Family-Centered Programs Assist in the Classroom and at Home

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FAMILY-CENTERED PROGRAMS ASSIST IN THE CLASSROOM AND AT HOME Nekita Roberts ECE313: Collaboration with Parents & Community Prof. Sara McBryde Sunday, March 24, 2013 Family-Centered Programs Assist in the Classroom and at Home In teaching it is important to have a program that not only works in the classroom but helps the student at home. A family-centered program focuses on helping the student learn not only “book” lessons but learning life or home based skills in the classroom that can help them at home and in life. It is getting the family involved in activities that take place in the classroom, helping parents get and stay involved in their child’s academic life, and teaching the whole child. In this paper I will be discussing how to encourage desired behaviors from pre-school-aged children at home and at school, and strategies that can be used to teach these behaviors and to assist the parents in enforcing these behaviors at home. Attachment can be defined as a bond formed between a child and educator, and a child to their parents. This is “the basis of healthy care and education is social-emotional development and the basis of that is attachment comes from synchronous relationships” (Gonzalez-Mena, 2009); we say this to say that the parent or educators are in sync with the child’s needs. A child can experience distress when being separated from their parents, and can be comforted by having a healthy attachment to their teacher. They know that when they are with their teacher their needs are going to be met, that they are safe, and that they will be cared for. Self-help skills: These are skills that you can teach in the classroom and that the parents can incorporate at home. Self-help skills are important because it teaches the children to do things for themselves, have a sense of independence, a sense of accomplishment when they learn a
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