Foundations 3: Family Engagement

Welcome to Foundations 3

Family Engagement


Families and children will love to celebrate all the learning adventures that happens in your class.

Educating a child is a partnership between home and school. Teachers and families provide each other with unique insights and perspectives on a child. Strong teacher-family relationships create a support system for the child to success and reach individual goals (Henderson & Berla, 1994)

All families are unique with diverse values and cultural traditions. Research has positively linked parent participation in school-based activities to the child’s development of language, social and motor development (Macon, 1999). This training will show you six techniques for increasing parent participation both in your school as well as at home.

Six learning objectives and six strategies to use this month:

By the end of this training, you will have the tools and knowledge to:

# Learning Objective Description
1 Describe 3 goals the family has for the child’s learning. Teachers will use a Family Questionnaire to gather information about the family’s goals, cultural background and beliefs about the child’s needs and interests regarding the child’s development.
2 Explain to families the thematic learning objectives of the curriculum experiences that their child participates in. Teachers will use monthly or weekly newsletters to explain the thematic learning objectives of the curriculum.
3 Explain to families the developmental skills integrated into the curriculum experiences. Teachers will be able to summarize the developmental continuum of skills and domains of learning. They will identify and explain to families which skill is integrated into learning activities and give families the Developmental Continuum of Skills poster that relates to their child’s age (infant, toddler or preschool).
4 Communicate a tangible example to families of how their child learned today during one specific activity. Teachers will send home a work sample (including art or project) and write an anecdote or verbally explain what skill the child used when creating the work. Teachers can use the My Creative Mind Cards included in the Experience Early Learning system to facilitate this process.
5 Plan a weekly at-home learning game for parents to do with their children and connect the school to home learning. Teachers will give at least one at-home idea per week to connect learning from school to home. Examples include a game, book, discussion, or outdoor play idea.  Teachers can find suggestions from Experience Early Learning in the online book lists  or create and send home “borrow bags” from previously used folder games.
6 Organize a monthly family event to invite families to experience and learn with their child at the school. Teachers will plan a family event on their own or by using the Celebration Kits provided by the Experience Early Learning system. During the event, the teacher will describe the intention of each game and how the children learn and develop by participating.


This training walks you through step-by-step to implement these strategies and gives you the materials to implement immediately. The six hours for training includes reading and learning the content in this online workshop as well as doing the “Action” tasks prompted throughout the training.

There are two parts to this session and a quiz at the end of the training. Pass with over 70% and receive a personalized, dated training certificate.


Next: Part 1 Understanding Family Goals > 


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