IntoductionWe don’t have lectures in this course, but this week we have this slide show.Chapter 7 marks a big shift in the course – moving from theory to practice. If you’ve been skimming the text, I hope this wakes you up and gets you to look more closely at this chapter
Know Your Families: Home VisitsIn Chapter 7, there is a discussion of home visits starting on page 178. I point this out because it comes up often as a discussion topic.Professionals who have the luxury of home visits don’t understand how others survive without doing them.
Getting Parents Interested Chapter 7 reframes the idea of “parent education” to that of building partnerships and presenting opportunities for parents to share their strengths. These are discussions about changing both practices and attitudes. The PTA family involvement website ( http://www.pta.org/family_school_partnerships) mentions four key frameworks: - overlapping spheres of influence - social capital - empowerment - cultural competence I encourage you to visit the website!
A video resource: Eastern Connecticut State University produced this video on parent involvement: http://www.easternct.edu/cece/e-clips_involving_families.html It encourages you to think about: How do we build trusting relationships with families? What do we currently do to keep families informed about what their children are learning in the classroom? What other strategies might we try? How can we encourage families to get involved in classroom or program activities? What strategies can we use to extend classroom learning to the home? What materials might we share with families to support learning at home?
The Anti-Bias CurriculumOne more great resource in this chapter is The Anti-Bias Curriculum (Derman-Sparks NAEYC) mentioned on page 180.It has just been re-issued with a new title, Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves. It reflects on attitudes of children about such topics as homelessness. A thoughtful reading of the section: “Positive Relationships with and Among Families would really help you put many of the ideas in this course into practice.” (The 1989 version of the Book is in the HCC library)
Figure 7-11Look at page 191 in the Chapter for some parent generated ideas about “reaching out to reticent parents.”Do you ever do any of these things?It’s not enough to say that parents “aren’t interested” or are “too busy” or “leave the teaching to the teachers.” Your partnership is a critical component of the development of their child.
Also –Check out the manyweb-links that are apart of this unit!