Families and parents are encouraged to contribute time and support to the preschool programs in both the classroom and at home. Here are a few suggestions for engagement:
Take time to talk :
-encourage asking and responding to questions
-help your child be aware of sounds in the environment
-use the five senses to stimulate conversation. For example – How does the tree sound, feel, smell, taste or look?
Take time to listen:
-encourage storytelling and retelling
-develop positive ways to react when your child is talking
-encourage your child to tell stories about a trip or experience
-respond attentively when your child is talking
Limit screen time:
-set limits and check for age appropriate shows
-encourage family discussion about shows
Visit the library:
-check out books to share
-read about subjects your child is interested in
-make reading a pleasurable time
Visit the school
-get involved with your child’s education
-encourage discussion at home about school – ask questions about their day, activities and friend.
-volunteer in your child’s classroom
-take advantage of opportunities to learn
– allow and encourage activities such as dress-up, puppetry,
play store and exploratory play
-give children opportunities to make choices about preferred activities
Enjoy your children!
-you are your child’s first and most important teacher – encourage your child to
develop, grow and become a happy person!