ERIC Number: ED354989
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May
Implementing a Training Workshop To Improve Parent Use of Appropriate Home Activities with Kindergarten Children.
Neitzey, Sharon C.
In response to parents' expressed need for appropriate academic strategies to be used at home with their kindergarten children, a series of parent workshops were designed to explain the philosophy of developmentally appropriate practices with children and to train parents to select activities that followed the philosophy. Participating parents were asked to list the activities they shared with their children during the 12 weeks of the program. As part of the first workshop, a home activity list and home activity calendar were explained. The emphasis of the workshop was on choosing a variety of appropriate activities on the activity list, especially in the language area. Parents were shown different ways to use storybook reading effectively and various strategies to develop children's writing ability. The second workshop focused on the areas of math and critical thinking. Models for questioning techniques and suggestions for creative activities were provided. A third workshop was conducted as an opportunity for parents to discuss their successes and difficulties with the activities and to brainstorm for new ideas. A follow-up survey of the parents revealed that the workshops had been successful in training parents to choose appropriate home activities. Parents surveys, a home activity calendar and activity list, and other related materials are appended. (HOD)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Educational Strategies, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Children, Language Acquisition, Learning Activities, Mathematics Education, Needs Assessment, Parent Education, Parent Role, Parents as Teachers, Primary Education, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Workshops
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Practicum, Nova University.