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According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), in the position statement on developmentally appropriate practice (2009), “Practitioners work in collaborative partnerships with families, establishing and maintaining regular, frequent two-way communication with them” (p. 23).  Trust between home and school is built over time, starting with the very first phone call or visit to the program.  It is crucial to begin a positive relationship with your students’ families in order to best support your students.  

 

For this discussion, you will outline a program that you can implement at your center and with your teachers to foster a strong home-school relationship throughout the school year. 

 

Include the following:

One detailed strategy that you can implement the first week of school.

 

A monthly strategy/theme from September to June (10 months/10 strategies)

 

One benefit you expect to see from your focus

 

Guided Response: Review your peers’ strategies and choose two classmates to reply to with a further explanation.  Choose four of their monthly strategies and complete the following:

 

Elaborate on each strategy by sharing an additional suggestion or activity to enhance communication.  (List the strategy/theme that you are referring to.)

 

Offer an alternate suggestion for one of the chosen strategy/themes as a solution if the parent is not responsive (e.g., is not returning phone calls, is not visiting the school, or the parent avoids you at pick up times).  

 

Explain why you think this additional suggestion will make an impact.

 

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your discussion. 

 

 

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER STUDENTS…

 

 

Collaborating with FamiliesBriana Keirsey Email this Author9/5/2016 1:36:48 PM

Detailed strategy hat can be implemented during the first week of school:

An ice cream social/Back to school night is a great way to break the ice in the beginning of the school year and invite parents and families to come to the classrooms/school and meet the teachers and administrators that care for their children while enjoying an ice cream treat. Encourage parents and family members to peruse their children’s classrooms, become familiar with their child’s cubby, desks or tables, and allow them to check out some artwork made by their child especially for the evening. Have all teachers on hand to meet and greet the families, discuss classroom expectations, and answer any questions the parents may have. Teachers should smile and be approachable so parents and family members feel just as welcome int he classroom as the child does. It is important to build a trusting relationship with families as early on as possible to help the school year be a successful one. Along with the Back to School night, be sure and send home a newsletter briefly explaining how the school year will go, what will be taught, and how to reach teachers and staff when necessary throughout the year.

 

Monthly Strategies for Parent Involvement and Communication:

 

September: Make it a goal to learn all the parents by name, address them on a personal level, and greet them daily.

 

October: Host an in-class Halloween parade/party. Invite parents to come see their children parade around in their costumes, and stay to help out with a small party and refreshments afterward.

 

November: Mystery Reader Month! Each Friday in November, invite 2 volunteer parent or family members to come to school and read a special book to the class. Keep it a secret, but have parents provide clues in advance for teacher to read so children can guess who the readers might be that day.

 

December: Hold mid-year Parent-Teacher conferences. Provide parents with progress reports and discuss their child’s progress with them. Spend as much time as needed with each family. Conferences can be help throughout the month or by phone if more time is needed for a certain family.

 

January: Positive phone calls home. During the month of January, kick off a new year by giving each child a positive phone call home to their parents letting the families know what a wonderful job their child is doing in class.

 

February: Valentine Craft Day for families. Open the classroom for parents and family members to come in and create a special Valentine with their child.

 

March: Bring your Parent to School Day! There is a bring your child to work day, so in March have the reverse. Have parents come to school with their child and see what it is like to go through a typical school day with them.

 

April: End of year conferences. Give progress reports and discuss positive changes and growth in the child throughout the year with the parents. If there are any concerns, address them as well and provide assistance if needed with outside resources.

 

May: Send home an end of year newsletter thanking parents and families for their support and for all their hard work and encouragement throughout the school year. Let them know it was a success thanks to their willingness to be an active participant in their child’s education.

 

June: Field/Fun Day. Hold a field/fun day with the children and open the activities up to parent volunteers. At the very end, have one big game of parents vs. children!

 

After all is said and done, I hope parents will learn to be active participants in their child’s education and feel comfortable and welcome in a classroom setting. I hope after the year is through, parents and family members volunteer and participate regularly in activities and school/class events in the years to come and build a trusting and positive relationship with their child’s teachers. Education can only be successful for a child with the support and encouragement of both school and home.

 

 

 

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Expand Mark as ReadRE: Collaborating with FamiliesInstructor Rich Email this Author9/8/2016 1:06:03 PM

Collapse Mark as UnreadWeek 4 Discussion 2Rushonda Thomas Email this Author9/6/2016 4:21:38 PM

One detailed strategy that you can implement the first week of school.

Helping families feel welcome and respected in an early childhood program may begin with the warm smile and greeting they receive as they enter the doors, but there are several key practices that are essential for supporting these connections between the early childhood program and the families it serves, (Gadzikowski 2013). In an effort to build this home-school relationship, for the first week of school by having a family night. This will allow the parents and children to socialize amongst each other, as well as get to know the staff that is in the center. At this time they can also explore the school, and become familiar with the classrooms, the expectations of the class, and ask whatever questions they may have program.

 

A monthly strategy/theme from September to June (10 months/10 strategies.

September: At the beginning of the school year I will have a parent- teacher conferences. A parent-teacher conference is an opportunity for staff and parents to meet and talk together, to review the child’s progress, to listen and respond to parents’ questions and concerns, and to plan together for how to continue to support the child’s growth and development, (Gadzikowski 2013).

 

October: Have a field trip to the Pumpkin Patch, and encourage the families to come and volunteer.

 

November: This month we will encourage the parents to stay and make a turkey hat with their children. This will help assist the children and teacher with the project.

 

December: We will have a door decorating event. The parents will be asked to decorate their child’s door in the spirit of the holiday. To encourage them to do so, we will offer the classes that participate a holiday party.

 

January: After the Christmas break, I like to have another parent-teacher conference to update the parents on their child’s progress. Also to come up with new goals for the child to accomplish during the spring semester of school.

 

February: This month is Black History Month. In honor of this I will have the parents come in and introduce a new person, by reading a book to the class.

 

March: The theme of this month is come and fly a kite with me. With kites that are provided by the school, we will have a day for each classroom to go on the playground and fly a kite with their parents.

 

April: The theme for this month is to plant a flower with your child. At the center we will start classroom gardens, and the child will plant a seed with their parents, and be responsible for the well-being of the plant.

 

May: This month is multicultural month. We will encourage the parents to decorate their child’s classroom with different countries artifacts and culture. On a specific day that we decide we will have each child walk around to each classroom and experience each country. At the end they will get a sticker in their passport that says they went to that place.

 

June:  End of the year field day. This is an event that will be held the last month of each school year. It will be carnival style with lots of games, and food. The booths will be ran by the parents, and once the child completes the task they will win a prize.

 

One benefit you expect to see from your focus

The benefits of a strong home-school partnership is making the parents feel like they are a part of their child’s education. At our center there is an open door policy. We want the parents to feel welcome at any time, not just during the monthly events. If this is set in place the child will have a strong foundation at school, and at home.

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