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Children's LiteratureThe authors define parent involvement as "any activity that empowers parents and families to participate in the educational process." This book focuses primarily on the value of the family meeting, i.e. involving the entire family in a hands-on workshop format using curricular activities such as art, music, science, math and so on. There are 27 different themes organized according to content area, purpose, invitation, reminder, nametag, mixer (ice breaker), introduction, stations, evaluation, literacy connection and refreshments. They didn't forget a thing. The book's introduction provides discussion on guidelines and tips for family meetings, strategies for successful ones, perceived obstacles and tips for organizing station activities. There are plenty of black line masters for nametag ideas, activities and evaluations, invitations and worksheets, when needed. The success of any meeting is often dependent on the planning. This helpful book will aid any professional who works with families to gain the confidence to conduct successful family meetings. Activities include, for example, those on the life cycle of the butterfly, discovering our unique qualities, exploring the community and movement activities. Something for everyone! 2003, Gryphon House, Ages adult parent professional.
— Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.