Applying Family System Theory to Early Childhood Education

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In this article it talks about how Working with families is one of the most important aspects of being an early childhood professional and still an area in which many educators have received a little practice. Teachers spend hours learning about child development, developmentally appropriate practices, health and safety, playgrounds, and play. At times it seems that teachers focus on children as if they appear from nowhere, land in their classrooms, and merely disappear at the end of the day. Teachers may ignore the settings in which they spend their time away from the classroom, believing they are not very important. But the home environment is influencing what goes on in school. There are a lot of resources that talks about parents’ involvement and reference in family involvement. However, there are researches addressing about understanding of family system as a way of early childhood education. Later on we will talk about family system and ideas for working with families. Family system theory it explains why family act the way that they do in different situations. This theory is typically used in family counseling and therapy; much can be learned from examining it in the context of early childhood settings. Family systems theory has been used in trying to understand problems of students in school settings (Sawatzky, Eckert, & Ryan 1993; Widerman & Widerman 1995; Kraus 1998; Van Velsor & Cox 2000). The need to understand early childhood setting is indicates by professional organization so they can prepare early childhood and elementary professional. The concept of family theory is to help each member of the family by influencing and encouraging each other. Also, we learn things that we wouldn’t learn it at school or even work. Family experience will show what we expect from ourselves to do in this world. In addition, family theory is about focusing in family
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