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ERIC Number: ED386346
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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"Preescolar Na Casa": Teaching Parents To Teach Children. Chapter 3.
Fernandez, Ermitas
This chapter describes a school readiness program that has been implemented in rural Galicia (Spain) since 1977. Data reveal that 70 percent of Galicia's population lives in rural areas, the economy remains primarily agricultural, Galicians earn less than the national average and have the largest number of public assistance recipients, and there is a 40 percent failure rate in the schools (higher in rural areas). The program aims to prepare parents to create a conducive educational environment in the home and to choose activities that support their children's development in all areas. The families of 2,658 children aged 0-6 are currently involved in the program, which has 22 counselor teachers, 4 volunteers, 19 aides, and 6 municipal councils. Meetings are held with parents and children every 2 weeks and include presentations of children's home learning activities, instructions for parents on home learning activities, planning for future activities and learning themes, and discussion of child rearing issues. Other program activities include a parent newsletter, radio programs for parents and children, a weekly half-hour television program for parents, resource materials concerning child rearing, and the publication of booklets for parents on various subjects. Program evaluation reveals that meetings have enhanced the self-esteem of parents, improved the quality of family life for participants, led to better use of local resources, and resulted in parents' active participation in their children's education. Additionally, children displayed improved communication skills, increased self-esteem, and independence. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain