Partnering with Parents: 29 Easy Programs to Involve Parents in the Early Learning Process

Partnering with Parents: 29 Easy Programs to Involve Parents in the Early Learning Process

by Robert Rockwell, K. Whelan Dery
     
 

Offering a complete plan for every type of meeting, Partnering With Parents takes the worry out of parent-teacher communication, with meeting plans for all curriculum areas, helpful tips and strategies, and easy ways to make the connection between home and school.

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Offering a complete plan for every type of meeting, Partnering With Parents takes the worry out of parent-teacher communication, with meeting plans for all curriculum areas, helpful tips and strategies, and easy ways to make the connection between home and school.

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Children's Literature
The 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780876592311
Publisher:
Gryphon House Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2003
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,204,244
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author


Robert Rockwell has many years of experience as a teacher and administrator at preschool, elementary, and college levels. He is in demand as a speaker and has traveled and conducted workshops throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. He has been a frequent guest on radio and television programs advocating for young children and their caregivers. Currently, Robert is professor emeritus and former program director of the early childhood education program at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. He has experience as a speech pathologist, teacher of the hearing impaired, and as an administrator. He has been a research consultant for the University of Chicago and has also served as a Head Start director. Robert is a prolific writer with many published articles and books available throughout the world. He is currently the science section contributor for Children and Families, a quarterly magazine published by the National Head Start Association. Debra Reichert Hoge was an associate professor in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. She taught courses in the areas of language acquisition, child language disorders, early childhood special education, family involvement, and augmentative communication. Gryphon House is saddened by her death in the fall of 2003. Bill Searcy is Chair of the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. He teaches an early literacy and reading course, and his main interest is in early writing development.

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