”

As stated in the article, “Parents and other caregivers are a big part of the program, because research has shown that young children benefit when their parents or other adults do things that support their cognitive development.”

As we know from our Early Childhood Education classes, the first teacher that a child has are their parents.  So educating parents on the importance of Education and working with their child (ren) at home must be a priority for us as well.
“The stress of daily life can undermine a child’s development and leave them less prepared for school, which includes the abilities:  to focus, working memory, decision making and self control.”
“In areas such as North Omaha, and other cities where poverty has existed for generations, parents sometimes lack those skills themselves,” so as a community we must help them learn, so that they can teach their children.

One of the things that the teachers did in their community was to go around to the neighborhoods and talked to the parents about enrolling their children in preschool.  “While the program also accepted 3-and 4 year-olds from other neighborhoods, especially if they had language needs or other special education issues, the goal was to enhance a sense of community by ensuring that many of the students were local.”

 I found this portion of the article extremely important, especially if one of the goals was to get the community involved, why not work within that community before branching out in to other communities; it just made sense.

As we know, a lot of centers don’t feel that way, it’s more about enrollment than uniting a community.
There are many ways to get your parents involved in what their child is doing, but the most important thing is to build a professional relationship with them, so that they will feel  comfortable talking to you and you feel comfortable talking to them.


Darla*


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