“This book offers practical advice for early years practitioners on ways to work effectively with parents.” -CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Involving Parents in their Children's Learning is the story of the pioneering work of the Pen Green Centre for children and families. Showing how early years practitioners can collaborate effectively with parents, the book includes case studies of parents and children who have attended the centre, studies which chart developments in learning for both children and parents. The book will inspire early years practitioners and offer them practical advice on ways of developing effective work with parents.
Drawing on their work at the renowned Pen Green Centre, the authors show how to:
support parents as their child's first educator; provide practical and psychological support to parents; involve fathers and male carers; share important child development concepts; support and extend children's learning; reach out to hard-to-reach parents
This New Edition follows up on the stories of people featured in the first edition, showing how they have progressed over the last few years. It also includes new chapters covering the headteacher's role in developing parental involvement programmes, how the Pen Green model has been applied in primary schools, and the use of parental diaries.
The book is essential reading for students on early years courses (BA, FdA, B.Ed), as well as practising early years professionals and senior management teams in primary schools.
Chapter 12: Developing PICL in Primary Schools: Beyond the Reading Record
Developing PICL in Primary Schools: Beyond the Reading Record
This chapter looks at the gains that can be made in involving parents in a primary school by following Pen Green's Parents Involvment in Their Children's Learning (PICL) training programme. The programme was adapted for the school setting through a process of discussion, review, reflection and action. I consider the frustrations I had with the traditional school-home methods of communication and explore how, as a primary school staff team, we began working toward building real partnerships with parents. I describe how the child study, a central component of the programme, was a real turning point and a trigger for a critical review of our primary schools pedagogy. Through ...