|Posted by Susan Armstrong on December 15, 2010 at 2:28 PM|
Parent Involvement Strategies for Preschoolers: Early Literacy
1) Create a trusting relationship with parents.
Parents want to feel accepted, respected and valued, for their individuality, parental capabilities, and cultural diversity. Teachers should be aware of this, as well as be sensitive to the expectations and desires parents have for their children’s learning and growth. Parents should fell included, respected and welcomed in their child’s classroom learning and growth planning.
2) Have regular parent-teacher conferences.
Get together with parents on a regular basis, possibly every quarter, to discuss their child’s developmental growths and to gain feedback from parents. Parents can assess their child’s development and growth and talk about the activities that they feel work best for their child, at the center and at home. Provide displays and a portfolio of children’s works and accomplishments, to show to parents at this time as well.
3) Have an open-communication policy.
Keep communication open between parents and teachers in the classroom. Conduct regular surveys, questionnaires and checklists to get parents’ input and ideas,and to be used as an evaluation of their child’s learning and development. Often times when a parent comes to get their child, the teacher may not be able to speak to parents in depth. Being sure to provide an open-communication policy,like providing a direct email address to teachers, or by providing a “comments and suggestions” box, so parents can give their input or post a question, so parents feel they can be in contact with teachers at any time. Parents’ involvement becomes an open-door communication policy.
4) Encourage early literacy promotion at home.
Encourage parents to promote literacy and reading in the home. Make a poster or provide parents with a list of recommended literacy materials they can have at home, to promote literacy and reading, which includes suggestions for parents, such as providing a language rich environment with:
Alphabet letter toys, note cards, greeting cards, pencils,crayons, note pads, notebooks, menus, scrap paper, magazines, small chalkboard, reading books and phone books.Encouraging early writing, scribble and doodling. Writing down the things children tell you about their pictures. Reading signs when driving. Make books together from home made things. Reading cereal boxes together at breakfast.
5) Start a book club in your classroom.
Start a book club or library check out system from your classroom. Allow parents to assist their children in checking out a book or two from the classroom library. Encourage parents to read to their child daily, and to allow their child to tell, re-tell, and make up different ways to tell the stories at home, that they chose from the classroom library. Parents would be involved in what typesof books their child chooses, and they would be involved in reading to them as well.
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