Volume 2, Issue 1 - January, 2007
This January, CCEI focuses on motivating early childhood professionals to improve relationships with parents. Positive communication with parents can make a tremendous difference in the atmosphere of your center and directly affects the attitudes and level of contentment experienced by children, staff, and parents.
What can you do to promote family involvement in your child care center? Edna Wallace’s intriguing article, Hands-On Approach to Nurturing the Parent Partnership, discusses practical ways you can involve parents in center events and tap into the many resources they may be able to provide for your center and the children in your care. Building Partnerships: Teachers & Parents Working Together, by Carolyn Ross Tomlin, delves deeper into the establishment and cultivation of positive relationships between teachers and parents by providing appropriate responses to often-asked questions parents may have. As you begin 2007, perhaps it’s time to renew your commitment to creating positive relationships with parents. Consider what steps you can take to ensure children and their families receive the ultimate care and consideration from your child care center!
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Speaking skills are an equally important part of verbal communication. When speaking with parents, strive to create a comfortable atmosphere. This may be accomplished by paying attention to length of speech, tone, volume, and words. It is important not to dominate a conversation. Don’t interrupt when a parent is speaking to you. Avoid negative tones, including sarcasm, disgust, and condescension. Keep a cheerful tone, and speak at a pleasant volume. Finally, it is important to focus on the positive. Avoid saying things that may restrict the flow of communication. When you want to discuss a concern about a child with a parent, it is helpful to start and end with something positive about the child.
Consider the many ways you communicate with parents each day. Is there one particular area that needs improvement? If so, brainstorm ways that you may be able to sharpen your skills in that area. CCEI520 Parent Communication: Building Partners in the Educational Process provides students with an in-depth study of the development of effective communication skills. ChildCare Education Institute is also pleased to offer CCEI961 Parenting Children Ages 1 to 4. This course allows caregivers to consider the unique challenges parents face each day and consider these challenges from the parent’s point of view.
This month’s Online Learning Community Discussion Thread encourages teachers to share methods of communicating with parents that have been helpful for them. Do you have a suggestion for including parents in school activities? Do you need advice about a particular situation? Log on to discuss what works for you and receive tips from other educators around the country. CCEI’s Education Coaches are available to answer questions and provide in-depth coverage of this topic.
A Hands-On Approach to Nurturing the
As a teacher, you want parents who are supportive of your teaching techniques; who extend classroom activities and learning opportunities at home; and who volunteer when needed. As a parent, you want the best education possible for your young child. You want a loving, caring teacher who shows your child respect; who is knowledgeable about child growth and development; and who demonstrates a professional attitude in the classroom. Read Article
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January 19th - How are working parents involved in school activities?
February 2nd - How does the media affect the behaviors of children in your classroom?
February 16th - What positive methods have you used to impact the lives of children during divorce?
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Coming in next month's issue...Home to School Connections.
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